Updated on 09/15/2011 12:38PM

Boss enjoys very big day on two fronts


The Boss, aka George M. Steinbrenner III, has his share of good days at the ballpark and the racetrack. Saturday, July 14, was one of them.

His world champion New York Yankees began the blitz at Miami's Pro Player Stadium by whipping the Marlins. Next door at Calder Race Course, his Kinsman Farm runners won a pair of stakes and just missed with a first-time starter.

"It was a very good day," confirmed Kinsman Farm manager Mike Boyd, who accompanied Steinbrenner. In fact, it was one of the biggest paydays for Kinsman Farm at the Miami track. In 1986, split divisions of the Florida Stallion Stakes (In Reality division) were won by Steinbrenner teammates Uncle Cam and Never Waiver, generating a gross of $240,000. That sum matched what Dream Supreme added to her earnings by winning the Grade 3 $400,000 Princess Rooney Handicap.

Illusioned, by Woodman out of the multiple stakes producer Undeniably, by In Reality, won the $250,000, six-furlong Carry Back Stakes for 3-year-olds with perhaps even greater pizzazz than Dream Supreme's facile victory in the Princess Rooney.

"He was a backward colt," said Boyd. "He did not show much early on - basically immature. So, it was decided to give him the time to grow up. Mr. Steinbrenner has a Tampa office and often goes over to Tampa Bay Downs for relaxation. So, we sent him there as a maiden 3-year-old, and that's where he won his first two starts."

The Kinsman Farm broodmare band numbers around 40. On any given year between 15 and 25 will leave Florida to go to Kentucky to be bred. "When the time comes to wean, we bring them home," continued Boyd. "The foals then pass their yearling year on the farm, where they will eventually be broken and prepped for racing.

"Yes, this spring's abortion problems in Kentucky did impact us. The dam of Illusioned and Concerto lost her foal by Touch Gold after 110 days and is barren. The farm does, however, have a suckling filly and a yearling filly out of Undeniably, and both are by A.P. Indy."

Boyd, as one might expect from someone who raised and prepped Concerto for racing, is enthusiastic when it comes to the young stallion, a multiple graded stakes winner of $1.3 million in residence at Ocala Stud. Kinsman Farm elected some years back not to stand stallions. "We have supported Concerto with some of our best mares, and we'll have more of his foals than any other sire," Boyd said.

Struggler last remnant of Devonia

The stallion Struggler (GB) is about all that remains of Brian and Vallerie Mills's Devonia Stud. The erstwhile enterprise of developing stallions and commercial market breeding is all but history.

Struggler (GB) is by Night Shift-Dreamawhile, by Known Fact, and was a tough European sprinter. Struggler, a grandson of Northern Dancer, was weighted the best sophomore sprinter in France.

Struggler (GB), as with most young stallions with a relatively unknown sire and overseas racing record, was not embraced by Florida breeders. By and large they did not sell well as weanlings or yearlings.

One such yearling named War Struggler was sold at last year's OBS yearling auction for $2,000. He turned out to be a profitable pin-hook as he was resold at the Texas 2-year-old sales this spring for $21,000.

Opening up early, War Struggle left the maiden ranks at Louisiana Downs by a comfortable margin. War Struggler is the second offspring of his sire to race. The first one, Linda's Fashion, has a fourth and a second in two attempts.