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1st Stakes-Winner For US Freshman Magna Graduate
US Gr2-winning & dual Gr1-placed 10-year-old freshman stallion Magna Graduate (Honor Grades-Peacock Alley, by Fast Play) recorded his 1st stakes-winner when unbeaten juvenile daughter Blueeyesintherain (Magna Graduate-Tartufi, by Mr Greeley) scored a 2.5-lengths victory in the US$112,000 Gr3 Debutante Stakes (6 furlongs) for 2YO fillies at Churchill Downs in Kentucky. Favourite Blueeyesintherain (ridden by Leandro Goncalves for trainer Garry Simms) defeated Quiet Success (Successful Appeal-Silenzia, by Quiet American) & Shesakitty (Tapit-Call The Kitty, by Langfuhr). Blueeyesintherain (originally a US$15,000 weanling at the 2010 Keeneland November Sale & subsequently a US$10,000 yearling at the 2011 Keeneland September Sale) took her record to 2 wins from 2 starts for US$100,466 earnings. Her sire Magna Graduate stands for US$5,000 at Darby Dan Farm in Kentucky. On the track, Magna Graduate notched 10 wins (including the Gr2 Clark Handicap, Gr3 Discovery Handicap, Gr3 Pegasus Stakes, Gr3 Queens County Handicap, Gr3 Excelsior Breeders' Cup Handicap, Gr3 Razorback Handicap, Gr3 Ack Ack Handicap & Listed John Battaglia Memorial Stakes) & 12 placings (including the Gr1 Dubai World Cup, Gr1 Stephen Foster Handicap, Gr2 Ohio Derby, Gr2 Illinois Derby, Gr2 Meadowlands Cup Handicap, Gr2 Hawthorne Gold Cup Handicap, Gr3 Kentucky Cup Juvenile Stakes, Gr3 West Virginia Derby, Gr3 Mineshaft Handicap, Listed Aventura Stakes & Listed Duke Of Magenta Stakes) from 35 starts for US$2,582,816 earnings.