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Weemissfrankie - Del Mar CA. August 20, 2011

Weemissfrankie: Grade 1 winner one of 63 foals from the first crop of the short-lived New York stallion Sunriver

  PICTURE: Alex Evers/Equi Sport photos 

Merits of late
Sunriver shine brightly

THE merits of short-lived stallion Sunriver continue to be advertised by leading American juvenile Weemissfrankie, who maintained her march towards the Breeders' Cup with a narrow score in the Grade 1 Oak Leaf Stakes at Santa Anita on Sunday.

The Peter Eurton-trained filly, who won the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante Stakes last month, is one of 63 two-year-olds from the first crop of 2007 Grade 1 Hollywood Turf Cup winner Sunriver, a brother to champion Ashado. The son of Saint Ballado was found dead in August 2009 after standing just two seasons at Empire Stud in New York.

To date, he is the sire of two winners from six runners in the US. He has 49 yearlings in his second and final crop.

Bred by Hidden Point Farm in New York, Weemissfrankie is the first of five winners out of the unraced Meadowlake mare Star Away to score at stakes level. Star Away is a half-sister to ten winners including restricted stakes heroine Program Pick, the dam of Grade 1 winner Stormy Pick.

Weemissfrankie was purchased by Joe Ciglagia for $170,000 at this year's OBS Spring Two-year-olds in Training Sale in Florida.




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