Grade 2 winner Casino Host sold to stand in Saudi Arabia
Casino Host broke his maiden at Gulfstream Park before running third in the Grade 2 Virginia Derby. He improved again at four for Ron Ellis to post victories in the Grade 2 Mervin H. Muniz Jr. Memorial Handicap at Fair Grounds and Grade 2 Del Mar Handicap at Del Mar.
Casino Host also ran third to Acclamation in the Grade 1 Eddie Read Stakes at Del Mar and fourth in the Grade 2 Dixie Stakes at Pimlico.
A $290,000 yearling purchase by Ben Glass, Casino Host is out of the stakes-placed Ensenada, a Seeking The Gold daughter of Breeders’ Cup Sprint heroine Desert Stormer. Ensenada is also a sister to Grade 2 winner Sahara Gold, herself dam of this year’s Grade 1 First Lady Stakes scorer Better Lucky.