Japanese stakes success for Madras Check; dam purchased by Schumer Bloodstock
Madras Check continued on her rapid upward trajectory on Sunday when successful in the Listed Hosu Stakes on the Japanese Oaks undercard at Tokyo, Japan.
The Takuya Ono-trained daughter of Malibu Moon scored by a neck from Reward Aonbharr to record her third win in just five starts. Particularly impressive was the fact that the pair pulled eight lengths clear of the third Hayabusa Nandekun.
Madras Check was bred in Ontario by Christine Hayden out of Schumer Bloodstock purchase Gloat. She is the first foal out of her dam, a winning Mr Greeley mare from the famous Phipps family of Personal Ensign.
John McCormack paid $500,000 for Madras Check out of last year’s Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream Sale on behalf of owner Kazuko Yoshida. She made a sparkling start to her career when landing a newcomers race on turf at Tokyo in November and subsequently wasn’t disgraced when sixth in the Grade 3 Daily Hai Queen Cup. She came into the Hosu Stakes off the back of an impressive win on her dirt debut at Nakayama.
Gloat was purchased by the Haydens with Chad Schumer out of the Regis Farms dispersal for $550,000 at the 2015 Keeneland November Sale.
She is a half-sister to the Grade 2-placed Parading and out of the Grade 3-placed On Parade.
In turn, that daughter of Storm Cat is a sister to champion Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies heroine Storm Flag Flying and out of the Phipps family’s great mare My Flag, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, Coaching Club American Oaks, Gazelle Stakes and Ashland Stakes.
My Flag, of course, was one of three Grade 1 winners produced by the legendary Personal Ensign, whose undefeated 13-race career included wins in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff, Whitney Handicap, Shuvee Handicap, Maskette, Frizette and Beldame Stakes (twice).
Gloat’s two-year-old colt by American Pharoah, Cantfightdestiny, sold for $310,000 to Zayat Stables at last year’s Fasig-Tipton October Sale.
Madras Check’s victory completed an excellent weekend for Jay and Christine Hayden, who also own Shooting Party, the granddam of Kentucky Derby winner Country House and Gallorette Stakes heroine Mitchell Road.