Aramis worthy musketeer for Sir Lincoln in the States
Former Kiwi pacer Aramis credited his sire Sir Lincoln with his fastest runner when he paced a mile in 1:53.2 in winning at Yonkers in New York today.
Sold out of the Bunty and Gareth Hughes’ barn in April after winning three of his 11 starts here, Aramis began well from three on the gate, trailing third for the first half, cut out in a slick 56 seconds, before moving out to sit parked.
Driver Jordan Stratton got the best out of the four-year-old in the home stretch, getting up on the post to claim pacemaker Who’s Better by a head, with another ex Kiwi Black Chevron third.
Aramis, now trained by Peter Tritton, is out of the Live Or Die mare Ca Cest Lamore, and claims champion pacer Elsu (27 wins) as well as Copper Beach (9 wins) and Metekhi (10 wins) further back in his pedigree.
He won three of his first five starts in New Zealand when driven by Maurice McKendry and scored a first-up win in the States in 1:55, also on the tight half mile track at Yonkers.
Aramis came from humble beginnings, like a lot of the stock of Sir Lincoln, and actually came free to his NZ owners.
Ca Cest Lamore was bought by Auckland breeder Rod Croon for $7000 at the 2015 Auckland weanling and all aged sale. The mare came with a foal at foot but Croon did not want it and gave the youngster away to Paul Charlton who invited some of his mates to race the horse - named Aramis.
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Sir Lincoln Top 10
Did you know…
1. CUP DAY BIRTH: It was preordained Sir Lincoln would be a headliner when he was born just hours before the 2006 New Zealand Trotting Cup at Addington. Three years later to the day, and almost the hour, he annihilated his rivals on the same course in the Sires’ Stakes Final.
2. AGE NO BARRIER: In his second last race start, at the age of six, Sir Lincoln paced the fastest 1700 metres in New Zealand history, 2:00.5, beating Gold Ace and clocking a mile rate of 1:54 at Alexandra Park. Champion pacer Elsu held the previous record at 2:01.1.
3. ON THREE LEGS: Sir Lincoln ran his last race virtually on three legs, when second to Terror To Love in an Interdominion heat at Auckland. He had to be pulled out of the Melbourne series, and retired, when found to have a subluxated pastern joint - basically his ankle joint was dislocated.
4. SWIFT GOLDEN MILE: Sir Lincoln’s fastest mile was recorded in the 2012 Group III Golden Mile at Menangle in Sydney when he was nosed out by Captain Joy in 1:51.4. He was known by the name Lincoln Royal in Australia.
5. AT THE REINS: One for the trivia fans - how many drivers did Sir Lincoln have in his 57-start career? Maurice McKendry was Linc’s pilot throughout his career but he was MIA four times when the horse was handled by James Stormont, Ken Barron and Blake Fitzpatrick (twice).
6. WINNERS KEEP COMING: In only his third season with runners on the track, Sir Lincoln has already sired the winners of 30 races despite having limited numbers to represent him. Last season in New Zealand alone he had 16 winners from only 39 starters and this term he already has six winners from just 18 starters.
7. SOMEBEACH SOME RAP: Breeding buffs made a beeline for Sir Lincoln after superstar racehorse and stallion Somebeachsomewhere had to be put down with cancer. Sir Lincoln is 7/8th bred on the same cross as Somebeachsomewhere - by Mach Three out of a Beach Towel mare who is in turn out of a Cam Fella mare.
8. DISCOUNT FOR LOYALTY: Broodmare owners are returning to Sir Lincoln in droves. Taken by the attractive foals he is leaving, many book straight back to the Alabar-based sire and take advantage of Lincoln Farms’ loyalty scheme which cuts his service fee in half to just $1250 plus GST.
9. TIME BEST FRIEND: Sir Lincoln’s progeny are mirroring the sire’s own start on the racetrack, benefitting from a little time to mature. The best the horse himself could manage as a two-year-old was one third from four starts but he was a different animal at three, winning four of his first five starts.
10. MEGASTAR’S FREAK DEATH: A freak accident claimed the life of valuable broodmare Lincoln’s Megastar, a full sister to Sir Lincoln. The mare, who opened her career with a nine and a half length walloping at Auckland, was retired after six wins, but left only one foal. She was killed when crushed by a fallen tree in a violent storm. Woodlands Stud has another full sister in two-year-old Moonlighting who is in training with Ray Green.