US runner gives Bullet Train first winner at stud
Bullet Train (green cap) with his three-parts brother Frankel
PICTURE: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Bullet Train off the mark at stud with Difamante By Martin Stevens 11:27AM 7 AUG 2016
AS FRANKEL goes from strength to strength with his first two-year-old runners, his three-parts brother, former pacemaker and fellow freshman sire Bullet Train got off the mark in the US on Saturday.
Bullet Train's first winner as a stallion came when his son Difamante scored in a maiden special weight over 1m on the turf at Gulfstream Park.
Difamante, trained by Luis Duco, found trouble at the start of the race and was in arrears until coming with a strong, wide run in the home straight to win by half a length. The only debutant in the field, he was sent off at odds of 27-1.
Difamante was bred by Polo Green Stable out of the winning A.P. Indy mare Money Madam, who has already produced the stakes-placed pair Feminine Girl (by Kingmambo) and Payday Peril (Officer). Further back it is the family of Grade 1 winners Admiral Kitten and Cozzene.
He was purchased by Duco for $20,000 at the OBS March Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale.
Bullet Train, by Sadler's Wells and the first foal out of the Danehill mare Kind, was trained by Sir Henry Cecil to win the Lingfield Derby Trial at three.
At four and five he assumed the role of pacemaker to his year-younger sibling Frankel, cutting out the early running when his stablemate won the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, Lockinge, Queen Anne Stakes, Sussex Stakes, Juddmonte International and Champion Stakes.
He stood at Crestwood Farm in Kentucky this year at a fee of $7,500.
Frankel, who has delivered nine winners worldwide from his debut crop, had his first runner in the US on Saturday in Brooklyn Bobby, but he finished unplaced.