Melbourne, October 5
The midweek win at Geelong of promising Encosta de Lago filly Port Isabel provided a high spot in the week for Vin Cox Bloodstock, who purchased the filly for $350,000 at the 2006 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale on behalf of American based breeder Helen Alexander.
The owner of Middlebrook Farm in Kentucky, Miss Alexander has extensive thoroughbred interests and is also a Director of the Keeneland Association.
She has had a long involvement in Australian breeding going back to the days of Derby King Ranch, which was the farm that is now Woodlands Stud.
Miss Alexander still owns a number of horses in Australia and tasted success just a few years ago with the Grahame Begg trained mare Prenuptial, a Listed winner of five races who is now at stud.
Prepared by Lee Freedman, Port Isabel was having her second race start after finishing third at her debut run on September 4. Ridden back from a wide gate, she charged home to score a three quarter length win in the 1200 metre maiden.
Bred and offered for sale by Stratheden Stud, Port Isabel is the first foal of the Zeditave stakes-winner Calming and is bred on the exact same, Encosta de Lago/Zeditave cross as rising Hong Kong star Sacred Kingdom.
Port Isabel has also received some massive pedigree updates since the time of the sale as her dam Calming is a half-sister to outstanding producer Royal Solitaire, the dam of South African Group One winner War Artist and Group One placed filly Sashenka.
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