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Date Race Grade Distance Finish Chart Replay
Mar 31 2012 Florida Derby Gulfstream Park I 1 1/8 Miles 4 REPLAY
Feb 25 2012 Risen Star Fair Grounds II 1 1/16 Miles 1 REPLAY
Nov 26 2011 Remsen Aqueduct II 1 1/8 Miles 3 REPLAY


Todd Pletcher


Pletcher won the 2010 Kentucky Derby with Super Saver and also trained Kentucky Oaks winners Rags to Riches (2007) and Princess of Sylmar (2013). He won four straight Eclipse Awards as top trainer from 2004-2007 and again in 2010, 2013 and 2014. The Texas native has also been the leading American conditioner by money won nine times since 2004. He's conditioned multiple Eclipse champions including Uncle Mo, Ashado, English Channel, Speighstown, Fleet Indian, Wait a While, Lawyer Ron, and Left Bank – and has saddled a co-record five starters in the Kentucky Derby twice before (2007 & 2013). Pletcher ranks second by Kentucky Derby starters with 40, trailing only living-legend D. Wayne Lukas.

Rafael Bejarano


Bejarano fell in love with horse racing while attending the races in his native Peru. He studied at the country’s jockey school and groomed horses in the mornings to pay for his tuition. In May of 2002 he came to the United States and won his first race in July that same year. He has won riding titles at all major tracks in California and Kentucky. He won the 2010 Kentucky Oaks aboard champion Blind Luck.He was the regular rider for Breeders Cup winners Intercontinental and Ginger Punch. Other top horses from 2011 include Liaison, Weemissfrankie and Euroears.

Let's Go Stable


Let's Go Stable was created in 2006 by Kevin Scatuorchio and Bryan Sullivan. Kevin was introduced to his father, James, who raced 2007 Eclipse champion English Channel as well as major stakes winner More Than Ready. Bryan is married to Kevin's sister Courtney. The two raised over 2 million dollars in 2006 to purchase yearlings and create partnerships to race them under. One of their investors is Rob Petitti, a NFL player for the St Louis Rams. Other stakes winners for the stable include Glacken's Girl, Silent Valor and Ready's Echo.

  • Photo: Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges, Jr.

  • Photo: Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges, Jr.

  • Photo: Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges, Jr.

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Pulpit--Enchanted Rock, by Giant's Causeway

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A beautifully bred colt, El Padrino has a pedigree well suited to 1 1/4 miles.

His sire, Pulpit, was one of the prime contenders for the 1997 Kentucky Derby after capturing the Blue Grass Stakes and Fountain of Youth and finishing runner-up in the Florida Derby. Unfortunately, the Claiborne Farm homebred sustained an injury in the Run for the Roses, where he still turned in a creditable fourth-place effort. Pulpit never raced again, and retired to stud with four wins and a second from only six starts.

Sired by Horse of the Year A.P. Indy, who was himself by Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew, Pulpit has lived up to expectations as a stallion. He has had several prominent sons on the Derby trail in past years. Ice Box, the 2010 Florida Derby winner and Kentucky Derby runner-up, came closest to victory at Churchill Downs. Tapit (2004 Wood Memorial hero), Pyro (2008 Louisiana Derby victor) and Essence of Dubai (2002 U.A.E. Derby scorer) also made it to the starting gate on the first Saturday in May, but failed to threaten. Another talented son of Pulpit, Hopeful winner Sky Mesa, missed his chance at the Roses through injury in 2003.

Pyro later found success shortening up to seven furlongs in the Forego Stakes at Saratoga. Other Pulpit progeny have excelled as milers, including Corinthian, winner of the 2007 Metropolitan Handicap and Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile, and Purge, whose biggest victory came in the 2005 Cigar Mile. Pulpit has also emerged as a sire of turf horses, through such notable runners as Grade 1-winning millionaire Rutherienne and Woodford Reserve Turf Classic scorer Stroll, and his classy daughter Pachattack is a versatile, triple-surface threat (dirt, turf and synthetic).

El Padrino is the first foal from Enchanted Rock, who was unplaced in her lone career race on turf. She is by European champion Giant's Causeway, a son of Storm Cat who racked up five straight Group 1 wins, from a mile up to 1 1/4 miles, in the summer of 2000. Giant's Causeway has become a prolific stallion, siring high-caliber individuals effective over a variety of distances, on every kind of surface, around the globe. His best dirt runners were Eskendereya, the hot favorite for the 2010 Kentucky Derby before his career-ending injury, and Santa Anita Handicap hero Heatseeker, while his turf stand-outs include two-time French classic winner Shamardal and American-based Aragorn.

Daughters of Giant's Causeway are already beginning to make their presence felt as producers. Giant's Causeway mares are responsible for millionaire Evening Jewel, winner of the Ashland on Polytrack and the Del Mar Oaks on turf, and a near-misser in the 2010 Kentucky Oaks on dirt; current Oaks hopeful Charm the Maker; and French Group 1 star Planteur.

Enchanted Rock is out of 1987 Ashland winner Chic Shirine, a Mr. Prospector mare. Chic Shirine produced two Grade 2-winning full siblings with starkly different aptitudes -- her daughter Tara Roma landed the 1 1/4-mile Ladies Handicap, and her son Waldoboro (both by Lyphard) scored in the six-furlong True North Handicap. Tara Roma went on to produce Grade 1 queen Serra Lake. Chic Shirine's other descendants include smart turf performers Al Khali, Hungry Island, Somali Lemonade and Baraan, as well as dirt miler Soaring Empire.

Chic Shirine is herself a full sister to Queena, the champion older mare of 1991. Queena was a one-turn specialist with victories in such major events as the Ballerina, Maskette and Ruffian (then held at Belmont Park). As a broodmare, Queena foaled Brahms, winner of the Hollywood Derby over nine furlongs on turf, and Grade 3 victress La Reina.

Chic Shirine and Queena are daughters of Too Chic, the 1982 Maskette winner, who appears as El Padrino's third dam in the maternal line. El Padrino's fifth dam is French and English champion Monade, who landed the 1962 Oaks at Epsom and finished second in the prestigious Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

El Padrino is inbred to Mr. Prospector and to Secretariat. Mr. Prospector is the sire of Pulpit's dam, Grade 1 heroine Preach, and Chic Shirine. Secretariat factors through two of his daughters, the dams of A.P. Indy and Storm Cat, respectively.

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