A fast and precocious two-year-old trained by Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, Santos was a winner at the spring juvenile trials before making his debut with a good third in the Listed ATC Breeders Plate behind Performer and Bondi.
A son of the record-breaking, Champion sire I Am Invincible, Santos returned in the autumn with an easy victory in the $150,000 ATC Pierro Plate at Royal Randwick and then booked his place in the Gr.1 ATC Golden Slipper (1200m) with a tenacious win in the Gr.2 ATC Skyline Stakes (1200m), with the defeated brigade including the Gr.1 performer Zousain.
The Skyline traditionally attracts a high-class field of colts and has been a great race for producing future stallions with past winners including Snitzel, Choisir, Hinchinbrook and Manhattan Rain, the sire of Golden Slipper winner She Will Reign.
Bred by Emirates Park, Santos comes from one of their most successful families being a half-brother to Japanese Gr.3 winner Melagrana from a half-sister to Group winners Mutawaajid, Adeewin and Fatoon, the dam of Gr.1 ATC Epsom Handicap winner Fat Al.
Completely free of Danehill blood, Santos has the good looks, natural speed and quality that are the hallmarks of his famous sire I Am Invincible, so will surely have wide appeal to broodmare owners this spring.
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Santos BR News
Bumper Turn Out For Qld Aquis Sire ParadeFri, 16 Aug 2019
In Queensland on Sunday, a great turnout of 600 local and interstate breeders, trainers and valued clients enjoyed the annual Aquis Farm stallion parade prior to the commencement of the covering season. The seven Canungra-based stallions: Domesday, Husson, Kiss And Make Up, Kobayashi, The Mission, Spill The Beans and exciting new addition to the roster Performer were joined by new Hunter Valley-based stallions Brave Smash and Santos. Aquis CEO Shane McGrath enthused about the success of the parade; “With all the stallions looking in magnificent order, it was of no surprise to have such extremely positive feedback from everyone on the quality of the stallions paraded. It was also great to have Champion trainer Chris Waller here to chat about Performer.” The Aquis community managed to raise over $22,000 from the sale of four auction items - including a nomination to Spill The Beans which sold to Highgrove Stud’s Ron Gilbert - with all proceeds going to Liam, the son of valued team member Simon Hancock who unexpected passed away recently. The Aquis team will continue to Victoria on Sunday, where Zoustar’s multiple Gr2-winning son Lean Mean Machine and the impressive looking $1.2 million yearling Siege Of Quebec will headline the organisation’s first stallion parade in the state.
Options Aplenty for SantosWed, 5 Sep 2018
Talented Sydney colt Santos (I Am Invincible-Ghaliah, by Secret Savings) will kick off his spring campaign when he resumes in the Gr2 Run To The Rose (1200m) at Rosehill on Saturday. The Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained colt, who gave a glimpse of his class when winning the Gr2 Skyline Stakes (1200m) at Randwick in the autumn, is being aimed at the $1 million Gr1 Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill 22 September. "We are mindful of what we have in store for him this campaign. His early target is the Golden Rose, but after that we potentially want to take him down to Melbourne," Bott told Sky Sports Radio. "I think the tempo of this 1200 metre race should suit him. We are of the opinion that he will get further too, maybe a mile. But we are not afraid to keep him to sprint trips if we think that would be best. So there are a few options with him. The Coolmore Stud Stakes [Gr1] down the straight could be another nice race for him."
Golden Rose Target for Smart ColtThu, 28 Jun 2018
Talented Sydney colt Santos (I Am Invincible-Ghaliah, by Secret Savings) will be aimed at the $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) for 3YOs in the spring. The Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-trained 2YO showed that he could mix it with the best of his generation when winning the Group 2 Skyline Stakes (1200m) at Randwick in the autumn. "I think the Golden Rose is the right race for him," co-trainer Adrian Bott told Sky Sports Radio. "He has come back in excellent shape. He has really developed physically. He has always had plenty of scope about him but he has filled out into that big frame of his and really strengthened up." Bott added: "We have always looked to stretch him out to seven furlongs and even a mile in time will be ideal for him. That is the obvious race for those top-class horses and we feel he is every bit a top-class colt."
