Drakenstein Stud’s champion sire Trippi continues to make his presence felt as a broodmare sire in North America, and Trippi was at it again this weekend, when his maternal grandson Liam’s Map supplied the winner of Saturday’s G1 Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational Stakes at Gulfstream Park.
Liam’s Map’s first crop son Colonel Liam became his sire’s third individual G1 winner when he defeated stable mate Largent to score by a neck.
Though he lacked any graded stakes experience heading into the Pegasus World Cup Turf, the betting public accurately pegged Colonel Liam as the 5-2 favorite. After sitting in midpack for the first mile under jockey Irad Ortiz Jr., as 2019 juvenile champion Storm the Court set the pace with fractions of :48.69 and 1:12.85, Colonel Liam justified his backing with his late kick. Angled out into the center of the course, he outkicked the inside-rallying Largent, winner of last month’s Ft. Lauderdale Stakes (G2T) at Gulfstream.
Colonel Liam, winner of the 2020 Tropical Park Derby, first hit the headlines in April 2019 when he lit up the ring at Ocala Breeders’ Sales, bought for $1.2 million during the OBS Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training. Saturday’s big race win took the four-year-old colt’s tally of wins to four, from just six starts, and he looks on track for a big year in 2021.
His sire Liam’s Map won both the G1 Woodward Stakes and G1 Las Vegas Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile of 2015, and retired to stud having won six of just eight starts.
Standing at Lane’s End, Liam’s Map (whose dam is Trippi’s G3 Winning Colors Stakes winning daughter Miss Macy Sue), has now supplied 13 black type horses, with his previous G1 winners being Basin and Wicked Whisper.
His broodmare sire Trippi, whose daughter Spring Break scored at Turffontein on Saturday, has had a magnificent season in 2020-2021, with Trippi’s flagbearers headed by G1 L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate winner Jet Dark.
Original article written by Cape Breeders Club