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Feb 25 2012 Rachel Alexandra Fair Grounds III 1 1/16 miles 1 REPLAY
Jan 21 2012 Silverbulletday Fair Grounds 1 Mile 70 Yards 2 REPLAY

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W. Bret Calhoun

Trainer

Bret launched his training career in 1993 at Louisiana Downs with horses bred by his father Buddy Calhoun. In 2003 he made the national spotlight with the undefeated two year old Cactus Ridge owned by country music start Toby Keith. Bret won two Breeder's Cup races at Churchill Downs on 2010 with Dubai Majesty and fan favorite Chamberlain Bridge who he claimed for $35,000. Bret has several racing operations at tracks from the southeast, midwest to the east coast and is well known for his developement of young horses as well as improvement of racing stock that he claims. Other notable horses trained by Calhoun inlcude King of Speed, Mr. Nightlinger, Jody Slew and Gran Lioness.

Garrett Gomez

Jockey

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.

Gillian Campbell, R Group Management Ltd and Greenwood Lodge Farm

Owner

Gillian Campbell, of London, is also represented by Kentucky Oaks contender Killer Graces who became the owner's first horse and first winner. She recently purchased Summer Applause in partnership and is enjoying a quick return on investment. R. Group Management Ltd. is also a member of the successful partnership.Greenwood Lodge Farm is owned by Bill and Carole McAlpin and is the breeder and co owner of Summer Applause. The McAlpins have a family coffee business and reside on the Paris Kentucky farm where they raise horses to race and for the sales ring. They were represented at the 2011 Keeneland sales by a $ 1.35 million sales topper colt by Awesome Again out of a half sister to HOY Favorite Trick.

  • Photo: Hodges Photography / Lynn Roberts

  • Photo: Hodges Photography / Lynn Roberts

  • Photo: Hodges Photography / Lynn Roberts

  • Photo: Hodges Photography / Lynn Roberts

Pedigree

Summer Applause has already proven her capabilities at a distance of ground, which is not surprising considering she is by multiple Grade 1 winner Harlan’s Holiday. All but two of the stallion’s victories came at a mile or longer.

Harlan’s Holiday earned a shot at Kentucky Derby glory in 2002 with easy victories in the Florida Derby and Blue Grass Stakes, both going nine furlongs. The bay runner wound up seventh in the Derby, but returned to be a nice fourth in the Preakness going 1 3/16 miles just two weeks later.

Harlan’s Holiday would go on to capture the Donn Handicap as a four-year-old and also placed in such 1 ¼-mile contests as the Dubai World Cup, Jockey Club Gold Cup and Hollywood Gold Cup.

The offspring of Harlan’s Holiday offer up an average winning distance of seven furlongs, but have triumphed as far as 13.8 furlongs. One of his top progeny, Denis of Cork, actually ran third in the Kentucky Derby before placing second in the 1 ½-mile Belmont Stakes in 2008.

Summer Applause displayed her sire’s tendency to sit just off the pace before coming with a furious run to claim victory in the Rachel Alexandra Stake at Fair Grounds, but also proved capable on the front end when romping by seven lengths in her juvenile finale at the New Orleans venue in December.

Summer Applause’s dam, Summer Exhibition, never competed on track, but the mare is a half-sister to Grade 2 winner Recoup the Cash, who rose from the claiming ranks to capture back-to-back editions of the Stephen Foster Handicap in the mid-1990s.

This female family has also produced a trio of Canadian Horses of the Year in Canadiana, Victoria Park and Viceregal.

Summer Exhibition is by Royal Academy, who shipped over from England to capture the Breeders’ Cup Mile on the turf in 1990. The stallion stood overseas upon the completion of his career, siring the likes of Hong Kong Horse of the Year Bullish Luck, among other champions.

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