Equine Athletes Honoured at HTBA Awards NightThu, 10 May 2018
The Hunter Thoroughbred Breeders' Association (HTBA) held its 27th annual awards to recognise and celebrate the achievements of its champion thoroughbreds at Scone last night. Over 400 industry leaders, clients, supporters and VIPs attended the event, which showcases the best champion thoroughbreds and industry participants across all fields and categories. "As the second largest concentration of studs in the world, and Australia’s premier thoroughbred breeding industry, the breadth and depth of talent of our people and the success of our equine athletes is world renowned. We are very proud and privileged to recognise their achievements at tonight’s Annual Awards," said HTBA President, Dr Cameron Collins. The winners of the equine categories were:
- Champion 2YO Colt - Santos
- Champion 2YO Filly - Estijaab
- Champion 3YO Colt - Kementari
- Champion 3YO Filly - Shoals
- Champion Racehorse - Winx
- Champion Sire - Snitzel
- Champion 1st Season Sire - Zoustar
- Champion Broodmare - Vegas Showgirl
HTBA Announces Nominees for Awards NightThu, 3 May 2018
The Hunter Thoroughbred Breeders Association (HTBA) has announced the nominees for its 27th Annual Awards Night to be held at Australia's Horse Capital in Scone on Wednesday 9 May. The nominees from the major categories are:
- Champion 2YO Colt - Encryption, Not A Single Cent, Santos
- Champion 2YO Filly - Estijaab, Oohood, Sunlight
- Champion 3YO Colt - Kementari, Merchant Navy, Pierata
- Champion 3YO Filly - Alizee, She Will Reign, Shoals
- Champion Racehorse - Winx, Redzel, Vega Magic
- Champion Sire - Snitzel, Fastnet Rock, I Am Invincible
- Champion 1st Season Sire - Epaulette, Sizzling, Zoustar
- Champion Broodmare - Busking, Essaouira, Vegas Showgirl
Golden Slipper: Preview & HistoryFri, 23 Mar 2018
First run in 1957, the Golden Slipper is recognised as one of the jewels in the crown of Australian racing with past winners progressing to become champions on the track and in the breeding barn. Past winners include inaugural winner Todman (1957), Storm Queen (1966), Vain (1969), Luskin Star (1977), Manikato (1978), Marscay (1982), Rory's Jester (1985), Bounding Away (1986), Canny Lad (1990), Bint Marscay (1993), Flying Spur (1995), Miss Finland (2006), Forensics (2007), Sebring (2008), Sepoy (2011), and Pierro (2012). This year, the Tony McEvoy-trained filly Sunlight is the TAB favourite at $4.20, marginally ahead of unbeaten Melbourne colt Written By at $4.80, followed by Santos & Seabrook at $8.50, and Performer at $10. The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting a very high chance of showers (90%) for Sydney today and tomorrow so the track will be rain affected. The Rosehill track is currently rated a Soft 7. The $3.5 million Gr1 Golden Slipper (1200m) for 2YOs will be run as race 7 at 4:10pm at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday. Only Ron Quinton and Shane Dye have ridden four winners of the race. Kevin Langby achieved the feat three times although it should have been four but for fate. Steve Hart interviewed the four-time jockey premiership winner – see below:
Gr1 Golden Slipper Final Field & Barrier DrawWed, 21 Mar 2018
The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the world's richest 2YO race, the $3.5 million Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) to be run at Rosehill Gardens this Saturday, 24 March. Golden Slipper favourites Sunlight (barrier 5) and Written By (barrier 4) drew side by side to confirm their positions at the top of the market. The Tony McEvoy-trained Sunlight remains favourite at $4.20 with TAB but Grahame Begg's Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes winner is breathing down her neck firming slightly into $4.60. Of the other runners under double figure odds, the Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott trainee Santos saw his price shorten into $8 after drawing perfectly in gate 3, while talented but enigmatic colt Performer is also $8 but must overcome the outside gate (16). Bookmakers are taking no risks with Melbourne filly Seabrook who is available at $9 despite drawing barrier 12. The Golden Slipper will be run as race 7 at 4:10pm AEDT on Saturday.
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Golden Slipper Order of EntryTue, 13 Mar 2018
Racing NSW has released the latest order of entry (as at 12 March 2018) for the 2018 $3.5 million Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) to be run at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday, 24 March. Occupying the top spot is the Team Hawkes-trained Estijaab with $273,075 in official prize money. She is also one of five juveniles with ballot exempt status for the race. The others are Sunlight, Santos, Aylmerton & Seabrook. Click here to view the latest order of entry.
Santos Wins Gr2 Skyline StakesMon, 5 Mar 2018
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At Randwick in Sydney, Yarraman Park's Gr3-winning stallion I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit-Cannarelle, by Canny Lad) added a group race success when 2YO colt Santos (I Am Invincible-Ghaliah, by Secret Savings) scored by 0.2-length for trainers Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott in the $200,000 Gr2 Skyline Stakes (1200m) for 2YO colts & geldings, defeating fellow colts Spin & Legend Of Condor. After peeling off the back of front-runner Zousain at the top of the straight, odds-on pop Santos make laboured to hit the front before standing tall to just get the job done at the line. A $180,00 yearling consigned by Emirates Park at the 2017 Inglis Classic Sale, Santos improved his record, by winning his first stakes race, to 2 wins & a placing (in the Listed Breeders Plate on debut) from 4 starts for $240,100 earnings. Santos eased marginally to double figures in Golden Slipper betting after the crowded finish was inconclusive.
