07/23/2013 4:29PM

Washington sire Nationhood represented by first winner


Local standout and freshman sire Nationhood was represented by his first winner at stud on July 13 when Zafari Nation won a maiden claiming race at Emerald Downs by 1 1/2 lengths.

The 2-year-old bay filly completed the 4 1/2-furlong race in :53.83 seconds over a fast track. Homebred in Washington by Karen Angelos and Keith Swagerty, and also co-owned by Terry Pierce, Zafari Nation is out of the multiple stakes-winning Jazzing Around mare A Jazzy Venture.

Nationhood, an 11-year-old son of Cherokee Run, stands at Blue Ribbon Farm in Buckley, Wash., for an advertised fee of $1,500. His debut crop consists of 15 foals.

Initially campaigned by Darley Stable, Nationhood came into his own after being sold privately to owner Cander Racing and put in the barn of trainer Mike Chambers, who campaigned him at Emerald Downs and Turf Paradise. He was a four-time stakes winner, twice at each track, highlighted by the Budweiser Emerald Handicap at Emerald Downs in 2008.

Nationhood retired with eight wins from 22 starts and earnings of $181,820.

Bred in Kentucky by Lawrence Goichman, Nationhood is out of the winning Danzig mare Elhasna, who produced eight winners from nine to race, including Karis Makaw, also a multiple stakes winner at Emerald Downs, and Irtahal, Group 3-placed in England.

Nationhood’s second dam is champion sprinter Gold Beauty, making him from the family of champions Sky Beauty and Dayjur, as well as Grade/Group 1 winners Maplejinsky, Tale of Ekati, Pleasant Home, Point of Entry, and Pine Island.