Eunice Boko (2f Cantab Hall-ENS Tag Session-Tagliabue) won today's Breeders Crown event for two year-old fillies at Aby SWE. Jorma Kontio drove the winner for owner Boko Stable Holland to the 1.14.1kr win over 1640 meters autostart. The winner earned 175,000SEK and it was her second victory in three starts with the other appearance producing a second place finish. Side By Side (2f Jacose-Mixed Doubles-From Above) was second for Tommy Karlstedt and Without Hesitation (2f Super Arnie-Music Fiveone-Meadow Road) was across the line third for Kenneth Haugstad.
The secondary feature was the Euro Classic Next Year for three year-olds going 2140 meters autostart, with 40,000SEK to the winner. Jerry Riordan trained Raise Wise As (3m Donato Hanover-Garden Variety-Tagliabue) took the victory in 1.15kr for Kenneth Haugstad over Darling Boko (3f Chocolatier-Favor Baby-Tagliabue) with Johnny Takter aboard. Rive Gauche (3f
Infinitif-Triller Oaks-Speedy Crown) was third for Erwin Bott, trainer/driver for owner J-P Dubois' Dream With Me Europe AB.
Tagliabue had a superb day as broodmare sire. The Fashion Farms stallion, who was first bred in 1997, sired the dams of Eunice Boko, Raise Wise As and Darling Boko. ENS Tag Session has been a terrific producer, she being dam f Triumphant Caviar (4, 1:51.4s and $796,794), Prayer Session (3, 1:53.2 with $541,742 earned), Theatrical Session (3, 1:55.3f, 119,623) and Tactical Caviar (5, 1:53,3s, $88,265).
Another foal was acquired as a yearling by Russian interests and became the first trotter to win under 2:00 at Moscow's Hippodrome. Garden Variety, herself with a record of 3, 1:57 and $73,840, is a 100% European producer including In Wise As (1:56,2, $296,782),
Mind Wise As (1:58.3, $106,119) and the aforementioned Raise Wise As that may be the best of this group. Favor Baby 2, 1:59.4 shows Darling Boko (1:59.3, $22,825) as her first foal of racing age with 2011 and 2012 foals to follow, both colts, by Chocolatier and Yankee Glide. Tagliabue has certainly been a
touchdown scorer as broodmare sire and we expect more to follow.
Thomas H. Hicks