... Bred by Stuart Janney III and Phipps Stable, Grand Manan earned his fifth win over timber. A flop on the flat (he was beaten in a $8,000 maiden claimer in his final start for Tim Salzman in 2012) and a flop in the hunt field (Meister was the last-chance saloon), the bay gelding didn’t make a sanctioned start from Dec. 5, 2012 at Laurel Park until winning the Miles Valentine novice timber at Fair Hill in May 2015.
Cladan wrote:Lead Astray is due to make his 2yo debut on Saturday. The colt has no front teeth after being kicked in the paddock as a baby. Fun fact...
Over the decades, the Phipps Stable has campaigned a legion of homebred turf luminaries, but the historic name appeared in an unusual place two months ago as the buyer of a pair of yearlings at the Keeneland September sale. The stable returns to a somewhat more regular role when it offers 11 mares, including GI Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner Pleasant Home (Seeking the Gold), through the Claiborne Farm consignment at the upcoming Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.
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