Tuesday, October 4, 2011 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, Ky., Oct. 4, 2011 – La Gran Bailadora, Bella Medaglia, and Kiss Mine earned more than purse money in their one-two-three finish in the Distorted Humor Kentucky Cup Distaff (G3) at Turfway Park Sept. 24. The owner of each earned a 2012 season for a mare of his or her choice with one of three WinStar Farm stallions. The owners' stallion selections were announced Sept. 28 by Robert Hammond, WinStar's director of bloodstock and stallion services.
Tracy Farmer, owner of Distaff winner La Gran Bailadora, selected Colonel John, the leading earner at stud by champion sire Tiznow. Colonel John earned nearly $1.8 million while racing at the highest levels. He emerged at two by setting a stakes record in the Real Quiet Stakes before winning the Travers Stakes (G1) and Santa Anita Derby (G1) at three. His first foals arrived in 2011.
Coteau Grove Farms, owner of Distaff runner-up Bella Medaglia, selected Classic winner Super Saver, who stood his first season in 2011. Super Saver first drew attention at two when he won the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G2) in stakes-record time. After finishing second in the Arkansas Derby (G1), he earned his place in history by winning the 2010 Kentucky Derby, defeating a field that included 11 Grade 1 winners. Super Saver earned nearly $1.9 million on the track.
Kiss Mine earned a season with Hold Me Back for her owner, Carl Pollard. Hold Me Back earned $872,610 in three years on the track. He won Turfway's Kentucky Derby prep race in 2009, finished second in that year's Travers Stakes (G1) and Blue Grass Stakes (G1), and then added a win in the Dominion Day Handicap (G3) as a 4-year-old. Hold Me Back also entered stud this year.
Farmer owns Shadowlawn Farm in Midway, Ky. He has been actively involved in Thoroughbred racing since 1993 and is currently vice-chair of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. A businessman involved in the banking, automotive, and commercial real estate industries, Farmer established the Tracy Farmer Institute for Sustainability and the Environment at the University of Kentucky in 2009.
Coteau Grove Farms, a racing and breeding operation in Sunset, La., is owned by Keith and Ginger Myers. Keith Myers developed an international seafood processing business and then sold that company in the mid-1990s to join Ginger Myers's growing home health care business, St. Landry Home Health Care, the roots of what is now LHC Group Inc. Keith Myers serves as chairman and CEO of the publicly traded home health care company.
Pollard retired from his position as chairman of the board of directors of Churchill Downs in June 2011 and continues as director emeritus. He previously owned Hermitage Farm near Louisville and continues to operate the farm through a leaseback arrangement. A businessman involved in health care, including tenure as president and CEO of Humana, Pollard is a trustee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association.
Farmer chose first from among the three designated stallions, and Coteau Farm chose next from between the two remaining stallions.