Paulassilverlining purchase pays off for Juddmonte
Madison Stakes winner is set for a future mating with Arrogate
Juddmonte evidently made an incredibly shrewd move in purchasing the high-class North American dirt mare Paulassilverlining last month as she notched her first Grade 1 victory in the Madison Stakes at Keeneland on Saturday.
The five-year-old daughter of Ghostzapper was bought privately to race in Khalid Abdullah's silks and to be bred to the owner's brilliant colt Arrogate in the future.
“She's the type of mare that you hope could be a really nice addition to the broodmare band but most especially a good mate for Arrogate,” Juddmonte's US racing and farm manager in the US told the Daily Racing Form at the time of the deal.
“You'd be salivating at the thought of what a foal by him out of her could accomplish.”
Juddmonte moved Paulassilverlining from Michelle Nevin to Chad Brown and she was making her debut for her new trainer in the Madison Stakes for fillies and mares over 7f on Saturday.
Already a multiple Graded winner and third in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint last year, she enhanced her appeal even further by digging deep to defeat the Bellamy Road filly Constellation by a neck on the line.
Brown said after the race: “I have to give credit to Michelle Nevin. I only got her a month ago and she did most of the work to get this horse ready, so I’ll share the win with her. She did a terrific job.
“A lot of credit goes to Garrett O’Rourke, who made the deal to buy her. I was lucky enough Prince Khalid wanted me to train her.
“I’m in a real fortunate spot today. We’ll probably to Churchill for the Humana Distaff [in May]. I think we had thought about that even before this race. I’ll speak to Garrett and she how she comes out of this race. We’re happy to have her.”
Paulassilverlining has a strong pedigree that will have also enticed Juddmonte to snap her up for its broodmare band.
She was bred by former owner Vince Scuderi out of the winning Grindstone mare Seeking The Silver, making her a half-sister to Dads Caps, a dual winner of the Grade 1 Carter Handicap at Aqueduct and a close third in his bid to bring up the hat-trick in the race last year.
Her mate-to-be Arrogate, winner of the Travers Stakes, Breeders' Cup Classic and Pegasus World Cup, confirmed his brilliance with a jaw-dropping last-to-first victory in the Dubai World Cup last month.