Spendthrift Farm's freshman sire Awesome Patriot got his first winner April 19 at Keeneland, where Amberspatriot won a 4 1/2-furlong maiden special weight by a length over males.
The juvenile filly out of the winning Limehouse daughter Starkey was bred in Kentucky by Jim and Pam Robinson's Brandywine Farm andoffered through the 2016 Keeneland September yearling sale where she was bought back for $1,300.
Amberspatriot found her way to the barn of trainer John Hancock and is owned by Donna Hancock and Charles Brown. She has been working steadily since Feb. 5 at Riverside Downs near Henderson, Ky. The filly signaled she would be a contender in the field of eight other colts and geldingswith two works in :47 and change at Keeneland April 8 and April 14.
She went off as the second choice to Vital, the first starter for freshman sire Shanghai Bobby, who is owned by Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, and Stonestreet Stables. Vital was the even-money favorite coming out of the barn of Wesley Ward.
Amberspatriot stalked the early leaders Baytown Lex and Vital through much of the race as the frontrunners took the field through fractions of :23.03 and :46.48. Baytown Lex held the lead until a sixteenth from the wire when Amberspatriot kicked past the gelding to win by a length in a final time of :52.59.
Awesome Patriot is 9-year-old son of Awesome AgainTizamazing, by Cee's Tizzy, who was bred in Kentucky by Richard Santulli's Colt Neck Stables. He sold as a yearling during the 2009 Keeneland September sale for $350,000 to the Lanni Family Trust. Trained by Bob Baffert, Awesome Patriot would only make seven lifetime starts to win the minor Alydar Stakes at Hollywood Park.
Because of his pedigree, B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm acquired Awesome Patriot in the summer of 2013. His dam is a full sister to top sire Tiznow and is also the dam of grade 1 winner and fellow freshman sire Oxbow. Awesome Patriot stands for $2,500 this year.