Grade 2 Winner Oratory To Stand In Texas
Never worse than second in five career starts, Oratory emerged as one of the top three-year-olds of 2005 while running for Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum’s Darley Stable. The bay colt broke his maiden in February of that year at Aqueduct and then picked up an optional claiming victory in April, also at Aqueduct. In his stakes debut that May, Oratory rolled to a 4¾-length win in Belmont Park’s Peter Pan Stakes (G2) and set a stakes record that still stands with a 1 1/8-mile trip timed in 1:46.35. He earned a 114 Beyer Speed Figure for that effort, the third-best for any three-year-old that year. Oratory was retired after suffering an injury in a subsequent workout.
From three crops to race, Oratory has sired the earners of more than $3.3-million. His progeny earnings for 2011 came in at $1.7 million, which ranked him sixth in Maryland and would have put him first in Texas.
Bred by Louie Roussel III, Oratory is out of the stakes-winning Dehere mare Arrested Dreams.