Thursday, May 31, 2012
RACE 4, ALL TWO-YEAR-OLDS, FIVE FURLONGS, DIRT, 2:26 P.M.
PARNELLI (2yo bay colt, Bernardini—Ensenada, by Seeking the Gold) is out of a stakes-placed half-sister to Grade 2 Beaumont winner Sahara Gold, the dam of Saturday’s Grade 2 Sands Point winner Better Lucky. Casino Host, a half-brother to Parnelli, was third in last year’s Grade 2 Virginia Derby, which like the Sands Point was contested on turf. Ensenada and Sahara Gold are daughters of Desert Stormer, who posted a 14-1 upset as part of a field entry in the 1995 Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Sprint.
Owner: Darley Stable
Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin
Jockey: Ramon Dominguez
Sales history: $300,000 Keeneland September yearling