Capitalist | Horse Of The Month September 2016
Capitalist - Horse Of The Month
Our horse of the month for September is truly a horse of the month from the perspective that it seems as though he only raced for a month, although we are taking slight liberties with the actual facts.
That is because we have chosen Capitalist, the three-year-old wonder colt with more owners than races, was retired in October. The Peter and Paul Snowden trained chestnut colt was considered too valuable to risk after receiving a Not To Race embargo from a veterinarian. He suffered a fetlock injury whilst doing track work at Flemington.
Due to the prolonged recovery time required by such an injury, the decision to retire him and collect stud fees for well into the foreseeable future, as opposed to rehabilitating his injury and possible risking his destruction, was one of simplicity and logic. He will be standing at Newgate Stud.
He was the obvious choice as Australian Racehorse of the year in the two-year-old division.
He was a sprinter par-excellence, winning his debut at Randwick in October of 2015, when he teamed with Blake Shinn for the first time to win the Listed Breeders’ Plate at 1000 metres.
In December, he won the Magic Millions Classic at Wyong, followed by a win in the Magic Millions Classic, the race that more or less sets the expectations for promise amongst the two-year-olds. That win earned him over $1.2 million. Both times, he was piloted by Shinn.
In March of 2016, he ran second in the Group 2 Todman Stakes at Randwick, where Kiss And Make Up was the only one to best him. Fourteen days later, he served notice to the racing world by winning the Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes at Rosehill, where he added over $2 million to his tote, beating Yankee Rose and Flying Artie.
Two barrier trials followed, both wins, with a switch in riders from Shinn to Kerrin McEvoy, but Shinn was back in the saddle for a fourth place finish at Rosehill in the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes.
Capitalist came out only twice more, for a barrier trial in September of 2016 and the 1200 metre Group 3 Roman Consul Stakes, both at Randwick. He finished third in his last race on October 1, behind Russian Revolution and Astern.
A promising career cut short, but that is and has been the fate of many thoroughbreds and we feel that the $3.5 million he made in seven races, which works out to an average of almost $464,000 per race, qualifies him to be our September Horse of the Month.
Capitalist’s pedigree, combined with his youth would seem to indicate that he will in all probability contribute more to racing via his genes than through his abbreviated racing. His sire was Written Tycoon, currently standing at Woodside Park in Victoria. His dam was Party Miss, with Vain as her grandsire, himself a former STC Golden Slipper winner. Capitalist also has multiple connections to Danzig and Northern Dancer, representing the North American influence in his lines.