Victorian product Santa Ana Lane has definitely put up a good show to claim the title of best sprinter in Australia after winning the Stradbroke Handicap on Saturday, his third major title this racing season.
And it’s a champion claim his owners, the William Street Syndicate, as well as Rosemont Stud’s Anthony Mithen most certainly will sign up to.
Santa Ana Lane was bought as a six-week-old foal at foot to his dam Fast Fleet by Melbourne barrister Dyson Hore-Lacy for $60,000 at the Patinack Farm Reduction Sale in 2012.
Hore-Lacy placed him in the care of Rosemont, west of Geelong, where he grew up before being presented at the 2014 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale.
He made what now seems like a modest $80,000 in the ring but had plenty going for him according to Mithen.
“I remember him well…he was such an uncomplicated type of horse,” Mithen pointed out.
“He’s a Lope de Vega and was just the kind of athlete you could recommend to anyone. Trouble free and very correct.
“He looked as if he’d go on with it and that’s certainly proven to be the case. I reckon they’ll have a tough go trying to pick the best sprinter from this season and I’m firmly in the Santa Ana Lane camp!”
Santa Ana Lane’s $1.5 million Stradbroke Handicap score was his third at Group 1 level this season and he also became the first horse in history to win the Goodwood/Stradbroke double.
The Anthony Freedman trained five-year-old is now the winner of $2,228,711 in prizemoney with seven wins and six placings from 27 outings.
Showing promise early with wins at his first two starts, Santa Ana Lane won the Group 3 Zeditave Stakes in his fourth career start, but it would be over 14 months before his next victory in the Wagga Town Plate.
His third major title has capped been a memorable twelve months or so for Rosemont Stud which had either bred, raised and/or sold four Group 1 winners in 2017.
And that trend has pretty much continued in 2018 through ‘graduates’ such as Santa Ana Lane, Group 1 horses Runaway, Rimraam, Prairie Fire and True Excelsior, plus Iconoclasm, Fish River (Group winner in South Africa), Thrillster and Krone.
And on Saturday, they had another homebred runner the 3YO filly Remember The Name win at Flemington. Coincidentally, like Santa Ana Lane, the filly is also by Lope De Vega.
Sales results were also strong, Rosemont set a new benchmark for the highest priced yearling sold at the VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale and had a Spirit of Boom colt sell for a sale-high $300,000 in Adelaide.
Meanwhile the triple Group 1 winner’s dam was sold earlier this month at the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale. In foal to Darley’s son of Tapit, Frosted, she was picked up for $200,000 by Aquis Farm.