07/30/2009 11:00PM

Trippi a nice fit for South Africa

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LEXINGTON, Ky. - Trippi is having a good summer as a sire. His daughter Jealous Again won the Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes at Royal Ascot in June. More recently, he had two winners Wednesday on Saratoga's opening day, Gold Trippi in the James Marvin Stakes and Saratoga Russell in an allowance race. On Sunday, his stakes-winning son Bunker Hill will be in the Haskell lineup at Monmouth.

All are Florida-breds. Gold Trippi and Bunker Hill are homebreds, and Jealous Again and Saratoga Russell were not bank-breakers. They sold at the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company for $30,000 and $170,000, respectively.

Ross Fuller, manager of South Africa's Drakenstein and L'Ormarins Stud farms, is especially happy with this spate of useful, moderately priced runners. Fuller manages Drakenstein and L'Ormarins for owner Gaynor Rupert, who bought Trippi privately last year and then syndicated him in 40 shares. The 12-year-old End Sweep horse's first South African foals are due in early August, the beginning of the foaling season there, and his recent good results in the Northern Hemisphere have added to his new owners' enthusiasm.

"I was very happy," Fuller said. "We can only hope for the winners, and he's getting them all the time."

When Rupert bought Trippi, the horse was standing at Ocala Stud and led Florida's stallion ranks. He had established himself as a useful sire of versatile American runners. Fuller said several aspects appealed to Rupert.

"Conformation," Fuller said. "And we were looking for a horse that was upgrading his mares. When we got over there to look at horses, he was the one that stuck out both to me and Mrs. Rupert. His progeny were doing so well with the quality of mares that he got."

Fuller and Rupert also liked that he was largely free of Northern Dancer in his pedigree.

"You could cover just about anything with him," Fuller said. "We need speed in South Africa, and his horses also run up to 10 furlongs. Although he was a dirt horse, he looked to me like a grass horse in physique, and I thought he'd match very well with our mares."

Fuller said Trippi's book is limited to 100 mares. About half of the shareholders are commercial breeders, and three are big stud farms that keep fillies but sell colts.

"It's quite nice that the big owners will be keeping horses, as well, and that they will go to the top trainers," Fuller said.

In South Africa, Trippi has access to some of the nation's best broodmares, and expectations are high. His first foal for Drakenstein and L'Ormarins, due Aug. 5, is out of Group 1-placed Arabian Pearl. She's a full sister to Dubai champion and promising South African first-crop sire Victory Moon, who died July 26 after fracturing a hind leg.

"Trippi got out of quarantine that day, and basically she was lined up there waiting for him in the afternoon," Fuller said of Arabian Pearl's mating.

Arabian Pearl is typical of the quality Trippi will get in South Africa, Fuller said.

"He had an outstanding book last year, and this year he's got multi-Group 1 winners coming to him," he said. "So the future looks bright for him."

Trippi will stand his second South African season for 100,000 rand, or about $12,800, the same fee he had in 2008 and close to his $12,500 fee at Ocala Stud in 2008.

Adoption/retraining programs share $218K

Blue Horse Charities, a subsidiary of Fasig-Tipton managed by Thoroughbred Charities of America, has awarded $218,685 to 52 nonprofit adoption and retraining programs for Thoroughbreds. The awards were based on the number of former racehorses the programs placed in new homes, according to an announcement by TCA.

"For this year's round of grants, the top five most productive Thoroughbred retraining and adoption centers were New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program, Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption Program, MidAtlantic Horse Rescue, South Jersey Thoroughbred Rescue, and Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, who together placed 317 of the 717 tattooed ex-racehorses funded," TCA executive director Liz Harris said.

Blue Horse Charities raises funds through voluntary check-off donations at Fasig-Tipton auctions. Buyers, sellers, and consignors can donate one-quarter of 1 percent of their sales proceeds or purchases, and Fasig-Tipton will match those donations.

Ecclesiastic to stand in Uruguay

Two-time Grade 3 winner Ecclesiastic, by Pulpit, will stand in Uruguay in 2010 at Haras Don Alfredo, which also stands Uruguay's perennial leading sire Robin des Pins.

Ecclesiastic, winner of the Grade 3 Jaipur Stakes in 2005 and 2007, previously stood at Walmac Farm's Pennsylvania division at Reigle Heir Farm. The deal to send him to Uruguay is a joint venture between Walmac and Jose de Camargo's Santa Escolastica operation.

Ecclesiastic is an 8-year-old son of multiple stakes winner Starry Dreamer, by Rubiano. He will be the only son of Pulpit standing in South America in 2010, according to Haras Don Alfredo.