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Multiple Gr2 Winner Dominus Sires First Winner From First Starter
Spendthrift Farm freshman sire Dominus, the multiple Grade 2-winning son of Smart Strike, sired his first winner from his first starter on Wednesday when 2YO filly P Boo was an impressive 4.15-length wire-to-wire winner in a $28,000 Maiden Special Weight race at Evangeline Downs. Owned and trained by Jerry Delhomme, the gray filly broke alertly and contested the early pace into the turn of the 4.5-furlong race. Under jockey Hector Santiago, P Boo shook clear from her rivals on the turn, opening up a decisive lead as the field moved into the stretch. Her lead widened to the wire, stopping the clock in 53.24 seconds over a fast local main track. Bred in Louisiana by Spendthrift Farm, P Boo is out of the multiple stakes-placed Freud mare Paraiba. On the track, Dominus impressively broke his maiden on dirt at Santa Anita in his 3YO debut, and was runner-up in the Gr3 Derby Trial Stakes at Churchill Downs in just his third start. In his next start, he scored a decisive victory in the Gr2 Dwyer Stakes at Belmont. At 4, he won his seasonal debut by 4.25-lengths on dirt at Saratoga, before capturing the Gr2 Bernard Baruch Handicap at Saratoga over Grade 1 winner Data Link in his first start on turf. Campaigned by owners George Bolton, Stonestreet Stables & Spendthrift Farm, Dominus retired to stud with earnings of US$444,717. Bred by Edward P. Evans, he hails from the multiple stakes-winning Lord At War (Arg) mare Cuando. Dominus currently stands at Spendthrift for a fee of US$3,500 stands and nurses, and is participating in Spendthrift's popular "Breed Secure" program in 2016.