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G1 Winner Dublin Sires Winner From First Starter
Spendthrift Farm freshman sire Dublin, the Gr1-winning juvenile by Afleet Alex, sired his first winner from his first starter when 2YO colt Dr Blarney turned in an impressive 3.5-length debut win at Monmouth Park on Sunday. Trained by Thomas S. McCooey, Jr for owner Alfred DiRico, the chestnut colt was sharp in the stretch of the five-furlong heat, widening his margin to win going away in 58.82 seconds on a fast track. Dr Blarney was bred in Massachusetts by Joseph DiRico, and hails from the Capote mare Dr. Capote, a half-sister to multiple stakes winners Dr Disco and Dance Gal Dance. On the track, Dublin scored his biggest win in the Gr1 Hopeful Stakes as a 2YO just a month after impressively breaking his maiden in 1:09 2/5 at Saratoga. His Hopeful time of 1:23 2/5 was faster than that of his champion sire Afleet Alex, who also captured the Hopeful five years prior. At three, Dublin placed in all three major Kentucky Derby preps at Oaklawn Park, including the Gr1 Arkansas Derby, and retired with earnings of US$438,949. Dublin hails from the Storm Bird mare Classy Mirage, a Gr1 winner and five-time graded winner in New York. Dublin recently completed the 2015 breeding season as a Spendthrift stallion at Keane Stud in Amenia, NY where he stood for a 2015 fee of $6,500 stands and nurses, and was a participant in Spendthrift's Share The Upside and Breed Secure programs.