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Mar 23 2014 Sunland Derby Sunland Park III 1 1/8 Miles 1 REPLAY
Mar 23 2014 Sunland Derby Sunland Park III 1 1/8 Miles 1 REPLAY
Feb 8 2014 Robert B. Lewis Santa Anita Park II 1 1/16 Miles 2 REPLAY

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Bob Baffert

Trainer

Hall of Famer Bob Baffert won the Kentucky Derby back-to-back in 1997 and 1998 with Silver Charm and Real Quiet and again in 2002 with War Emblem. He has saddled 19 horses in the Run for the Roses. He has won the Preakness stakes a record tying five times and has won the Eclipse Award for top trainer three times. Baffert has saddled two Kentucky Oaks winners, Silverbulletday and Plum Pretty.

Tanma Corporation

Owner

Tanma Corp President Susan Chu and three time Derby winning Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert return for a second year with high hope for Chitu following Tanma 2013 Derby contender Super Ninety Nine. Susan Chu and her family fell in love with horse racing after watching Super Saver and I'll Have Another while attending their respective Kentucky Derbies, she decided to enter the horse racing world. Susan is involved in international show jumping and partners with top equestrian professionals including World #1 Show Jumping Champion and 2008 Olympic gold medal winner Eric Lamaze, Canadian Olympian Yann Candele and Gran Prix rider Cory Hardy.  A vocal advocate for humane treatment, Susan supports Olympic Equestrian programs and works with the Chinese Taipei Equestrian Association in a consultant capacity on their equestrian programs; she also supports equine rescue projects. She is a member of the United States Equestrian Team Foundation and the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA)

Pedigree

Chitu's pedigree is a blend of quality speed and stamina.

He is by Henny Hughes, a Storm Cat-line stallion who was an outstanding sprinter. As a juvenile, Henny Hughes ran away with the Tremont by 15 lengths, and wired the Saratoga Special by 3 3/4 lengths. After rounding out his 2005 season with runner-up efforts in the Hopeful, Champagne and Breeders' Cup Juvenile, he stuck to sprinting in 2006.

Henny Hughes was untouchable in his first three outings as a sophomore, crushing the Jersey Shore Breeders' Cup Stakes by 10 lengths and the prestigious King's Bishop by 5 1/4 lengths. He then took on older horses in the Vosburgh, and again drew clear with authority. His streak was snapped in the Breeders' Cup Sprint, where his race was effectively over after a stumbling start. Henny Hughes ended up a non-threatening last of 14 -- the only time in his career that he was ever out of the top two.

As a sire, Henny Hughes has naturally been a source of speed, but his best offspring have demonstrated a greater staying capacity than he had. His two-time champion Beholder, for instance, carried her brilliance over 1 1/8 miles in last November's Breeders' Cup Distaff. Henny Hughes has managed to sire one major winner at 1 1/4 miles, his Japanese-bred son Keiai Leone, who narrowly prevailed in the Grade 3 Sirius Stakes on the Hanshin dirt. Another Japanese-based son, Asia Express, wrapped up 2013 champion two-year-old colt honors with a victory in the one-mile Asahi Hai Futurity. Asia Express lost his unbeaten record when second in the 1 1/8-mile Fuji TV Sho Spring March 23, and his stamina limitations were exposed when sixth in the 1 1/4-mile Satsuki Sho (Japanese 2000 Guineas) April 20.

Chitu likely inherits some stamina from his dam, the A.P. Indy mare Sea Gift. A Godolphin runner, Sea Gift won her only career start over 1 1/4 miles on turf in England. She has produced three other winners (including one in Korea), most notably Oceanway (by Street Cry), who won at upwards of 1 1/4 miles in England.

Chitu's broodmare sire, Hall of Famer A.P. Indy, is a terrific influence for stamina. Scratched on the morning of the 1992 Kentucky Derby because of a quarter-crack, he subsequently established himself as the Horse of the Year with victories in the Belmont Stakes and Breeders' Cup Classic.

The son of 1977 Triple Crown legend Seattle Slew compiled a tremendous record at stud, leaving an enduring legacy on the breed. A.P. Indy's son Malibu Moon is responsible for 2013 Derby hero Orb. A.P. Indy's other noteworthy offspring include Pulpit (sire of Tapit), Mineshaft, Bernardini and Rags to Riches, and he factors as the broodmare sire of 2010 Derby winner Super Saver and two-time champion Royal Delta.

Sea Gift is out of Ocean Queen, who beat males in the 1996 Bay Meadows Derby in a course-record time of 1:47 4/5 for nine furlongs. Ocean Queen was a perfect three-for-three at that trip, but never tested her stamina beyond that. She is responsible for six winners, her only stakes performer being Group 3-placed Bicoastal.

Chitu's female line is interestingly capable of producing high-class sprinters and stayers alike. Case in point is his maternal relative Dance Parade: she had the speed to win the five-furlong Queen Mary at Royal Ascot, yet produced Leading Light (by the great classic sire Montjeu), winner of the 2013 St Leger and Queen's Vase at marathon distances.

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