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Eddie was born and raised in Ireland by a family who was involved with horses.His uncle was a jockey and finished second aboard Purple Silk in the 1964 Aintree Grand National.Eddie moved to the United States in 1987 to work with Thoroughbred sales yearlings at Pegasus Stud.He was an exercise rider for trainer Rusty Arnold and later worked for trainers Tom Skiffington and Niall O’Callaghan.The $2 million Dubai Golden Shaheen is Eddie’s biggest career accomplishment, which he won in 2007 with Kelly’s Landing.
A native of Jamaica, Shaun moved to Florida at age 13 and was introduced to horse racing at Calder Race Course by his father Gerald, an avid horse racing fan who would not let his son pursue a career as a jockey until he had graduated high school.He received the 1998 Eclipse Award for Apprentice Jockey and his first Grade I winner was in the 2000 Carter Handicap aboard Brutally Frank. He has won riding titles at Fair Grounds, Aqueduct, Arlington Park, and Churchill Downsand has over 2,000 victories in more than 160 stakes and over 60 graded stakes in his career.
Tom has been a horse owner of Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds for most of his adult life. His son, Chris, has chosen one horse annually for his father to buy for the past five years. With Chris’ guidance, Tom has purchased three graded stakes winners.Santiva, their Kentucky Derby 137 hopeful, was victorious in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (GII) at Churchill Downs and finished second in Keeneland’s Grade I Breeders’ Futurity.
Possesses a strong dose of stamina from his paternal side and class from his female line.
Santiva was bred in Kentucky by Paget Bloodstock
Sire Giant's Causeway was a six-time Group 1 winner -- including the Eclipse S. (Eng-G1), Juddmonte International S. (Eng-G1) and Irish Champion S. (Ire-G1) at 1 1/4 miles -- and narrowly missed winning the 2000 Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) at Churchill Downs in his only start on dirt.
Giant's Causeway's leading offspring have won worldwide at the top level, on dirt and turf, and include numerous champions and classic winners. His most noted sons and daughters in North America include Wood Memorial S. (G1) winner Eskendereya, who would have started as the favorite in the 2010 Kentucky Derby (G1) if he had not been sidelined with an injury. Others of note in this category include Heatseeker (Ire), Swift Temper, Frost Giant and Red Giant -- all Grade 1 winners and major stakes winners at 1 1/4 miles -- as well as Grade 1 victors Aragorn (Ire), My Typhoon (Ire), First Samurai, and Internallyflawless.
Santiva was produced by Slide, who placed in both starts and has also reared the Grade 2-placed Her Majesty (Giant's Causeway) and Take Arms (Honour and Glory). Slide is a half-sister to 1989 champion sprinter Safely Kept (Horatius) and six-furlong Phoenix S. (G2) winner Partner's Hero (Danzig).
Broodmare sire Smarten was a three-year-old of 1979 who was just below top class. He won such events as the Illinois Derby (G3), Ohio Derby (G2) and American Derby (G2), and placed in longer-distance events like the Travers S. (G1), Meadowlands Cup (G2), Arkansas Derby (G2), Secretariat S. (G2) and Lawrence Realization S. (G2).
Smarten was the sire of Canadian champion filly Classy 'n Smart, who in turn produced Canadian Horse of the Year and U.S. champion Dance Smartly (Danzig) as well as Grade 1 winner Smart Strike (Mr. Prospector). Dance Smartly herself produced two winners of the 1 1/4-mile Queen's Plate, while Smart Strike sired two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, turf male champion English Channel and last year's three-year-old colt champion and Preakness S. (G1) winner Lookin at Lucky.
Another notable who counts Smarten as a broodmare sire is General Challenge (General Meeting), who won the Santa Anita H. (G1) and Pacific Classic (G1) at 1 1/4 miles, but was a sub-par 11th as part of a favored entry in the 1999 Kentucky Derby.
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