Art Major's best son, Art Official had his first winner in Australia last week when the smart colt Bevendale Boy won the two year old race at the harness racing meeting at Bathurst on July 9th.
One of an initial crop of just 10 in Australia, Bevendale Boy was having his eleventh lifetime start last Wednesday and while it was his first win he had run 6 placings prior to the win which took his overall purse earnings to $19,560.
Bevendale Boy was good enough to make the final of the $322,000 Australian Gold and looks an immature type who should develop into a lovely three year old.
Bevendale Boy is from the Fake Left mare Gossamer Girl who is already the dam of the talented Four Grinners 1:56.6 ($73,270).
Gossamer Girl is a full sister to Colorado Code 1:54.4 ($191,017) and is closely related to such smart horses as Good Looking Girl 1:53.7 ($361,445) Guitarzan 1:56.9 ($216,956) and Forever After 1:56.2 ($172,808).
Bevendale Boy winning at Bathurst
Art Official continues to do a good job with his first crop in North America (now 3 year olds) in 2014.
Standing in Pennsylvania Art Official’s progeny had to compete in the rich PA Sire Stakes Series against the likes of Somebeachsomewhere and Well Said and those two stallions were bred to the best mares in history, so Art Official's early results are very encouraging.
His flag bearer is the very smart colt, Lets Drink On It 1:48.3 ($272,232) who looks to be getting better with every run this season in the same way his sire Art Official did in his 3 year old year.
The other night at the Meadowlands he dropped back to last from barrier nine before storming home late to win in 1:49, the last quarter in a blistering 25.2.
Lets Drink On It
Two smart fillies in Sister Stroll 1:54.1 ($120,696) and Cinamony 1:50.3 ($117,082) have been going great guns as well in the last few weeks.
While the first crop of Art Official in Australia numbers only ten, (and that makes it very hard to get a line on a stallion) his second crop to race next season number 66 and that will give us a much better idea of how he is performing as a sire in Australia.