Eliza Park International graduate Pasadena Girl was a fitting winner of the G3 TBV Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on Saturday.
The Peter Moody trained filly cost just $25,000 at the 2014 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale and she earned more black-type at the expense of Queensland bred filly Air Apparent and Darley NSW homebred Pursuits.
Pasadena Girl (Savabeel) had won the LR Talindert Stakes on debut at Flemington last month and sent her earnings to $162,000 in just two starts for a large syndicate of owners. She is the first foal from Redoute’s Choice mare Nina From Pasadena who was bred by Emily Krstina owner Tony Santic.
“I tossed up whether to run her against the fillies in this race or the colts in the Sires’ Produce Stakes,” Moody revealed. “She didn’t beat much first-up but showed she was capable up the straight. She stamped herself with a bit of class today.”
Later in the day, Eliza Park International graduate Lazumba (Sebring) was runner-up in the G2 VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes. She races for the same connections as Group 1 winner Rostova and cost $165,000 at the 2014 Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale.
Eliza Park International has upped support for the Victorian industry since Sun International owner Ting Kong Cheng bought its operations in June 2013. New stallions added to the roster since then have been Fiorente, Fighting Sun and Squamosa.
Champion EPI stallion Bel Esprit broke through $3.50 million in progeny earnings this season when Belcielo won at Geelong on Saturday. His sire has won the last seven Victorian premierships and is weighted to win again – Bel Esprit (253) has the numbers with double the starters of close rival Reset (127).