Meet Spendthrift’s New Breeders’ Cup Champs


Spendthrift Farm enjoyed a day to
remember at the Breeders’ Cup when its future stallions, Vino Rosso and Mitole,
were both impressive winners at Santa Anita Park. We stopped by the farm to see
the new arrivals and spoke with Mark Toothaker about them. Vino Rosso was
a Curlin we’d been looking for awhile to try to find a Curlin that we really
liked. This horse just hit the mark absolutely right on the dot. He was a big
stretchy beautiful horse with a great shoulder, a beautiful neck, really well
balanced horse. He was an expensive sell horse, you know raised by the Gunther’s.
It’s a horse they raced in the same paddock with Justify, so you think about
a small farm here in Kentucky raising those two horses, it’s really amazing. But
great pedigree out of a Street Crime mare, it’s a real deep family. Just
really was one of those horses that you know you’re just so fortunate that we
were able to land him and it’s the family of Commissioner, it’s a deep
family there, there’s a lot of blacktop in it, a lot of quality. A lot of
different mares are gonna suit this horse. So we think breeders are gonna
have a lot of fun you know mixing and matching you know their mares with him
for sure. Jimmy Crupi had told us all along you know how talented this horse
was that he had tremendous ability as a two-year-old, he just kind of put it
together mentally as he progressed through his two-year-old year into his
three-year-old season. And you know he won the Wood Memorial as a three-year-old
and then you know the four-year-old season is when it really all came
together. He had a really great fall in the Jockey Club Gold Cup. He just you
know saved the best for last on Breeders’ Cup Classic Day, what a
performance against a great field that day to be able to put on the show he did.
We’re just sitting here you know coming in office each day trying to
figure out how you manage their book. We’ve just been absolutely overrun with
mare submissions, you know now you’re just trying to sort it out and get
everybody that you can a spot but it’s just been tremendous response. Mitole,
totally just an absolute beautiful physical. He’s a horse that has some
length, as breeders have come out to the farm they’ve been surprised how big he is. He’s 16-1, he’s got a lot of
length to him, he’s a very correct horse, beautiful hip that just ties in,
great Gaskin, and you know beautiful shoulder, beautiful length of neck, and a
a gorgeous head. Mitole is a horse that’s my Eskendereya out of an Indian
Charlie mare, got Smoke Black in there in the pedigree as well. I mean they
don’t give me a vote for horse of the year but if they did you know it would
certainly be Mitole. He did it at all the different tracks, he did it at
different distances, you look at the resume on the horses that he beat I
think there was sixth grade one winters in the Met Mile alone. Mitole
won on the the biggest days that we have in our sport. He won a grade one on
Kentucky Derby day. He won the Met Mile on Belmont day. He came back and set a
state record on Traverse Day winning another grade one and then what a
performance on Breeders’ Cup Saturday in the Sprint, he gets a 112 beyer that day, he
runs down a very talented horse and Chancealot. To me you know he’s the
horse of the year hands down. With the horse absolutely this year just
had a great campaign, retired sound, you know just couldn’t be happier
with the performance that he put on this year. When Steve Asmussen tells you that
this is the fastest horse that he’s ever trained, Bill Heiligbrodt, who’s had
you know over a thousand winners and I don’t know how many stakes horses, tells
you this is the best horse he’s ever had you know it just makes you know what
rare air Mitole is in. What a tremendous horse this is, we’re
so fortunate to be able to have Mitole here at Spendthrift.


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  1. cheryl hawkins

    November 20, 2019 5:26 pm



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