Classic Hope The Latest Stakes Winner by Sioux Nation
Estrosa (3f Sioux Nation - Eclairante, by High Chaparral) emerged as a Classic contender when leading home a 1-2-3 for young Coolmore sires in the Listed Premio Seregno at San Siro.
Racing over a mile, the Endo Botti-trained bay quickened through horses approaching the final furlong and ran on well to score by half a length under Dario di Tocco. Irish recruit Pure Circle (Saxon Warrior) finished strongly to take second, while Mia Sioux (Sioux Nation) took third.
Speaking after the race, the winning rider said, “She is a nice filly and deserved to win her Stakes. She quickened well and should improve.”
Stakes-placed as a juvenile, Estrosa will now target the Group 3 Premio Regina Elena. Owned by Juventus FC manager Massimimiliano Allegri, the Charel Bloodstock-bred filly becomes the sixth Stakes winner from the first crop of Sioux Nation.
A week earlier, Behind Enemy Lines (3c Sioux Nation - Autumn Snow, by Invincible Spirit) provided his sire with his first US Stakes win in the $100,00 Cutler Bay at Gulfstream Park.
Jack Sisterson’s recruit was making his American debut, having been purchased privately following an impressive maiden win for Joseph O’Brien. Stepping up to seven and a half furlongs, he chased the leaders under Jose Ortiz and was switched out to challenge turning for home. Running on strongly, he led by a neck on the line.
“We thought he was a good horse when he arrived,” the winning trainer later revealed. “We trained him that way, and it's paid off. We might look at the Grade 2 American Turf Stakes on Kentucky Derby day and see if he'll stretch out a bit for those big races.”
Behind Enemy Lines is now owned by Rockingham Ranch, Talla Racing LLC & David A Bernsen.