LEXINGTON, KY (Sept. 10, 2017) – Gabriel Duignan had good reason to take a two-minute break from greeting customers and showing horses at Barn 2 at Keeneland Sunday morning. He wanted to focus on the TV showing a race from the Curragh, the Derrinstown Stud Flying Five (G2).
The co-owner with Pat Costello of Paramount Sales had more than a casual interest because the consignment has a yearling filly from the final crop of Scat Daddy who is a full sister to Derrinstown Stud entrant Caravaggio, winner of last year’s Keeneland Phoenix (G1) at the same racecourse.
A perfectly timed ride in the Irish race produced a victory for Caravaggio and a perfectly timed update for Paramount’s Hip No. 48.
“It is huge because not only did he win, but he won spectacularly,” Duignan said while he seamlessly returned to business. “That shows he is a super horse to make up that much ground and on ground that he probably was not enjoying.”
Caravaggio upped his record to seven wins in nine starts and improved his bankroll to nearly $1 million. The 3-year-old colt is owned by Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith and is trained by Aidan O’Brien.
The nearly black yearling filly in the Paramount consignment and Caravaggio are out of the stakes-winning Holy Bull mare Mekko Hokte, who also produced Grade 2 winner My Jen.
“She is a beautiful filly who looks just like him,” Duignan said.
Three races later at the Curragh, September Sale graduate Order of St George (IRE) won the Comer Group International Irish St Leger (G1). The son of Galileo (IRE), who sold for $550,000 at the 2013 September Sale, also won the race in 2015.