Click above to watch R Heat Lightning winning the Gulfstream Oaks (Gr2)
(Photo : ESPN - Footage : Gulfstream Park Racing)
“RAMPANT IS AS RAMPANT DOES”
Drakenstein Stud’s grand looking stallion, Trippi, can do no wrong right now. A top three United States’ stallion as the log read, going into the weekend, his daughter, R Heat Lightning surged to an 8¼ length victory in Saturday’s Gulfstream Oaks (Gr2), a move which took her sire to the Number One slot, and which could well have her at the top of the boards for America’s most prestigious race for sophomore fillies, the Kentucky Oaks (Gr1), scheduled for Friday, 6th May. Courtesy of the efforts of Summerhill client, Team Valor, there are some among us who’ll be in attendance for what could be a piece of South African history in the making. We’ll keep you posted on the Oaks and the following day’s Kentucky Derby, as the day dawns.
But that’s not the epilogue. When he’s hot, Trippi is very hot. As if the Gulfstream Oaks wasn’t enough, Sunday witnessed another Gr2 stunner from his son, Travellin Man in the US$150,000 Swale Stakes who was sent off at 2-5 in a five-horse field, and ran to his odds. If there’s a commodity in demand at the National Yearling Sales (15 - 17 April), it’ll be Trippi, Trippi and Trippi.
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