Turf Horse of the Month

Fasig-Tipton Turf Horse of the Month for April: Maker’s 46 Mile winner American Patriot

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Monday, May 1, 2017) — WinStar Farm’s American Patriot, who earned a likely trip to England’s revered Royal Ascot by capturing Keeneland’s Grade 1 Maker’s 46 Mile, is the Fasig-Tipton Turf Horse of the Month for April.

American Patriot, a son of Claiborne Farm’s popular stallion War Front, swung six-wide entering the lane and rallied to wear down Heart to Heart in the final strides for a neck victory in the $300,000 race April 14, covering the mile in 1:34.70 and paying $23 to win. It also gave trainer Todd Pletcher a record-breaking 51 stakes victories at Keeneland.

Elliott Walden, WinStar president and CEO, said the objective now is the Group 1 Queen Anne on June 20 at Royal Ascot, Britain’s most famous race meet.

“Just really excited about him,” Walden said of American Patriot. “He’s really progressing nicely through his 4-year-old start of the year. Just doing super, came out of the race great. The thought behind going to Royal Ascot is, one, War Fronts have traditionally done very well there. We think he’s also a horse that can run a mile to a mile and a quarter. The Queen Anne is an uphill mile, a very demanding mile where it kind of takes a mile-and-a-sixteenth, mile-and-an-eighth type horse to win. We think that fits him well.

“It’s a good time to try it. You can come back to Saratoga, Keeneland in the fall and the Breeders’ Cup Mile.”

WinStar won last year’s Breeders’ Cup Mile with Tourist, now part of the farm’s elite stallion roster. Walden says American Patriot needs to beef up his resume before any comparisons are made.

“But listen, this horse is improving,” he said. “The other thing about going to Royal Ascot is he’s proven he doesn’t need his racetrack. He’s won at Delaware, Belmont, Keeneland and run well at Arlington in the Secretariat.”

American Patriot, out of the Tiznow mare Life Well Lived and from the female family of Dubai World Cup winner Well Armed, now is 5-0-3 in 11 starts, earning $475,050.

The monthly award recognizing the outstanding grass performer is sponsored by the internationally prominent Fasig-Tipton sales company, which this Sept. 10 will stage its first Turf Showcase auction consisting of selected yearlings suited for grass racing at its Newtown Paddocks in Lexington, Ky.

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