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|Mar 31 2012||Gulfstream Oaks Gulfstream Park||II||1 1/8 Miles||1||REPLAY|
|Feb 25 2012||Davona Dale Gulfstream Park||II||1 1/16 Miles||2||REPLAY|
|Nov 4 2011||Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Churchill Downs||I||1 1/16 Miles||2||REPLAY|
Anthony "Tony" Dutrow
Tony Dutrow hails from a strong racing family. His father Dick Dutrow was a prominent trainer on the east coast and brothers Rick and Sydney are successful trainers as well. He started working for his father at age 10 and began training his own stable in 1987 after serving as assistant to Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel. He trained Havre de Grace during her 2010 campaign aa well as A Little Warm, Rightly So, and Seattle Smooth.
Castellano began his riding career in 1996 in his native country of Venezuela. In 1997 he came to the United States to ride and had his first winner at Calder that same year. He scored his biggest victories with Ghostzapper in the 2004 Breeders’ Cup Classic and Bernardini in the 2006 Preakness. Other top horses include Union Rags, Stay Thirsty, Hilda's Passion, Red Rocks, and Telling.
Michael Dubb,Bethlehelm Stables and Elkstone Group
Michael Dubb is the founder and chairman of Beechwood Organization, and member of the NYRA Board of Directors. He is active in racing partnerships and campaigned 2005 Kentucky Oaks contender Sis City with then NY Yankees manager Joe Torre.Michael Caruso races under Bethlehelm Stables and was introduced to racing by his father who took him to Monmouth Park. Grace Hall is named after the arena of the same name at Lehigh University where Caruso had a record breaking wrestling career which landed him in the National Wrestling Hall Of Fame.
Grace Hall is a daughter of classic winner Empire Maker and is the best foal thus far produced by the Ezzoud mare Season’s Greetings, who was a Group 2-placed listed winner in France.
Empire Maker had a bit more success during his racing career, capturing the 2003 runnings of the Florida Derby and Wood Memorial before denying Funny Cide a Triple Crown sweep when taking the Belmont Stakes.
Since retiring to the breeding shed, Empire Maker has seen five of his crops hit the track. He was purchased by Japanese interests and took up stud duties in the Far East last season, the same year his daughter Royal Delta put together an Eclipse Award-winning campaign that culminated in Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic glory.
Empire Maker is also responsible for siring the likes of Grade 1 scorers Pioneerof the Nile, Mushka, Acoma, Country Star and Icon Project. Grace Hall’s victory in the Spinaway Stakes last year added yet another top-level winner to his stats.
Empire Maker has already made a name for himself at stud, and multiple crosses with Grace Hall’s Raise a Native dam line has been responsible for Mushka and Grade 2 scorer Battle Plan. Highweight Ezzoud’s sire line of Northern Dancer has been even more successful, resulting in the likes of Acoma as well as fellow Kentucky Oaks hopeful and dual Grade 1-placed Charm the Maker.
Empire Maker has seen an average winning distance of 7.8 furlongs from his progeny, and some have even successfully reached 2 1/16 miles. Ezzoud has done even better, showing an average scoring distance of 10.2 furlongs and maximum of 18.2 from his offspring.
Grace Hall receives a ton of class from her sire, and her broodmare line isn’t half bad either. The filly’s third dam is multiple Grade 1 diva Life at the Top, who just missed by a head in the 1986 Kentucky Oaks, and she can trace back to Comely Nell, who foaled 1976 Kentucky Derby and Belmont champion Bold Forbes.
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