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Went The Day Well

Went The Day Well: bought for 26,000gns by Oliver St Lawrence at Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Sale

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Spiral Stakes victory for Tattersalls graduate

TATTERSALLS graduate Went The Day Well put himself in the Kentucky Derby mix on Saturday when easily winning the Grade 3 Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park.

Trained by Graham Motion on behalf of Team Valor, the colt ran second on both his starts last season for Ed McMahon before selling privately to his current connections.

Went The Day Well is the fourth stakes winner this season by Airdrie Stud's Kentucky Derby runner-up Proud Citizen, a son of Gone West who hit the heights when siring champion Proud Spell and Paul Cole's high-class colt River Proud in his first crop.

However, Proud Citizen has also endured his share of patchy moments, with his book size ranging from 145 maresin 2008 off the back of champion Proud Spell to 49 in 2011. His fee has also yo-yoed, climbing from $12,500 to $30,000 in 2009 before plummeting back down to $7,500 this year.

The first Graded stakes winner out of a mare by Tiznow, Went The Day Well is the first foal out of the unraced Tiz Maie's Day. She is a half-sister to seven winners including Listed scorer Jah as well as the dam of Queen's Vase hero Duke Of Venice, and out of Grade 2 winner Sweet Roberta.

Purchased for $15,000 by Grove Stud at the 2009 Keeneland November Sale, Went The Day Well was resold to Oliver St Lawrence for 26,000gns at Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Sale.

Victory for Went The Day Well in the Kentucky Derby wouldsee Tattersalls associated with a second winner of the Classic in as many years since they also sold the dam of Animal Kingdom, Dalicia.

 

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