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Kiaran McLaughlin


Kiaran began his career as an assistant trainer for top trainers including D. Wayne Lukas. After a stint training in the United Arab Emirates where he was the leading conditioner in Dubai three different times, McLaughlin returned to the United States with his own string of horses. In 2006, he trained Belmont Stakes winner Jazil as well as Breeders’ Cup Classic winner and Horse of the Year Invasor, who would go on to win the 2007 Dubai World Cup. Other top horses include Henny Hughes, Lear's Princess, It's Tricky, Soldat and Flashy Bull. Kiaran has started four horses in the Kentucky Derby with his top finisher, Closing Argument, being a close second in 2005.

Shadwell Stable


Shadwell Stable is owned by Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler and Minister of Finance of Dubai. They have won the Eclipse Award for Owner and have been champion owner in Britain 4 times. Shadwell has 7 stud farms, is very active at the horse sales and maintains more that 300 horses in training. Stable stars include HOY Invasor, Belmont Stakes winner Jazil, Dayjur, Shakis, Sakhee, Lahudood and Nashwan.


Street Sense--Pilfer, by Deputy Minister

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As a son of Kentucky Derby-winning champion Street Sense, Elnaawi is bred to relish the classic distance.

Street Sense wrapped up champion two-year-old honors with a 10-length romp in the 2006 Breeders' Cup Juvenile, and returned to Churchill Downs the following spring to conquer the Kentucky Derby. Still the only horse to accomplish the Breeders' Cup Juvenile/Kentucky Derby double, he also captured the Tampa Bay Derby in track-record time, the Jim Dandy and the prestigious Travers at Saratoga.

By Zenyatta's sire Street Cry, Street Sense has had only two crops to race so far. His first-crop headliners were 2011 Iroquois winner Motor City; Castaway, victor of one division of the 2012 Southwest; and Street Life, whose promising career was cut short by injury. Street Sense's current three-year-olds include Kentucky Oaks contender Unlimited Budget.

Elnaawi is a half-brother to former Derby hopeful To Honor and Serve, a leading juvenile of 2010 whose Triple Crown hopes were derailed by injury. To Honor and Serve came back to win the 2011 Pennsylvania Derby and beat older horses in the Cigar Mile, and at four last year, he added the Westchester and Woodward to his resume.

Elnaawi and To Honor and Serve were produced by Pilfer, a minor stakes winner at 1 1/16 miles.

Pilfer is a daughter of Canadian Hall of Famer and influential sire Deputy Minister. Aside from siring U.S. Hall of Famers Go for Wand and Open Mind, Deputy Minister is also responsible for fellow Canadian inductee Awesome Again (an outstanding sire himself), 1997 Belmont winner Touch Gold and 1993 champion two-year-old colt Dehere.

Deputy Minister has been a terrific broodmare sire as well. His daughter Better Than Honour was Broodmare of the Year in 2007 after producing back-to-back Belmont winners in Jazil and Rags to Riches, and other daughters of Deputy Minister are responsible for two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, 2002 Belmont upsetter Sarava, two-time Japan Cup Dirt star Kane Hekili and 2003 champion two-year-old filly Halfbridled.

Pilfer, a half-sister to 2006 Cotillion queen India, descends from the highly-productive family of Golden Trail. Others hailing from this line include 2001 Kentucky Derby victor Monarchos; turf stars Sunshine Forever, Ryafan, Memories of Silver and Winter Memories; multiple Grade 1-winning millionaire Brian's Time; and the terrific stallion Dynaformer, the sire of 2006 Kentucky Derby legend Barbaro.

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