07/08/2010 11:00PM

George Washington's only offspring wins debut


Date With Destiny, the only offspring of the late champion miler George Washington, made her juvenile debut a winning one at Newbury on Friday with a comfortable victory in a seven-furlong maiden. Ridden by Richard Hughes, she broke slowly but recovered quickly to be seventh after a furlong and led just inside the eighth pole, running out a 1 1/2-length winner over Zanazzi as the 9-2 second choice. The winning time on good to firm ground was 1:26.73

The winner of four Group 1 races as a 3-year-old, including the 2000 Guineas and the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, George Washington was retired by his owners Magnier, Tabor, and Smith after a sixth-place finish behind Invasor in the 2006 Breeders' Cup Classic. He proved infertile, however, getting only a single foal out of the winless French-bred Rainbow Quest mare Flawlessly. George Washington was subsequently returned to Aidan O'Brien to race as a 4-year-old, running four times, the last in the Breeders' Cup Classic at a rain-soaked Monmouth Park, where he broke down and was euthanized.

That single foal is the filly Date With Destiny, who sold for $366,000 as a Goffs weanling and $550,000 as a Tattersalls yearling. In victory, she was completing a rare week for his trainer Richard Hannon, who won all three of the Group 2 juvenile stakes at Newmarket's July Meeting with Memory in the Cherry Hinton Stakes, Libranno in the July Stakes, and King Torus in the Superlative Stakes. Hannon said that Date With Destiny would run just once more this year for her owner Julie Wood.

Another well-bred newcomer, Zarkandar, won a 1 1/2-mile maiden at Clarefontaine on Thursday. A half-brother to undefeated Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe winner Zarkava out of the Kahyasi mare Zarkasha, Zarkandar is a 3-year-old son of Azamour, himself a four-time Group 1 winner between 8 and 12 furlongs. Leading throughout under a confident hand ride from Gerald Mosse, he was sent off as the 3.60-1 second choice wearing blinkers in his debut, a peculiar tactic in France, trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre explaining that he spends too much time watching other horses in training. Zarkandar defeated English Summer, the 9-10 Andre Fabre-trained son of Montjeu, by a length. Zarkava, currently in foal to 2009 Arc winner Sea the Stars, also has a filly foal by 2003 Arc winner Dalakhani.