OHIO STALLION TWINSPIRED GETS FIRST WINNER IN SMASHING STYLE
Grade 1-placed stakes winner and freshman sire Twinspired got his first winner Sept. 21 when his daughter Pure Justice broke her maiden by 15 3/4 lengths at Belterra Park. It was a “Poplar Creek Exacta” as first-time starter Birdacious, a daughter of Poplar Creek stallion Birdrun rallied for the second spot.
Pure Justice was making her third start. She faced open company in her debut and led into the lane, eventually finishing fourth. In her second outing she was clearly second best vs. Ohio-breds. Her maiden victory came in a $22,300 event at Belterra Park going 6 furlongs. Under Edgar Paucar, she extended her lead at every call and was not asked for effort during the final stages as she drew away.
Owner/trainer R. Gary Patrick acquired Pure Justice for $5,500 out of Justice Farm’s consignment at the 2016 Indiana Thoroughbred Owner and Breeder Association fall mixed sale. Greg Justice’s Justice Farm bred the gray/roan filly Pure Justice in Ohio out of the Is It True mare Corner Girl, a half sister to black-type stakes winners Kathleen L and Timeaday. Pure Justice is Corner Girl’s second foal, but first to race.
Twinspired was bred in Kentucky by John Jain, Lawrence Opas, and Frank Sinatra. He sold for $55,000 as a yearling at the Keeneland September sale to Eisaman Equine, which pinhooked him for $140,000 to trainer Mike Maker at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale. Maker trained Twinspired for Alpha Stables, Skychai Racing, and Sand Dollar Stable.
He was on 2011 the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) trail after he finished third in the Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes (G3) and second in Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (G1). He finished 17th in the Derby field and retired with a 3-6-3 record from 26 starts and earned $353,518.
The striking gray stallion has a career where he performs double duty. Upon the end of the breeding season, the well-mannered stallion serves as the Resident Horse at the Kentucky Derby Museum under the Twin Spires at Churchill Downs where he meets and greets visitors taking tours of the iconic racetrack.
The son of Harlan’s Holiday stands at Poplar Creek Horse Center near Bethel, Ohio, for $2,000.