Swettenham Stud’s Americain has sired his first stakes winner when the four-year-old filly, Causeforcommotion scored in the Possibly Perfect Stakes at Santa Anita Park in the United States.
Swettenham’s Sam Matthews was delighted to get the first stakes win on the board and was upbeat about Americain’s’ many stakes successes to come.
“Causeforcommotion is from his first Northern Hemisphere crop, and she already showed class in her city wins. For her to win over 2000 metres, she had a fantastic turn of foot, which is customary with what we are seeing from the Americain progeny. They have both the stamina and the ability to show explosive speed late,” Matthews said.
“His Australian progeny have now had two stakes placings, so no doubt Americain will be replicating this effort with a stakes win over 2000 metres domestically in the near future.”
The stakes winning mare’s trainer Ian Kruljac said she had built up the right momentum moving up from mid-field and knew once she turned for home that “she had her eyes on the other horses and would just kept on running with that same focus.”
After being bought for US$40,000 at Keenland as a yearling Causeforcommotion has now won 3 of 14 starts, and was runner up in the Group 3 Santa Barbara Stakes.
“Causeforcommotion is out of a Giant’s Causeway mare, which also demonstrates Americain’s’ versatility of matings available on that Dynaformer line,” Matthews said.
Another of Swettenham’s international shuttle sires Toronado was also back in the winner’s circle over the weekend with the two-year-old Yolo Again saluting at Navan in Ireland.
The second winner for his sire, Yolo Again broke his maiden impressively for trainer Johnny Murtagh, beating the well-fancied Aiden O’Brien trained Scat Daddy horse, Isle Of Innisfree, over the 1006 metre distance.
“Being one of the earliest two-year-old races in Ireland, this demonstrates that the Toronados can get up early and win against some very well bred horses. It also showed speed over a quick 1000 metres, and even when he was headed, he fought back with the grit and determination that we expect the Toronados to have,” Matthews said.