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NZ Mare Black Mamba Wins Another US Stakes
In the US, former NZ Windsor Park shuttler Black Minnaloushe (Storm Cat-Coral Dance, by Green Dancer) added a US black-type success when his Gr1-winning & multiple Gr1-placed NZ-bred 6YO mare Black Mamba (Black Minnaloushe-Sneetch, by Grosvenor) scored a 1.5-lengths victory in the US$125,000 Listed Dowager Stakes (12 furlongs on turf) for fillies & mares at Keeneland in Kentucky. Top-weighted Black Mamba (ridden by Robby Albarado for trainer John Sadler) defeated 5YO mare Winter View (Thunder Gulch-No Matter What, by Nureyev) & 4YO mare Ballynoe (Distorted Humor-Dynasharp, by Dynaformer). Black Mamba (bred in NZ by Hawkes Bay businessman Sam Kelt's Keltern Stud & a NZ$120,000 yearling consigned by Trelawney Stud at the 2005 NZB Premier Sale at Karaka) last raced in NZ when 5th in the Gr1 New Zealand Oaks over 2400m in March 2007. Overall Black Mamba (who is catalogued for auction at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale) took her record to 7 wins (also including June's Gr2 Beverly Hills Handicap over 10 furlongs at Hollywood Park, plus 2008's Gr1 John Mabee Handicap over 9 furlongs at Del Mar & Gr2 Beverly Hills Handicap over 10 furlongs at Hollywood Park) & 11 placings (including last start's Gr1 Yellow Ribbon Stakes over 9 furlongs at Santa Anita on October 10, plus May's Gr1 Gamely Stakes over 9 furlongs at Hollywood Park & April's Gr2 Santa Barbara Handicap over 10 furlongs at Santa Anita, as well as 2008's Gr1 Yellow Ribbon Stakes over 10 furlongs at Santa Anita, Gr2 Buena Vista Handicap over 8 furlongs at Santa Anita, Gr2 Santa Barbara Handicap over 10 furlongs at Santa Anita & Listed American Beauty Handicap over 8 furlongs at Santa Anita, in addition to 2007's Gr1 Yellow Ribbon Stakes over 10 furlongs at Santa Anita, Gr2 Palomar Breeders' Cup Handicap over 8.5 furlongs at Del Mar, Gr2 Las Palmas Handicap over 8 furlongs at Santa Anita & Gr2 Dahlia Handicap over 8.5 furlongs at Hollywood Park) from 30 starts for US$980,763 earnings.