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Aidan O'Brien


O’Brien is a formidable training force in his native country of Ireland having won numerous training titles on both the jump and flat circuit. In the mid- 1990s, O’Brien was backed by the Coolmore group of John Magnier, Michael Tabor, and Derrick Smith and together they have risen to great heights in the racing world. The partnership of Coolmore and O’Brien has captured nearly every prestigious race in Europe as well as multiple Breeders’ Cup races in America. In 2011 O'Brien and Coolmore teamed up with O'Brien's son, 18 year old Joseph, aboard St Nicholas Abbey for a win in the Breeders Cup Turf. O'Brien also captured the 2011 Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf with Wrote and sent out Champion Cape Blanco to victories in the G-1 Arlington Million and G-1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic and Treasure Beach to victory in the G-1 Secretariat Stakes. The team has campaigned such champions as Johannesburg, Galileo, Giant’s Causeway, and Rock of Gibraltar.

Garrett Gomez


Garrett won back-to-back Eclipses for Outstanding Jockey in 2007 and 2008, has won ten Breeders’ Cup races, and won the Shoemaker Award for top performance by a jockey at the Breeders’ Cup in 2005, 2007, 2008, and 2010. Garrett won the 2007 Kentucky Oaks on Rags to Riches and has made nine appearances in the Kentucky Derby with his best finish coming in 2009 on Pioneerofthe Nile, who ran second. Garrett got involved in horse racing by his father, Louis. Took out his jockey’s license to start riding at Sante Fe Downs in New Mexico. Garrett won his first race on September 1988 aboard Furlong Circle, in 2008 he set a single season record for most stakes wins with 76. Top mounts have included: Blame, Lookin At Lucky, Pluck, Midshipman, Stevie Wonderboy, Borrego, Life is Sweet, Indian Blessing, Midnight Lute, Honor Glide, Wait A While, and Ventura. His favorite sport and past time is golf. Garrett Gomez was born on January 1, 1972 and resides in Durante, California.

Mrs. John Magnier


Susan Magnier is the daughter of legendary Irish trainer Vincent O’Brien who campaigned champion Nijinsky II and is the wife of Coolmore head John Magnier. The Magnier’s have enjoyed great success in racing both in Europe and America. The two along with other partnerships have raced greats like Montjeu, High Chaparral, Galileo, Rock of Gibraltar, and Giant’s Causeway.

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Kingmambo--Silk and Scarlet (GB), by Sadler's Wells

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Bred along one of the most potent crosses in international racing, the blueblood colt must answer the question of whether he can adapt to dirt.

Master of Hounds is by the outstanding European miler Kingmambo. Himself a son of Mr. Prospector and two-time Breeders' Cup Mile (G1) legend Miesque, Kingmambo captured the French Two Thousand Guineas (Fr-G1), St James's Palace S. (Eng-G1) at Royal Ascot and Prix du Moulin de Longchamp (Fr-G1), emulating his dam in the Moulin.

Kingmambo has compiled an even more impressive record at stud, siring not only top-class milers, but horses who stayed much farther than he did. Although his leading runners have been overwhelmingly campaigned on turf, he is also responsible for first-rate dirt performers -- 1999 Belmont S. (G1) and Travers S. (G1) winner Lemon Drop Kid, who went on to earn an Eclipse Award the following season as champion older horse, and Student Council, a Grade 1 victor on both dirt and Polytrack.

Kingmambo's most notable progeny on turf are Japanese champions El Condor Pasa and King Kamehameha, Grade 1 winners from one to 1 1/2 miles; dual European classic stars Henrythenavigator and Divine Proportions, both effective from a mile to about 1 1/4 miles; Epsom Oaks (Eng-G1) heroine Light Shift; classic-winning milers King's Best, Virginia Waters, Bluemamba and Russian Rhythm, the latter scoring at up to nearly 1 1/4 miles; Rule of Law, victorious in the St Leger (Eng-G1) over more than 1 3/4 miles; and Tawqeet, a two-time Group 1 hero going 1 1/2 miles in Australia.

Interestingly, El Condor Pasa, Henrythenavigator, Divine Proportions and Virginia Waters are all bred on the same pattern as Master of Hounds: all are out of mares by supersire Sadler's Wells. This powerful "nick" of Kingmambo over Sadler's Wells is set to endure through subsequent generations, for the Kingmambo stallion King's Best has sired reigning Epsom Derby (Eng-G1) and Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-G1) hero Workforce from a Sadler's Wells mare.

Master of Hounds was bred in Kentucky by Silk and Scarlet Syndicate, which takes its name from the colt's dam. Likewise representing Coolmore connections and trained by Aidan O'Brien, Silk and Scarlet peaked as a juvenile in 2004, when landing the seven-furlong Debutante S. (Ire-G2) and the six-furlong Silver Flash S. She was retired after a disappointing three-year-old season that culminated in an 11th in the American Invitational Oaks (G1) at Hollywood Park.

Silk and Scarlet has made amends by getting off to a quick start as a broodmare. Master of Hounds is just her second foal. Her first, Eishin Apollon, captured a Grade 2 event in Japan as a juvenile and finished runner-up in several key races, including a Grade 2 classic trial at 1 1/4 miles last year at three.

Silk and Scarlet's sire, the aforementioned Sadler's Wells, ranks as a sire of historic proportions. After a brilliant racing career featuring wins in the Irish Two Thousand Guineas (Ire-G1), Eclipse S. (Eng-G1) and Phoenix Champion S. (Ire-G1), he has sired a torrent of champions -- dual European classic heroes Montjeu, Galileo and High Chaparral, all renowned stallions themselves; triple classic-winning filly Salsabil; and unprecedented four-time Ascot Gold Cup (Eng-G1) winner Yeats, to barely scratch the surface.

Sadler's Wells has been no less successful as a broodmare sire. Of greater interest for Kentucky Derby purposes, his daughters have produced the occasional dirt runner. Music Note, a five-time Grade 1 winner on dirt, was out of a Sadler's Wells mare, but likely inherited her aptitude from her sire A.P. Indy. The same cannot be said for another product of a Sadler's Wells mare, Sakhee, who came within a nostril of beating Tiznow in the 2001 Breeders' Cup Classic (G1).

Silk and Scarlet, despite being a half-sister to French Group 3-winning sprinter Danger Over, has quite a bit of stamina in her female line. She is out of the unraced Lyphard mare Danilova, a very close relative of Lydian, who was an easy winner of a pair of 1 1/2-mile Group 1 races on the Continent. Danilova is also a half-sister to Sanglamore, winner of the French Derby (Fr-G1) when it was held at 1 1/2 miles. Danilova and Sanglamore's dam, Ballinderry, scored her signature victory in the 1 1/2-mile Ribblesdale S. (Eng-G2) at Royal Ascot.

Master of Hounds' pedigree features three crosses of 1964 Kentucky Derby winner Northern Dancer, all in the first four generations. In addition to his sons Sadler's Wells and Lyphard appearing up close in Silk and Scarlet, the Northern Dancer stallion Nureyev looms as the broodmare sire of Kingmambo.

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