Peter Fusca’s Grandview Thoroughbreds will stand first season stallion San Padre, a son of Teofilo, this season at his Mickleham property.

Situated only 10 minutes from the airport and only a stone’s throw from the Oaklands Inglis complex on 200 acres, his property’s undulating hills has been well set up for horses.

Fusca has raced many successful horses with Mick Kent and was an owner of the new sire from the beginning of his racing days. After San Padre showed a touch of class to win his maiden, they were optimistic about his future.

“He had bucket loads of stamina, he was strong and tough, he was certainly an exciting young stayer. A beautiful big colt who would improve as the races got longer, he needed a mile and a half.” Kent said.

San Padre ran in four stakes races including a sixth placing in the Group 1 Victoria Derby and was competitive when contesting the Group 2 Autumn Classic at Caulfield and the Group 2 Moonee Valley Vase.

Fusca, the managing owner throughout the handsome stallion’s race career, was disappointed that the racing public never saw the best of him.

“He was hampered by a suspensory injury after his Derby run, so I made the call to retire him once we realised he would never show his full potential.

“He was too nice a horse to keep racing when he wasn’t 100%, so I brought him home.

“I have had six to eight horses in Mick’s stables at any one time. I don’t do it for the money, I do it because I enjoy the game and love my horses. I have been in the industry for over 30 years, and I’m very lucky that I am able to do it, to be truthful,” Fusca said.

San Padre was an outstanding yearling topping the first day of the 2013 Inglis Premier Sale, selling for $250,000 to trainer Mick Kent.

“Mick contacted me straight after the sales to become involved, as he just loved the horse. He had Derby written all over him, and that was why he paid the high price for him, with Gai being the under bidder,” Fusca said.

“There was a lot of Fastnet Rock about him, he was by far my favourite colt at the sale. I paid more than I wanted to but I just loved him. I can’t afford Fastnet Rock’s so I look at yearlings out of his daughters,” Kent said.

Beautifully bred, San Padre has plenty of depth in his pedigree and is sired by the undefeated European champion Teofilo.

He is the second foal out of the Fastnet Rock mare San Cristobel, who was a city winner herself at two.

His grand dam Galapagos Girl, a dual Group 3 winner in the MRC Mannerism Stakes and the VRC Frances Tressady Stakes. She is a half-sister to brilliant producer Procrastinate, the dam of good stakes winners Laisserfaire, Foreplay, Personify and Time Thief.

Fusca has a handy band of broodmares at Mickleham, with four due to foal any day. Being a supporter of the Victorian breeding industry, he is expecting foals from Victorian stallions such as Swettenham’s Puissance De Lune and Woodside’s Rich Enuff.

“San Padre has about fifteen mares booked to him this season, including my own mares, and I would be happy to negotiate a price for any breeder interested in sending their mare.”

“Although he didn’t get the chance to really perform on the track due to his ongoing issue, we knew how good he was. He was just full of natural talent, and there is no doubt that he will leave a very nice type of horse to please any breeder.”

For more information on San Padre please contact Peter Fusca at Grandview Thoroughbreds on 0408 171 924.

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