In Her Time Wins Gr2 Premiere StakesTue, 3 Oct 2017
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At Royal Randwick in Sydney, former stakes-winning Darley stallion Time Thief (Redoute's Choice-Procrastinate, by Jade Hunter) added a Group success when 5YO bay mare In Her Time (Time Thief-Hell It's Hot, by Zeditave) resumed with a brilliant win in the $500,000 Gr2 Premiere Stakes (1200m) for 3YO+, defeating English & Clearly Innocent. In Her Time, who was passed-in for $38,000 by Kanangra at the 2014 Inglis Classic Sale, improved her record to 6 wins (including the Gr2 Millie Fox Stakes & Gr2 Breeders Classic) and 3 placing from 15 starts for $1,013,225 in earnings. Trainer Benjamin Smith said he hoped In Her Time could secure one of the few remaining slots in the $10 million The Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick on 14 October.
Performer Wins Listed Arrowfield Breeders' PlateTue, 3 Oct 2017
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At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Darley's former Champion Australian Sire Exceed And Excel (Danehill-Patrona, by Lomond) added a black-type success when 2YO chestnut colt Performer (Exceed and Excel-Gavroche, by Snippets) made the perfect start to his career when charging home to land the $150,000 Listed Arrowfield Breeders' Plate (1000m) for 2YO colts & geldings, defeating Bondi & Santos. In winning the first Sydney 2YO race of the season, Performer improved his record to 1 win from 1 start for $84,000 in earnings. Purchased by Harras Syndicate & Mulcaster Bloodstock for $450,000 at the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Newhaven Park, Performer is a half-brother to multiple Group winner and Gr1 Galaxy winner Bel Sprinter (Bel Esprit).
Performer (image: Steve Hart)
3:20pm: Gr2 Premiere Stakes (1200m) Royal RandwickFri, 29 Sep 2017
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Racegoers To See Funny Cide At SaratogaFri, 2 Aug 2013
Marking the tenth anniversary of champion Funny Cide's 2003 victories in the Gr1 Kentucky Derby and Gr1 Preakness Stakes, Saratoga Race Course has announced "The Equine Retirement Day Salute to Funny Cide", reports bloodhorse.com. To be held on August 4, the event will include a "meet-and-greet in the paddock with trainer Barclay Tagg and his assistant Robin Smullen, as well as Jack Knowlton of owner Sackatgoa Stable". Funny Cide's jockeys Jose Santos and Richard Migliore will also be on site to sign the 1,000 posters to be distributed. Funds from the signed posters will go to the "Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund". Of course, Funny Cide will also have his moment in the sun leading the "post parade" of the Gr1 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap.
The Solitaire Wins NZ Dunedin Gold CupMon, 6 Feb 2012
Waikato Stud stallion & former champion NZ sire O'Reilly (Last Tycoon-Courtza, by Pompeii Court) added a NZ black-type success (& 54th individual stake-winner world-wide) when 4YO mare The Solitaire (O'Reilly-The Dazzler, by Centaine) scored a half-length victory in the NZ$45,000 Listed Dunedin Gold Cup (2400m) at Wingatui. The Solitaire (ridden by Jay Misbah for trainer Steve Anderton) defeated favoured 4YO gelding Santos (No Excuse Needed-Carinda, by The Jogger) & 8YO gelding Zabene (Zabeel-Emerald Dream, by Danehill). The Solitaire took her record to 5 wins & 4 placings from 15 starts from NZ$63,225 earnings.
US Gr1-Winning Sire Purge Sold To PhilippinesFri, 28 Oct 2011
In the Philippines, US Gr1-winning 10-year-old stallion Purge (Pulpit-Copelan's Bid Gal, by Copelan) “has been sold to stand at Manny Santos’ Jade Bros Farm near Lipa City in Batangas” reported bloodhorse.com. Purge (who stood in 2011 at Tom Simon's Vinery New York) “has sired a dozen stakes-horses & the earners of more than US$4.8 million”; his stakes-winners include Panamanian champion Outskirt Lady & 2011 stakes-winners Extensive and Pure Class. On the trackhimself, Purge notched 6 wins (including the Gr1 Cigar Mile Handicap, Gr2 Jim Dandy Stakes & Gr2 Peter Pan Stakes) & 3 placings (in the Gr2 Meadowlands Breeders' Cup Stakes, Gr3 Philip Iselin Breeders' Cup Handicap & Listed Rebel Stakes) from 15 starts for US$905,434 earnings.
