Friday, August 12, 2011
Foaled and raised at Denali Stud, HARVARD N YALE was hammered down 8-15 for this maiden won in 2004 by Motivator and which saw Frankel lead home Nathaniel 12 months ago. Soon enjoying a narrow lead, the chestnut took time to find top gear in the final quarter, but was always doing enough to comfortably hold Endowing and score by 1 ½ lengths. “I am happy enough, as it was a paceless race and he didn’t get a lead,” trainer Jeremy Noseda commented. “It was workmanlike and he’s not learnt what I would have wanted him to tonight, but he’s won so we’ll see where we go from here. He’s a big horse—next year, he’s going to be 17 hands—but for such an immature horse, he’s got to have plenty of talent to be doing what he is doing at this stage of his career. He is laid-back and has a good mind on him, and the penny hasn’t dropped yet. Johnny Murtagh said he is a big baby and can only keep improving. The races that spring to mind are the Haynes, Hanson & Clark Conditions S. at Newbury next month and the G2 Royal Lodge S. at Newmarket Sept. 24, although I would have preferred the latter race to still be at Ascot. “
HARVARD N YALE is a half brother to LADY DIGBY, a US graded stakes winner of $280,089 and his half-sister by Street Sense is in Denali’s September consignment at Keeneland.