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Current Odds: 20-1 Ch. g. 9, by Rahy – Ministrada, by Deputy Minister
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July 13, 2013 - AP
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June 9, 2013 - Mth
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Byron Hughes is 53 years old. The only graded stakes winner trained by Hughes to date is Rahystrada. He stables at the Thoroughbred Training Center near Lexington, Ky.
Napravnik, born February 9, 1988 in Morristown, New Jersey, burst on to the racing scene in 2005 when she made her first career start a winning one aboard Ringofdiamonds. In 2006, she captured all four riding titles at Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park and was runner-up as the nation’s top apprentice. She has won the Fair Grounds riding title three consecutive times (2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13), each year finishing atop the rider standings by at least 31 wins.
Robert C. Courtney Jr. was born Dec. 20, 1951. He operates Stonebridge Farm in Lexington, Ky. He had been part of the Crestfield Farm team for more than 30 years. He served as president of Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers Club and is a trustee of Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association. He was a director of Thoroughbred Club of America.
As his name implies, Rahystrada is a son of the royally-bred Rahy. By renowned stallion Blushing Groom and out of Canadian Hall of Fame mare Glorious Song, Rahy was a Grade 2 winner on the track who excelled as a sire. Among his leading progeny are Hall of Famer Serena's Song; European Horse of the Year and American champion Fantastic Light; fellow Eclipse Award winner Dreaming of Anna; highweights Rio de la Plata, Noverre and Lady of the Desert; and turf standouts Tranquility Lake, Tates Creek and Dancing Forever. Rahy also appears as the broodmare sire of a number of notables, topped by Giant's Causeway.
Rahystrada gets the other half of his name from his dam, the unraced Ministrada, who is also responsible for Lone Star Sky. A smart juvenile of 2002, Lone Star Sky captured the Bashford Manor and Cradle Stakes. His career stakes placings include the Saratoga Special, Breeders' Futurity and Louisiana Derby.
Ministrada is by influential sire Deputy Minister. His outstanding sons Awesome Again and Touch Gold have joined him in the Canadian Hall of Fame, while his champion daughters Go for Wand and Open Mind were enshrined in the Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs. Awesome Again, winner of the 1998 Breeders' Cup Classic, is a top stallion himself with such offspring as Hall of Famer Ghostzapper, the Breeders' Cup Classic hero of 2004. Deputy Minister's daughters have been no less prominent, producing 2007 Belmont-winning champion Rags to Riches and two-time Horse of the Year Curlin.
Ministrada is a half-sister to the long-winded turf mare Krisada, heroine of the La Prevoyante Handicap, as well as to the versatile stakes victor Conte di Savoya. This female line has also produced champion turf horse Cozzene, sire of 1993 Arlington Million winner Star of Cozzene.
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Consistent nine-year-old has a record of 7-4-0-1 on the Arlington turf course and comes off a game win in the Arlington Handicap at this distance in mid-July. Son of 15% turf sire Rahy will be making his fourth Million start and produced his best effort when finishing an excellent third in last year’s renewal. Trainer Scooter Hughes wins with 19% of his runners on grass and chestnut, who may be a touch below the best in here, can be stalking the early leaders under Rosie Napravnik who will need to work out a good trip from a less than perfect post.