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Current Odds: 6-1 B. c. 4, by Galileo (IRE) - Honorine (IRE), by Mark of Esteem (IRE)
Race HistoryDownload Past Performances
Aug. 9, 2012 - Leo
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July 14, 2012 - Bel
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April 29, 2012 - ST
Queen Elizabeth II Cup
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March 31, 2012 - Mey
Dubai Sheema Classic
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August 13, 2011 - AP
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Aiden O'Brien was born 16 October 1969 in County Wexford, Ireland. Since 1996, he has been the private trainer at Ballydoyle Stables near Cashel in County Tipperary for John Magnier and his Coolmore Stud associates. O'Brien first started working professionally with horses at P.J. Finn's racing stables at the Curragh, Co. Kildare, and then with Jim Bolger at Coolcullen, Co. Carlow.
Jamie Spencer was born June 8, 1980 in County Tipperary, Ireland. He is married to Emma, daughter of former English trainer Lynda Ramsden. He also is the godson of Irish racing and breeding kingpin John Magnier, owner of Coolmore Stud. His father George was a trainer in Ireland, best known for 1963 Champion Hurdle winner Winning Fair. Spencer won the 2009 Arlington Million aboard Cape Blanco
Derrick Smith was born in London, England and resides in Barbados. He is part-owner of Sandy Lane Hotel with John Magnier, Michael Tabor and J.P. McManus. He first gained prominence as a co-owner with Michael Tabor in such horses as Lion Heart, Pomeroy, Sense of Style and third-place 2003 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Chapel Royal.
Treasure Beach has just one thing in common with undefeated phenom Frankel -- both are by European champion and world-class sire Galileo. A son of the patriarch Sadler's Wells, Galileo is out of 1993 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe-winning blue hen Urban Sea, making him a half-brother to all-time European great Sea the Stars. Galileo swept the Epsom and Irish Derbies in 2001, and added the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes, before retiring to stud.
In addition to the all-conquering Frankel, his headliners are last year's Arlington Million winner Cape Blanco, an American champion and Irish highweight; 2008 Epsom Derby winner and European champion New Approach (now a hot freshman sire); stellar Europeans Nathaniel, Rip Van Winkle, Teofilo and Golden Lilac; current Epsom Oaks winner Was and Irish Oaks queen Great Heavens; and South African Horse of the Year Igugu.
Treasure Beach was produced by Honorine, a three-time winner in handicap company in England. She is a half-sister to 2003 Hardwicke hero Indian Creek, who also landed the Earl of Sefton and Gordon Richards Stakes and placed in such events as the Prince of Wales's Stakes and Champion Stakes (twice). Honorine, who is herself out of Group 3-placed stakes winner Blue Water, descends from the family of recent Group 3 victress Shimmering Surf.
Honorine's sire, Mark of Esteem, was rated English champion three-year-old miler after garnering the 1996 Two Thousand Guineas and Queen Elizabeth II. His top runners include 2006 Epsom Derby winner Sir Percy, 2009 Metropolitan Mile victor Bribon, European champion sprinter Reverence and 2001 One Thousand Guineas queen Ameerat. Mark of Esteem mares are responsible for several high-level performers, led by last year's St Leger hero Masked Marvel, Group 1-winning sprinter Amadeus Wolf and the classy mare Crystal Capella.
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Last year’s Irish Derby winner and Epsom Derby runner-up won the Secretariat Stakes over the course and distance last year but has failed to win since. Son of Galileo was sent to America two starts back when very disappointing as the heavy favorite when fifth in the Man O War Stakes at Belmont with no real excuse and fared slightly better when fourth in a Group Three at Leopardstown in August in his most recent start. Four-year-old is from the stable of Aidan O’Brien who is enjoying a huge year in Europe and colt must be respected for his connections but has the look of a horse who has not recovered from a hard season as a three-year-old.