Stakes (G-1), formerly known as the Norfolk
Stakes, unveiled a new leader in California's Juvenile Colt
division. Breaking from post 10, Power Broker raced three wide,
rating in third about 1 ½ lengths behind the pace setters. At the
top of the stretch he was given his cue by Rafael Bejarano. The chestnut colt took control down the lane, opening
up 6 ½ lengths. He traveled the 1 1/6 miles in 1:44.44, just a tick
faster than Executivepriviledge, heroine of the the filly
counterpart, the Chandelier Stakes.
Previously, Power Broker who won his
maiden in the Grade 1 FrontRunner, has led or pressed the pace in two
of his three starts, faltering late after setting quick fractions. In
his last start, the Bob
Baffert trainee was beaten a neck by Dry Summer in the Oak Tree
Juvenile Stakes, a one mile event over turf. The Frontrunner was
Power Broker's first race over dirt. He avenged his loss to Dry
Summer as that rival finished a non-competitive eighth in the
The FrontRunner Stakes officially
kicked off the new Road to the Kentucky Derby. In June, Churchill
Downs instituted a new points system to winnow the Derby hopefuls.
The Frontrunner Stakes and the Royal Lodge Stakes (Gr. 2), a one mile
turf affair at Newmarket, England were held over the weekend. The
winners of those races, Power Broker and Steeler, earned ten points
in their Kentucky Derby quest. Additionally, the Frontrunner is a
Breeders Cup “Win and you're in” challenge race.
With his victory in the FrontRunner
Stakes, Power Broker established himself as a legitimate contender
for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and a very early Kentucky Derby
- Shop Again, by Wild Again) was $360K Keeneland September
2011 Yearling purchase by Gary
& Mary West. The chestnut colt is by sire of sires Pulpit,
who is tied for second on the general sire list in terms of graded
stakes winners this year. Puplit won or placed in five of six
starts. His only off the board finish came in the 1997 Kentucky
Derby. The gallant colt dueled on the lead for much of the race, but
faded to fourth. It was discovered that Pulpit was injured during
the race and was subsequently retired.
With over 20 sons at stud
internationally, Pulpit is building a reputation as a sire of sires.
His sons Tapit, Sky Mesa and Purge have led or been at the top of
their respective Freshman Sire lists. Pulpit's offspring win over
all surfaces and are generally best up to 1 1/8 miles, however, he is
represented by five stakes winners at 1 ¼ miles or farther.
(A.P. Indy - Preach, by Mr. Prospector)
Race Record: 6-4-1-0 ($728,200)
1st – Fountain of Youth
1st – Toyota Blue Grass
2nd – Florida Derby (G-1)
Power Broker's female family is
sprinkled with stakes winners. He is the third foal, second to race
and first stakes runner produced by his stakes winning dam Shop
Again. The bay mare needed 13 starts to win her maiden, sprinting six
furlongs over dirt. She won four races, all sprints, including the
Ada Stakes at Remington Park and an allowance contest over turf.
Shop Again is a half sister to Miss Shop (by Deputy Minister), a
multiple graded stakes winner from 1 1/16 miles and 1 ¼ miles. Miss
Shop's accomplishments include victories in the Personal Ensign
(G-1), Rampart (G-2), Turnback The Alarm (G-3) and Sunshine Millions
Filly and Mare Turf.
Shop Again half brother Trappe Shot (by
Tapit) won the True North Handicap (G-2) and another half brother
Bought In Dixie (by Dixieland Band) is a stakes winner. Power
Broker's fourth dam Lady Be Good is a blue hen. Notable runners
produced by this distaff line include Vosburgh (G-1) hero Mining,
multiple stakes winner Scolara and the English Champions Zilzal,
Culture Vulture, and Intikhab.
Again (Wild Again - Shopping, by Private Account)
Race Record: 21-4-2-4 ($122,274)
1st – Ada Stakes
Power Broker carries plenty of stamina
in his distaff line. His damsire Wild Again was a multiple graded
stakes winner between 1 1/8 to 1 ¼ miles, including a victory in the
inaugural 1984 Breeders' Cup Classic. As a broodmare sire, Wild
Again is currently #26 on the 2012 Broodmare Sire List in terms of
winners. Over 57 of his daughters progeny are stakes winners,
including Stephen Foster (G-1) victor Macho Again, Breeders' Cup
Marathon (G-2) hero Afleet Again, and Forego Handicap champ Pyro.
Power Broker and Pyro are similarly bred, as both are by Pulpit out
of Wild Again dams.
Pulpit has ten foals out of Wild Again
mares. Seven have started and won, and four own blacktype. Pyro and
Power Broker are the only graded stakes winners. Two others have won
Race Record: 28-8-74 ($2,204,829)
1st – Breeders' Cup
1st – Meadowlands Cup
1st – Oaklawn Handicap
1st – New Orleans Handicap
More stamina attributes are found
through Power Broker's second damsire Private Account (by Damascus),
a two-time Grade 1 winner at 1 ¼ miles. Among his top offspring is
the undefeated Champion Mare Personal Ensign. Power Broker's third
sire is Kentucky Derby/Preakness hero Majestic Prince.
Power Broker is a large, muscular colt,
whose physique brings to mind another Baffert trainee, Point Given.
Power Broker has the build of a two – turn horse, with a deep,
slanted shoulder and powerful hind quarters. His gait is smooth with
average extension and no wasted motion. Power Broker has the
pedigree to be successful at 1 1/8 miles and beyond. He's already a
winner at the distance of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and just as
importantly, his victory came over the Santa Anita dirt. Should he
finish competitively in the Juvenile, Power Broker could become a
powerful opponent on the Triple Crown trail.