Photo: Kevin Creative (Kevin House)
by Jarrod Horak
Which horse has the best
pedigree to handle twelve furlongs in the final leg of the Triple Crown on
Saturday, June 9 at Belmont Park? My Belmont Stakes alphabetical list continues
with Five Sixteen.
Five Sixteen’s sire Invasor (ARG) raced 12 times from 2005-07.
He won eleven times including the G1 BC Classic in 2006, defeating Bernardini.
He captured the Dubai World Cup in ’07 and banked more than $7.8 million in his
career. His current stud fee is $20k.
Invasor’s sire Candy Stripes (by Blushing
Groom) won 2 of 6 starts and finished 2nd in the G1 French Two
Thousand Guineas in 1985. He sired 59 stakes winners including Leroidesanimeaux
(BRZ). He died of colic in 2007 at age 25.
Invasor’s dam Quendom-ARG (by Interprete-ARG) is a
full sister to Group 1 winner Reina Victoriosa (ARG). The latter is the dam of
stakes winners More Than Regal and Ready Ruler.
Five Sixteen’s mother Third Street (by Salt Lake) captured 1
of 4 starts. She has thrown six winners including stakes winner Doc’s Doll.
Salt Lake (by Deputy Minister) won the G1 Hopeful as a juvenile in
1991 and captured the G2 King’s Bishop and G2 Fall Highweight as a sophomore
the following year. The late horse sired many stakes winners including grade
one winner Ordway.
Third Street’s dam Bisque Doll (by Quadrangle) was unraced.
She has thrown multiple winners including Nostradamus (by Nikoli-IRE).
Five Sixteen will be ridden by
Rosie Napravnik in the Belmont Stakes. He remains eligible for an entry level
spot and was not a serious threat in his first start vs. winners on April 18. He does not
own a stellar marathon pedigree and figures to attend the pace before weakening
at Big Sandy on June 9.