A Breeders Cup hero himself in 2002 and 2003, High Chaparral featured at Churchill Downs on Saturday when his talented colt Wrote (2c High Chaparral x Desert Classic by Green Desert) captured the Grade I Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf.
A member of the powerful Aidan O’Brien team, Wrote was partnered by Ryan Moore, who allowed the colt to settle midfield before asking him for an effort in the stretch.
He accelerated quickly to take the mile contest by two and a quarter lengths, his overall record now three wins and two placings from just five starts, this victory his first in Black Type company.
Raced by Mrs John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith, Wrote broke his maiden at his second start at Cork on August 22 and then added a win at Galway on August 29, before a third-place effort in the Grade II Juddmonte Royal Lodge Stakes at Newmarket on September 24.
“He went to Newmarket for his first run in a group race and just got a little bit unbalanced coming down the hill the first time,” explained Aidan O’Brien.
“It can happen sometimes in Newmarket.”
The handsome dark bay was sidelined after that run, but O’Brien was confident Wrote was the right horse to take to the US.
“After that, he had a little bit of a temperature for a while, so he had to have a break,” OBrien revealed.
“This was his first one back, but he’d been working very well and Joe [O’Brien]’s been really
happy with him in his work.”
Purchased for 145,000 guineas from the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, Wrote is one of two winners from the unplaced Green Desert mare Desert Classic, who traces back to celebrated producer Special, whose countless notable descendants include champion sires Sadler’s Wells and Nureyev as well as last year’s Breeders Cup Classic hero Blame.
Wrote is the 30th stakes-winner worldwide for High Chaparral and is his seventh Grade I winner.
His flagship son So You Think (5h High Chaparral x Triassic, by Tights) tried his hand on the dirt in the Grade I Breeders Cup Classic and finished a game sixth behind Drosselmeyer, his effort coming at the end of an arduous season that has seen the Australasian superstar race on eight occasions in four countries collecting Grade I wins in the Tattersalls Gold Cup, Sandown Eclipse Stakes and Irish Champion Stakes.
“I was closer than what I had planned to be, but he jumped well, and there’s no point taking him back on this dirt,” said So You Think’s rider Ryan Moore.
“The pace was strong, but he stayed in sweetly behind them. He just ran out of petrol toward the end. It was his first run on the dirt, in the toughest race in North America. He ran a very creditable race.”