Undefeated Straight Man colt wins stake race in Italy
RSS Feeds Saturday, November 22, 2008
Huntingman won at first asking in Rome in the $17,750, 1,700-meter Premio Chiese, by 12 lengths. In his second start on November 8th, in the $46,407 Premio Campobello Stakes in Milan, he covered the 1,800 meters over the grass in 1:58.50 to win by three lengths and to increase his earnings to $31,776. The colt remains undefeated in two starts. Huntingman, is a 2-year-old son of Straight Man and was bred by Liam Benson, owner of Mayo West Farm in Morriston, Florida. He was sent to Italy by Liam and was sold privately last spring to Pietro Flori. “It was a very good win,” Liam said. “Three lengths is always good, but I wasn’t surprised. I liked the conformation of the horse and his temperament. He was a good size and was very willing and very smart. I have no doubt that the future holds graded stakes wins for him. He was actually entered in a Grade 2 race there on Oct. 26, but the race didn’t happen because there was a strike by the horsemen. But his new owners are crazy about the horse. They love the horse.” Liam still owns Huntingman’s dam, the Dove Hunt mare, Huntingland. The mare has a yearling colt on the ground by Put It Back, which will likely be sold at the OBS March sale of 2-year-olds in training. Huntingland is currently in foal to Western Pride, and plans are to breed her to Straight Man again next year.
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