Sparkling dirt debut for Madras Check in Japan
Making her first start on dirt, Madras Check, ran out the impressive winner of her fourth start at Nakayama in Japan in Sunday.
The daughter of Malibu Moon 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 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 G3 Daily Hai Queen Cup.
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 yearling colt by American Pharoah sold for $310,000 to Zayat Stables at the Fasig-Tipton October Sale.