Swettenham Stud shuttler Americain (USA) sired his second Kentucky-bred winner when Lizzie’s Way streeted a turf maiden field over 1600m at Golden Gate Fields on Friday.
Lizzie’s Way was bred by Americain’s Australian based part-owners Kevin & Colleen Bamford and sold for $10,000 at the 2015 Keeneland September yearling sale to My Way Racing.
Colleen Bamford thinks they unwittingly contributed to the win.
“Of course, we sold the dam (of Lizzie’s Way) just a few days ago! And then the filly goes out and wins!” Colleen exclaimed.
The Rene Amescua-trained two-year-old Lizzie’s Way was unhurried in the early stages before jockey Juan Hernandez sent her on a searching four-wide rally around the home turn. She collared the leader Silver Minx and then raced away to score by 5 lengths and drawing away.
She is the first foal of Darley-bred mare Water Ice (Shamardal) who won a Wolverhampton nursery in July 2010.
“We bought a few mares to go to Americain at his Kentucky base. Water Ice was the last of them we owned before she was sold last week. I really liked her, she is beautifully bred being by Shamardal,” Colleen said.
There have been five Americain 2YO starters to date from his first crop conceived at Calumet Farm in Kentucky.
Folk Magic was the first of them and she won by 3 lengths on debut at Woodbine. American Deluxe could be another early winner following an encouraging second at Belmont Park.
Geegee Blackprince, the first runner of Americain’s first southern hemisphere crop debuted recently at Launceston with several others expected to participate in trials and jumpouts over coming weeks and months.