Trainer Bobby Frankel unveiled what may have been the best first-time starter I've ever seen in Les Grands Trois - The Big Three. The 2-year-old son of Officer cost $220,000 and just toyed with his opposition, scoring by nine under a hand ride from Prado while racing wide throughout. Being by the sire Officer, you wonder how far he will go, but as for talent, he has plenty. Look for him to steal the show at the upcoming Saratoga meeting.Wow, pretty high praise. And another winner for Officer, the early pace-setter on the freshman sire list. He now has ten winners from 20 runners from, according to Bloodhorse’s sire list, 68 in the crop. That means that almost 15% of his first crop has already visited the winner’s circle.
Les Grands Trois is a half-brother to Wannawinemall, second in last year’s El Camino Real Derby. His second dam is the multiple graded winner Lemhi Go. He completed the six furlongs in 1:10.39; the chart commented that he scampered away when shown the whip and widened under a hand ride. And it was the third winner in the last two days for trainer Frankel.
Not surprisingly, Officer fared well at the Fasig-Tipton yearling sale this week, selling six out of seven entered for an average of $117,500. (He stands for $15,000 at Gainesway.)
Also having a good week in New York is the sire Freud, who has scored three winners thus far. John Ward scored with one of them in Thursday’s opener. Lovely Dream, who scored by 16 lengths graduating last month, was sent off at a microscopic .25-to-1, and scored by a front-running 2 ¾ lengths.