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Rein in Avaricity, Target Machine newest juvenile winners

    Rein in Avaricity as a yearling prior to being sold at Keeneland (Michele MacDonald photo)Sprinting to an emphatic 4 ¼-length victory in her career debut over seven furlongs at Woodbine Racetrack on November 20, Runnymede-bred Rein in Avaricity became the eighth juvenile winner for the farm from its stellar foal crop of 2008. Included in that group are Grade 1 winner Jaycito, Irish Group 2 winner and Group 1-placed Laughing Lashes and Grade 3 winner and Grade 1-placed Rogue Romance.

      Rein in Avaricity, a filly by Include out of the Carson City mare Avaricity, had trained forwardly for Michael Pino and owner Daniel Ryan, first at Fair Hill in Maryland and then at Woodbine following a move north in October. She broke alertly in the $62,157 maiden special weight race, cruised to an early lead and then “held sway under a hand ride” from jockey Luis Contreras while increasing her margin to the wire, according to the official Equibase chart.

     Rein in Avaricity earned $33,595 for her performance, which she completed in 1:23.81 on the Polytrack rated fast while defeating ten other fillies. Runnymede bred the promising juvenile in partnership with James E. Clay II and farm General Manager Martin O’Dowd and sold her for $57,000 at the 2009 Keeneland September yearling sale.

     Just a week prior to Rein in Avaricity's romp, Runnymede-bred juvenile Target Machine gunned down 11 rivals in an impressive performance to win a $162,542 maiden special weight event at Tokyo Racecourse in Japan.

       The dark bay colt’s scintillating win in 1:36 for 1,600 meters on firm turf marked him as a two-year-old to watch in upcoming competition, along with his fellow Runnymede-bred Deep Sound, who notched his second consecutive victory on November 6 at Tokyo. Both juvenile colts were bred by Runnymede in partnership with Peter Callahan and both are from the first crop by Japanese Triple Crown winner Deep Impact, who ranks far ahead of other Japanese freshman sires and also holds a commanding lead in the overall juvenile sire standings in that nation.

    Deep Sound, whose latest victory was recorded over 1,800 meters in 1:47.40, stands as Deep Impact’s leading earner from the stallion’s remarkable 30 winners, and the colt out of Runnymede’s Danehill mare Josette is the only one of  Deep Impact’s progeny to have won more than one race to date. Deep Sound has bankrolled $217,769 for owner Yuichi Masuda, who purchased the colt from Runnymede and Callahan for $319,047 as a foal at the 2008 Japan Racing Horse Association select sale.

     Josette is currently in foal to champion and two-time Breeders’ Cup Turf (G1) winner Conduit and she has been returned to Runnymede in Kentucky from her stint in Japan.

     Target Machine was produced by Hunter’s Mark, who is a half sister to top Japanese sire and classic winner King Kamehameha. Runnymede and Callahan sold Target Machine to owner Hiroyuki Sonobe for $392,523 at the 2008 JRHA sale.

    Hunter’s Mark produced a colt by the late Japanese champion sire Agnes Tachyon this year that Runnymede and Callahan plan to offer as a yearling at a Japanese sale in 2011.