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Swinging Song first winner for Mr. Sidney
By Joe Nevills
Grade 1 winner Mr. Sidney was represented by his first winner on Friday, when Swinging Song held on to win by a short neck in a conditions race at Maisons-Laffitte.
The 2-year-old filly completed the 1,200-meter (about six-furlong) race in 1:14.50 over turf labeled as heavy. Homebred in England by Alain Louis-Dreyfus and trained by Mikel Delzangles, Swinging Song is the first foal out of the winning Rossini mare Singing Machine.
Mr. Sidney, a 9-year-old son of Storm Cat, stands at Haras du Quesnay near Deauville, France, for an advertised fee of $6,560 (5,000 Euros). He has 24 juveniles in his initial crop.
Mr. Sidney was a successful turf miler in the U.S., winning the Grade 1 Maker’s Mark Mile and the Grade 2 Firecracker Handicap, both in 2009. He also finished third that year in the Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile. In total, Mr. Sidney won five of 13 career starts for earnings of $486,875.
Bred in Kentucky by Hilbert Thoroughbreds, Mr. Sidney is out of the multiple Grade 1-winning A.P. Indy mare Tomisue’s Delight, a half-sister to Horse of the Year and successful sire Mineshaft. Tomisue’s Delight is the dam of four winners from six foals to race, including multiple stakes-placed winner Save Big Money, who set a track record at Keeneland Race Course for 1 3/16 miles. Mr. Sidney is also from the family of Grade 1 winners Prospector’s Delite and Runup the Colors, Grade 2 winner and sire Top Account, and Group 3 winner and sire Monashee Mountain.
Mr. Sidney drew headlines as a yearling, when owner Circle E Racing secured him for a winning bid of $3.9 million at the 2005 Keeneland September sale. He was trained during his career, save for his first start, by Bill Mott.