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Big weekend for Shooting Party

It was a big weekend for the Shooting Party family as Country House ran a highly promising second in the Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes on the same Saturday Fair Grounds card that his half-sister Mitchell Road won the Albert M. Stall Memorial Stakes.

The pair were bred by Joseph V. ‘Jerry’ Shields out of his homebred mare Quake Lake, a War Chant daughter of the Grade 1-placed Shooting Party.

Shooting Party, who ran second in the 2001 Grade 1 Garden City Breeders’ Handicap for Shields, was purchased by Chad Schumer as agent for Jay and Christine Hayden for $50,000 at the 2008 Keeneland November Sale.

The daughter of Sky Classic has subsequently become an accomplished producer for the Haydens as the dam of the Grade 1-placed Breaking Lucky, a $1.2 million earner whose four wins include the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes and Group 3 Seagram Stakes.

Her two-year-old colt by Palace Malice is currently in Europe preparing for the Arqana May Breeze-Up Sale.

Mitchell Road, by English Channel, was winning for the fourth time in six starts on Saturday. Perhaps more exciting, however, is her year-younger half-brother Country House, who stayed on strongly to take second behind War Of Will in the Risen Star Stakes on what was only his fourth start. The colt is a son of Lookin At Lucky and therefore a three-parts brother to Breaking Lucky.

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