03/14/2016 1:06PM

Turkish-bred wins maiden at Santa Anita


The Turkish-born Seventh Sense scored by 2 1/4 lengths in a maiden special weight race Saturday at Santa Anita.

Agent Omer Halim Aydin, who buys horses on behalf of the Turkish Jockey Club, picked up the colt’s dam, the winning Distorted Humor mare No Dress Code, for $100,000 out of the 2012 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. The following March, she delivered her City Zip colt, a full brother to multiple graded stakes winner Reneesgotzip, in Turkey.

The colt was exported to the U.S. as a yearling and is now trained by Jerry Hollendorfer for owner Arif Kurtel, who has a record of 40-6-1-9 in the U.S., according to Equibase.

Seventh Sense finished eighth in his debut at Santa Anita last month before scoring in his second start.

Cupid making stakes debut

Cupid, an impressive maiden winner last month, will make his stakes debut in the Rebel for the Coolmore team, seeking to become the latest runner to live up to his purchase price at the 2014 Keeneland September yearling sale.

The son of leading sire Tapit was a $900,000 purchase out of the bellwether yearling sale, making him one of 15 horses sold at that price point or higher. The auction was co-topped by unbeaten early Kentucky Derby favorite Mohaymen and Group 2-placed Air Vice Marshal at $2.2 million.