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Turbulent Descent with David Flores (right) up wins the Hollywood Starlet at Hollywood Park, Inglewood CA. December11, 2010

Turbulent Descent (right), seen winning the Hollywood Starlet Stakes last year, is one of two Grade 1 winners from the first crop of Congrats

  PICTURE: EquiSport photos/Alex Evers 

Further reason for Congrats in Anita Oaks

Santa Anita: Santa Anita Oaks (Grade 1), 1m 1/2f, 3yo

TURBULENT DESCENT (f Congrats - Roger's Sue by Forestry)

Breeder: Ocala Stud Farm in US

THE Santa Anita Oaks provided Turbulent Descent with an opportunity for revenge over her recent Las Virgenes Stakes conqueror Zazu (by Tapit) and the daughter of Congrats took advantage, holding off her old rival by a diminishing neck.

Turbulent Descent is the leading performer from the first crop of her Grade 2-winning sire, an A P Indy brother to useful sire Flatter who is standing his first season at Vinery in Kentucky after starting his stud career in Florida.

In addition to Turbulent Descent, Congrats is also the sire of last season's Grade 1 Alcibiades Stakes winner Wickedly Perfect, who was sold at the Keeneland January Sale to Katsumi Yoshida for $800,000, and the Grade 1-placed pair I'm Steppin It Up and Jordy Y. In all, Congrats is the sire of 14 stakes runners from 102 first-crop foals. He was the leading American first season sire of 2010 and consequently is standing for $15,000 this season as opposed to the $4,500 he commanded in 2010.

Turbulent Descent and Wickedly Perfect are proof that Congrats seems to work particularly well with mares descending from Storm Cat; Wickedly Perfect is out of a mare by the disappointing Tactical Cat while Turbulent Descent is out of a mare by Taylor Made's Forestry.

A $160,000 purchase by Blinkers On Racing Stable at the OBS Spring Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale in Florida, Turbulent Descent is a half-sister to two winners and out of a granddaughter of triple Grade 1 winner Stunning. She descends from influential mare Square Angel, also the ancestress of Swain, Fantastic Light, Northern Afleet and Music Show.

New Grade 1 winner for Awesome Again

Santa Anita Handicap (Grade 1), 1m2f, 4yo+

GAME ON DUDE (4 c Awesome Again - Worldly Pleasure by Devil His Due)

Breeder: Adena Springs in USA

THE Bob Baffert-trained Game On Dude survived a 12 minute stewards' enquiry to score a 14/1 upset in the Santa Anita Handicap under Chantal Sutherland and become the 11th Grade 1 winner for Awesome Again.

Awesome Again, who carried Frank Stronach's colours to victory in the 1998 Breeders' Cup Classic, has been a flagbearer of the Adena Springs' operation in Kentucky since his first-crop hit the track in 2002. That first batch of 74 foals contained four Graded stakes winners including the brilliant Ghostzapper, who emulated his sire by taking the Breeders' Cup Classic before retiring to stand alongside him at Adena Springs.

Awesome Again has since been represented by the likes of Wilko, who won the 2004 Breeders' Cup Juvenile for Jeremy Noseda, US champion Ginger Punch and the Grade 1-winning siblings Daaher and Spun Sugar.

The son of Deputy Minister stands at Adena Springs in Kentucky for $50,000.

Game On Dude is the fifth Grade 1 winner by the stallion bred by Stronach following Ghostzapper, Ginger Punch, Spun Sugar and Sugar Shake. He is the second foal and winner out of Worldly Pleasure, an eight-time scorer whose finest moment came when landing the Politely Stakes as a three-year-old.

Worldly Pleasure was sold in foal to Awesome Again's half-brother Macho Uno for $15,000 to the Korean-based buyer K.O.I.D. Co. Ltd at the 2009 Keeneland November Sale.

Game On Dude was unsold for $210,000 at the 2008 Keeneland September Sale.





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