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Lion Heart Adds US Gr3

Tuesday, 8th July 2008

Coolmore shuttler & dual Gr1-winning freshman sire Lion Heart (Tale Of The Cat-Satin Sunrise, by Mr Leader) added a US juvenile group success when undefeated 2YO colt Azul Leon (Lion Heart-Quick Blue, by Cure The Blues) blitzed his rivals by 4 lengths in the US$100,000 Gr3 Hollywood Juvenile Championship (6 furlongs) at Hollywood Park. In the process the victory took Lion Heart to the top of the Freshman Sire rankings. Azul Lion, ridden by Rafael Bejarano for trainer Doug O'Neill defeated fellow 2YO geldings Making Dreams (Rio Verde-Living Dreams, by Dancebel) & Fassnacht (Johannesburg-Fee Fi Foe, by Unbridled). Azul Leon is one of 2 stakes winners among Lion Heart's 9 individual winners from his debut US crop. Lion Heart's 1st Australian crop (rising 2YOs) sold at yearling sales this year for up to A$230,000, with 3 individuals bringing A$200,000 or more. Among his keenest supporters was bloodstock agent Colm Santry who purchased 3 colts.

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