Former harness racing star Auckland Reactor is handing out the proverbial ‘cigar’ after becoming a father.
The champion pacer’s first child, a masculine child, was born in New Zealand yesterday, with Australian-based owner-breeder Harvey Kaplan “thrilled with the new arrival”.
Auckland Reactor needs no introduction as a multiple Group One winner for outstanding Kiwi trainer Mark Purdon.
A bold striding son of Mach Three, Auckland Reactor was an instant sensation after making a winning debut at Timaru in September 2007.
The colt then completed 17 consecutive victories, including three Group Ones and four Group Twos, before suffering his first defeat when second in the Four-Year-Old Futurity.
Auckland Reactor bounced back to win his next three outings, including the Group One Auckland Cup.
Making a smooth transition to the top echelon, Auckland Reactor won an addition three Group Ones before being retired to stud with an impressive record of 32 wins and three placings from 53 starts for earnings of $ $1,837,043.
Just as he was on the racetrack, Auckland Reactor became an immediate sensation in the breeding barn where he served just under 400 mares, including 186 in Australia for Alabar Bloodstock.
As for his son, from unraced mare Jet Spirit, Kaplan is hopeful the day-old youngster can eventually match his famous dad’s feats on the track.
“I’m stoked to have a colt by Auckland Reactor,” Kaplan said. “Jet Spirit was the first mare served, and as it turns out, she was the first to foal.
“Auckland Reactor was a super, super racehorse and I’ll be thrilled if this young bloke can be anywhere near as good as his old man.
“I’m always keen to support colonial stallions which fit the bill and Auckland Reactor ticked all the boxes as he had speed, stamina, a great record and bloodlines.
“I will be sending another mare or two back to him.”
As for the new arrival’s name, Kaplan is calling upon readers for suggestions…of course, Paul would be a great start!
“If anyone reading this has any ideas, I’m open to suggestions,” Kaplan said. “Please send in your comment and I’ll certainly give them some serious thought.”