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Wertheimers land first Group race of the season

POLYTECHNICIEN enjoyedthe benefit of a previous run at Deauville earlier this month to land the first Group race of the season, the Prix Exbury at Saint-Cloud,  for his owner/breeders the Wertheimers.

He is by the Breeders'  Cup Mile winner Royal Academy, who started his career in Ireland but switched to Coolmore's Ashford Stud in Kentucky after three years, where his fee reached a career high of $45,000 in 1999. Polytechnicien was conceived at a time when his fee was $17,500.

The five-year-old's  dam, the  Seeking The Gold mare Golden Party, is half-sister to Wertheimer-bred Grade 1 winners Dare And Go and Go Deputy.

Having been led out unsold at Keeneland as an eight-year-old in 2005 at $190,000, Golden Party was sold as a 13-year-old last year for just $7,000. Her year-younger half-sister Charmgoer, also consigned by Hagyard Farm, agent made $25,000 on the same day.




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