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Brahms Adds US Gr3

Tuesday, 6th April 2010
Gr1-winning former Vinery Stud shuttler Brahms (Danzig-Queens, by Mr Prospector) added a US graded-stakes success when favoured 7YO gelding Arson Squad (Brahms-Majestic Fire, by Green Dancer) scored a 3.75-lengths victory in the US$120,000 Gr3 Skip Away Handicap (9.5 furlongs) for 4YOs & up at Gulfstream Park in Miami. Arson Squad (ridden by Paco Lopez for trainer Richard Dutrow) defeated 4YO entire Wingedlie (Winged Foot Willie-Outrageous Lie, by Valley Crossing) & 6YO entire Helsinki (Distorted Humor-Well Dressed, by Notebook). Arson Squad (a US$20,000 weanling at the 2003 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November sale & later a US$100,000 yearling at the 2004 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July Sale) took his record to 7 wins (also including 2008's Gr2 Meadowlands Cup Handicap over 9 furlongs at Meadowlands & 2007's Gr2 Strub Stakes over 9 furlongs at Santa Anita, plus 2006's Gr2 Swaps Breeders' Cup Stakes over 9 furlongs at Hollywood Park & Listed San Pedro Stakes over 6.5 furlongs at Santa Anita) & 5 placings (including last start's Listed Challenger Stakes over 8.5 furlongs at Tampa Bay Downs on March 6, plus 2006's Gr2 Lazaro Barrera Memorial Stakes over 7 furlongs at Hollywood Park & Gr3 Affirmed Handicap over 8.5 furlongs at Hollywood Park) from 25 starts for US$1,007,188 earnings.
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