Friday, April 24, 2009

Augustin Among Us

George Strawbridge's Augustin Stables have had themselves quite the Keeneland meeting. They crossed the wire first in another graded stakes yesterday with Winter View in the Bewitched.

Winter View is a half sister to champion European two-year-old Rainbow View (also Augustin). Yesterday's Grade III was the 5-year-old's first stakes win and just second win stateside. Our very own Caprice finished fourth.

Augustin's champion Forever Together returned without problem in a dominating performance in the Jenny Wiley. The gray hadn't ran since her win in the BC Filly & Mare Turf, but showed no ill-effects in a galloping win.

Another part of the onslaught was Informed Decision, who won the Grade I Vinery Madison on Friday April 10. Informed Decision, like Forever Together, was making her first start since the fall. She set a track record on the Keeneland poly then, and beat the Breeders' Cup F&M Sprint champion this time.

Innovative, our Johannesburg 3-year-old filly returned to the winner's circle donning the Augustin green and white silks just two days ago.

On opening day Smart Bid, also trained by Graham, finished second in the G III Transylvania. To add to the fray, Kurbat (Augustin & Motion) finished second in the Fort Harrod.

Congratulations to Mr. Strawbridge and Graham's old boss, Jonathan Sheppard for an outstanding and well-deserved Keeneland season.

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