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1st Stakes-Winner For US Freshman Shakespeare
US multiple Gr1-winning millionaire 10-year-old freshman stallion Shakespeare (Theatrical-Lady Shirl, by That's A Nice) recorded his 1st stakes-winner when juvenile colt Shkspeare Shaliyah (Shakespeare-Tricky Mistress, by Clever Trick) scored a 1-length victory in the US$100,000 Gr3 Pilgrim Stakes (8.5 furlongs on turf) for 2YOs at Belmont Park. Shkspeare Shaliyah (ridden by Alex Solis for trainer Doodnauth Shivmangal) defeated fellow colts Kitten's Kid (Kitten's Joy-Madame Du Lac, by Lemon Drop Kid) & Fantastic Song (Lemon Drop Kid-Fantastic Shirl, by Fantastic Light). Shkspeare Shaliyah (a US$21,000 2YO at this year’s Ocala Breeders June Sale) now has 2 wins & a placing from 3 starts for US$96,700 earnings. His sire Shakespeare stands for US$10,000 at Signature Stallions in Florida (after standing his initial 2 seasons at Hill n Dale Farms in Kentucky). On the track, Shakespeare (whose dam Lady Shirl was also a Gr1-winner & course-record-setter) began his career with 5 straight wins (including the 2005 Gr1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational Stakes at Belmont Park & Gr2 Belmont Breeders' Cup Handicap) before running 12th in the 2005 Gr1 Breeders' Cup Turf in his lone defeat. He retired with 7 wins (also including 2007's Canadian Gr1 Woodbine Mile Stakes) from 8 starts for US$1,293,780 earnings.