Foaled at Sledmere Stud on August 3 for clients China Horse Club, Pasadena Girl (NZ), a winner of the Group 1 Champagne Stakes as a juvenile produced her first foal, a filly by Coolmore Stud’s Golden Slipper winner Vancouver early on Thursday morning.
A winner on debut in the Listed Talindert Stakes over eventual Group 1 winner Stay With Me, Pasadena Girl (Savabeel) also went on to claim her second start, being too good for her opposition in the Group 3 Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes at Flemington.
Fourth in the Group 1 Sires’ Produce Stakes behind Pride Of Dubai, Pasadena Girl claimed the Group 1 Champagne Stakes at just her fourth start, defeating Rapper Dragon, who would later go on to race in Hong Kong where he claimed the elusive four-year-old series comprised of the Classic Mile, Classic Cup and Hong Kong Derby.
As a spring and autumn three-year-old filly, Pasadena Girl performed consistently, but did not managed to secure another race victory, and hence the decision was to made to sell her later that year.
Sold through the draft of Yarraman Park Stud at the 2016 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale to China Horse Club for $500,000, Pasadena Girl retired to stud where her first suitor was the Group 1-winning, unbeaten Champion Two-year-old Vancouver, a son of global sire Medaglia d’Oro.
Having spent the season in Kentucky, USA, covering his first northern hemisphere book of mares, Vancouver was a powerful colt and highly regardred from all that had anything to do with him.
A win in the Listed Breeders’ Plate on debut, the Group 3 Canonbury Stakes followed before a three and a quarter length demolition over Furnaces and Headwater in the Group 2 Todman Stakes.
Jumping from barrier 16 in the Golden Slipper, Vancouver’s victory over stablemate English, was recorded in the same time as the recently crowned Leading first season sire Pierro, faster than the likes of Capitalist, Luskin Star, Marscay, Rory’s Jester, Danzero, Flying Spur, Stratum and Sebring.
Congratulations must go to the China Horse Club on the birth of the blue-blooded filly, and we wish them the best of luck for the rest of the foaling season, with many outstanding mares set to foal the ‘Champions’ of tomorrow.