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First Stakes Winner for Hiclass La Jolla

Hiclass Vodka wins same race as his sire did six years ago.

August 5, 2012

Hiclass La Jolla

Hiclass La Jolla * Don Shugart Photo

Restricted Grade 1 winner Hiclass La Jolla got his first stakes winner Saturday when Hiclass Vodka won the $311,349 Speedhorse Gold and Silver Cup Futurity (G2) at Fair Meadows in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Ironically, Hiclass La Jolla won the same race in 2006 for owners Robert and Karen Nunnally when it was a Restricted Grade 1 event.

Hiclass Vodka raced wire-to-wire Saturday night to pickup the $118,313 winner's purse for owner Jesus Rodriguez-Najera. Clint Crawford trains the bay colt from the Stoli mare Newport Lily. Ed Peters bred him in Texas.

From a limited number of 35 starters in his first two crops to race, Hiclass La Jolla has sired 13 winners, one stakes winner and two stakes-placed earners of $450,000. He has average earnings per starter of more than $12,800. Among his get are the aforementioned Hiclass Vodka SI 103 ($160,552 at 2, 2012), TQHA Sale Futurity(RG2) runner-up Hiclass Heat SI 97 ($104,797 to 3, 2012), Sam Houston Futurity (G1)-placed Hiclass Buck SI 95 ($55,447 at 2, 2012) and multiple stakes finalist Hiclass Gas SI 99 ($49,157 to 3, 2012).

Hiclass La Jolla won or placed in 14 of 16 starts to 3, earning $349,118. Named the Texas Hi-Point 3-Year-Old Colt, he won the Speedhorse Gold & Silver Cup Futurity (RG1), All American Juvenile Invitational (R) and Heritage Place Juvenile Invitational (R). He was third in the All American Derby (G1), Texas Classic Derby (G1) and Retama Park Derby (G2). John Buchanan trained the 8-year-old son of American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame sire Streakin La Jolla.

Out of the RG3-placed Royal Quick Dash mare Hiclass Cloned, Hiclass La Jolla is full brother to stakes-placed and G1 finalist Hi On The List ($64,545) and G1 finalist Cloned With Class ($34,171). The second dam is Heritage Place Futurity (RG2) winner Hiclass Girl, by Zevi (TB), winner of $402,220 and the dam of Heritage Place Futurity (G1) winner A Chick Of Class ($161,834).

Hiclass La Jolla stands at Granada Farms near Wheelock, Texas. For additional information or breeding contracts contact Jimmy Eller, Farm Manager, at 979-828-5167.