Former Shuttler Consolidator To Stand In PhilippinesThu, 13 Oct 2011
In the Philippines, US Gr1-winning 9YO stallion & former shuttler Consolidator (Storm Cat-Good Example, by Crystal Glitters) “will stand in 2012 at Manny Santos’ Jade Bros Farm near Lipa City in Batangas,” reported bloodhorse.com. Consolidator (who has sired 13 stakes-horses & the earners of more than US$5.1 million) originally stood at Sheikh Mohammed’s Darley in Kentucky & last stood in North America at Journeyman Stud in Florida in 2011 for US$4,000. On the track, Consolidator (a US$1.25 million yearling) won the US Gr1 Breeders' Futurity as an early-maturing 2YO & broke a stakes record in the Gr2 San Felipe Stakes. In Australia, Consolidator covered books of 80 (2006) & 72 (2008) mares in his 2 southern seasons at Darley.
Miss Miranda Wins Venezuela Gr1 Fuerza ArmadaTue, 12 Jul 2011
In South America, 5YO mare Miss Miranda (High Security-Courtesan, by Island Music) blitzed her rivals by 10.25-lengths in Venezuela’s Gr1 Clasico Fuerza Armada (3200m) at La Rinconada in Caracas. Miss Miranda (ridden by Roger Rengifo for trainer Santos Mario Dominguez) defeated 6YO entire San Nicolas (Grace Of Darby-Iah, by Conquilot) & 4YO entire Crazy Dollar (Gold Dollar-Crazy Beauty, by Raglan Road). Previously this year, Miss Miranda also won both June’s Gr2 Clasico Lavandera (1800m) & April’s Gr3 Clasico Blondy (2100m), as well as placing in May’s Listed Copa Bambera (1900m), March’s Gr2 Clasico Gustavo Sanabria (2000m) & February’s Gr3 Clasico Eduardo Larrazabal (1600m). During 2010 Miss Miranda also won the Gr2 Clasico Gustavo Sanabria (2000m), Gr3 Copy Peggy Azqueta (1400m), Listed Copa Starship Miss (1800m) & Listed Clasico Rafael Rodriguez Navarro (1400m), as well as placing in the Gr1 Clasico Hipica Nacional (2000m), Gr1 Clasico Presidente De La Republica (2400m), Gr2 Clasico Dia De La Armada (1600m) & Listed Clasico Cruz Del Avila (1900m). And during 2009 Miss Miranda won the Listed Copa Alighieri (1800m) & Listed Clasico Miss Marena (1800m), as well as placing in the Gr1 Clasico General Joaquin Crespo (2400m), Gr1 Clasico Prensa Hipica Nacional (2000m) & Gr3 Clasico Gustavo Avila (1800m).
4th Winner For German Freshman Lord Of EnglandWed, 6 Oct 2010
Gr1-winning 7YO freshman stallion Lord Of England (Dashing Blade-Loveria, by Los Santos) recorded his 4th 1st-crop winner when 2YO colt Theo Danon (Lord Of England-Ticinella, by Hernando) scored over 1600m at Hoppegarten in Germany. Theo Danon was a €61,000 (A$87,000) yearling at the 2009 Baden-Baden September Sale.
1st Stakes-Winner For German Freshman Lord Of EnglandMon, 26 Jul 2010
Gr1-winning 7YO freshman stallion Lord Of England (Dashing Blade-Loveria, by Los Santos) recorded his 1st stakes-winner (& stakes quinella) overnight when juvenile colt Acadius (Lord Of England-Amouage, by Tiger Hill) scored by 4-lengths in Germany's €20,000 (A$29,000) Listed Oppenheim-Rennen (1400m) for 2YOs at Cologne. Acadius (ridden by Adrie De Vries for trainer Jean-Pierre Carvalho) defeated the fillies Salona (Lord Of England-Selana, by Lomitas) & Danedream (Lomitas-Danedrop, by Danehill). Acadius now has 2 wins from 2 starts. His sire Lord Of England stands alongside his sire Dashing Blade at Gestut Etzean near Frankfurt in Germany for €2,500 (A$3,600). On the track, Lord Of England won Germany's Gr1 Grosser Dallmayr-Preis (2000m) & Gr3 Grosser Preis der Dortmunder Wirtschaft (1750m) plus Italy's Listed Premio Giuseppe De Montel (1500m), as well as placing in Italy's Gr1 Gran Criterium (1600m) & both Germany's Gr2 Mehl-Mulhens Rennen-2000 Guineas (1600m) & Gr3 Preis Dr Busch Memorial (1700m).
2nd Winner For German Freshman Lord Of EnglandTue, 20 Jul 2010
In Europe, Gr1-winning 7YO freshman stallion Lord Of England (Dashing Blade-Loveria, by Los Santos) recorded his 2nd 1st-crop winner when Irish-bred 2YO filly Night Of Dubai (Lord Of England-Night Woman, by Monsun) scored by 3.5-lengths on debut over 1200m at Hamburg in Germany for trainer Mario Hofer.