04/24/2013 9:17PM

Ireland-based stallion Art Connoisseur represented by first winner


Group 1 winner Art Connoisseur was represented by his first winner April 23, when Der Blaue Reiter won his career debut at Great Yarmouth Racecourse in England.

Trained by George Baker for owner Clive Washbourne, Der Blaue Reiter covered five furlongs on turf rated good in 1:03.16. The Irish-bred chestnut colt is the ninth winner from 12 starters out of the Secreto mare Kafayef.

Art Connoisseur, who was trained by Michael Bell, won four of 11 career starts for earnings of $677,873. After capturing the Group 2 Coventry Stakes as a juvenile at Royal Ascot in 2008, he returned to the famed meeting the following year to score in the Group 1 Golden Jubilee Stakes over U.S. invader Cannonball. He also was Group 1-placed in Ireland, finishing second in the 2008 Phoenix Stakes. 

Art Connoisseur, a 7-year-old Lucky Story horse out of the winning Danehill mare Withorwithoutyou, stands at Irish National Stud in Co. Kildare for a fee of about $5,850 (4,500 Euros). He is from the family of European champion and classic-winning filly Balanchine and several other graded/group stakes winners.