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Current Odds: 10-1 Dk. b./br. c. 3, by Rock Hard Ten - Proud Fact, by Known Fact
Race HistoryDownload Past Performances
July 6, 2013 - Bel
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May 30, 2013 - Bel
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Bill Mott was born on July 29, 1953 and resides in Saratoga Springs, New York. Bill owned and trained his first horse named My Assets at the age of 15. He won his first race with this mare who he purchased for $320. Before he graduated high school, he had won the South Dakota Futurity with Kosmic Tour. He worked for Hall of Fame trainer Jack Van Berg for three years and gained valuable knowledge about running his own training operation, opening his own racing stable in 1978.
Like many other top jockeys, Desormeaux is a product of Louisiana and started his riding career at Evangeline Downs. He has won the Kentucky Derby on three occasions guiding Real Quiet in 1998, Fusaichi Pegasus in 2000, and Big Brown in 2008. Desormeaux was inducted into racing’s Hall of Fame in 2004 and has won the Eclipse Award for top jockey three times. Other top horses include Paddy O'Prado, Summer Bird, Dullahan, and C. S. Silk.
Juddmonte Farms, which has twice won the Million – in 2000 with Chester House and in 2002 with Beat Hollow, is the award-winning horse breeding farm owned by Prince Khalid Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. A member of the Saudi Arabian royal family the successful businessman presides over the massive conglomerate Mawared. While he is in semi-retirement, his four sons are involved in managing business interests that include insurance, catering, cement, cleaning, foodstuffs and electronics.
Tattenham is a son of the Kris S. sire Rock Hard Ten, a talented and sizable dark bay who was fast enough to win going seven furlongs in the Grade I Malibu, yet had the classic disposition to take down the 10-furlong Grade I Santa Anita Handicap. Scratched the morning of the 2005 Breeders' Cup Classic - a race which he not only may have been favorite but probably could have won - Rock Hard Ten may be best remembered for being a part of the vicious pace that led to the undoing of the publicly beloved Smarty Jones' triple crown bid.
As a stallion, Kris S. has produced almost solely turf stock. Best so far has been Grade I American Oaks winner Nereid, multiple graded stakes winner Doubles Partner and Grade II Santa Barbara Handicap winner Capital Plan. His offspring usually carry his large size, stride and surprising maneuverability.
Tattenham is out of the Known Fact mare Proud Fact. Known Fact was a lightning fast sprinter/miler for Tattenham's owner Juddmonte Farm who won the six-furlong Group I Middle Park Stakes at two and the Group I 2000 Guineas at three. Unfortunately for Known Fact, his greatest victory would be mostly remembered for this lights-out performance of Nureyev, who was much the best and was later disqualified.
Proud Fact has not produced much, but is herself by Grade I Frizette winner Proud Lou (by Kentucky Derby winner Proud Clarion - conqueror of the great Damascus), the dam of Group I French 1000 Guineas winner Housepride - one of the best of her generation.
Analysis by Michael Adolphson
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Son of 13% grass sire Rock Hard Ten comes off a close second place finish in an allowance at Belmont at this distance in his fourth career start. Dark bay has won two of his four starts on grass for trainer Bill Mott who wins with 24% of his runners third time off a layoff and who has won this event twice before, most recently with Gun Salute in 2005. Three-year-old has tactical speed and can be in good position from the start and, while he has not faced runners of this caliber, may be a contender at a decent price but will have to overcome the widest post with Kent Desormeaux in the saddle.