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Kentucky Derby brilliance for Shooting Party family

An outstanding update came the way of the Shooting Party family with the victory of her grandson Country House in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby.

The Palace Malice colt out of Shooting Party set for this week’s Arqana May Breeze-Up Sale in France. Photo: Arqana

Country House, who was awarded the Classic on the disqualification of Maximum Security, came into the race with a progressive resume for Bill Mott, having previously run second in the Grade 2 Risen Star Stakes and third in the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby.

The colt was bred by the late Joseph V. ‘Jerry’ Shields out of his homebred mare Quake Lake, a War Chant daughter of Shooting Party.

The Grade 1-placed Shooting Party, by Sky Classic, 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 victories include the Prince Of Wales’s Stakes and Group 3 Seagram Stakes. Like Country House, he is a son of Ashford Stud stallion Lookin At Lucky – given his sire Smart Strike is related to Sky Classic, the cross results in inbreeding to blue hen No Class.

In addition to Country House, Quake Lake is also the dam of recent Albert M. Stall Memorial Stakes winner Mitchell Road.

Shooting Party carried Shields’ colours to victory in four races as well a runner-up effort in the 2001 Grade 1 Garden City Breeders’ Handicap.

The mare has a two-year-old colt by Palace Malice in Europe catalogued to the Arqana May Breeze-Up Sale with Johnny Collins’ Brown Island Stables.

Click here to read the Racing Post’s profile of the colt ahead of this week’s Arqana Sale.

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