- General Info
Current Odds: 12-1 B. h. 5, by Powerscourt (GB) - Boat's Ghost, by Silver Ghost
Race HistoryDownload Past Performances
July 12, 2014 - AP
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June 8, 2014 - Mth
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May 3, 2014 - CD
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Dale Romans grew up on the Churchill Downs backstretch learning his trade from longtime trainer and father Jerry Romans. The Louisville, Ky native just missed winning the 2010 Kentucky Derby when Paddy O' Prado finished a game third. In 2011 he won his first Classic race when Shackleford captured the Preakness. He saddled Court Vision to an upset win in the Breeders' Cup Turf Mile in 2011 and captured the Breeders' Futurity with Dullahan.
Ryan Moore was born Sept. 18, 1983. His father Gary is a trainer and his brothers, Jamie and Josh, are both steeplechase jockeys. Ryan initially rode over jumps, winning on his very first ride, Mersey Beat, trained by his father, at Towcester on May 18, 2000. His first flat winner came on the all-weather track in January 2002, when he rode Marwell's Kris to victory for Belgian trainer E C Chopin.
Donegal Racing is a partnership that was formed in 2008 and is managed by Jerry Crawford who has been involved in horse ownership for over 30 years. The name refers to the Irish county of origin of the Donegal family and the racing silks as well as the names of the partnership horses reflect the Irish heritage. The group campaigned Paddy O’Prado who won the 2010 Secretariat Stakes.
Finnegans Wake's sire, Powerscourt, crossed the wire first in back-to-back runnings of the Arlington Million, only to be disqualified for causing interference in 2004. One year after his demotion to fourth, the Aidan O'Brien trainee gained compensation with an even more emphatic victory here in 2005, defeating Kitten's Joy (sire of defending Million champion Real Solution). Powerscourt also captured the 2003 Great Voltigeur at York and the 2004 Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh, and he placed in such major events as the Racing Post Trophy, Irish St Leger, Irish Champion, Prince of Wales's and Breeders' Cup Turf.
By Sadler's Wells, Powerscourt is a half-brother to Frankel's dam, Kind, as well as to current multiple Grade 2 heroine Riposte and Group 3 scorer Last Train. Powerscourt has sired an Irish champion juvenile filly in Termagant, winner of the 2009 Moyglare Stud at the Curragh. But he has had much greater success in South America, where his headliners include multiple Chilean Group 1 hero El Farrero and Peruvian champions Lady Estefania, Mr. Dany and Tontona. Powerscourt was exported to Turkey in 2010.
Finnegans Wake was produced by Boat's Ghost, the runner-up in the 2006 Prairie Meadows Debutante. She is a daughter of the Mr. Prospector stallion Silver Ghost. Although not a stakes winner in his brief career, Silver Ghost showed talent when equaling the 6 1/2-furlong track record at Belmont Park, and compiled a solid record at stud. He sired Grade 1 winners Dreams Gallore, Love Lock and Lunar Spook along with millionaire Silver Goblin. Silver Ghost mares have foaled such classy performers as 2000 Hopeful hero Yonaguska, turf marathoner Silverfoot, Salute the Sarge, Chelokee, multiple Spanish champion and German highweight Silverside and $1.3 million purchase Darwin, a close third in the July 30 Sussex at Glorious Goodwood. He is also the broodmare sire of American St Leger pre-entrant Moro Tap.
Finnegans Wake has few distinguished relatives in his immediate female line, the nearest being Grade 3 victor Chicago Six. Tracing a bit further, he comes from the extended family of South African champions Surfing Home and Badgers Coast along with Grade 1 winners Gay Style and Spit Curl.
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Son of 2005 Million winner Powerscourt closed to finish fourth in this event last year and won his first stakes when winning the Arlington Handicap over the course and distance in his latest in July when taking advantage of being close to slow fractions throughout under Victor Espinoza. Five-year-old is trained by Dale Romans who won this event with Little Mike two years ago and who wins with 14% of his runners on grass and with 15% in graded stakes. While Espinoza does not come today, bay gets the services of top European rider Ryan Moore in the saddle but lifetime record of one in the money finish from seven tries in Grade One events is discouraging and colt seems unlikely to be a serious threat.