Acapulco, In Foal To Galileo, Scores In First Start For Aidan O’Brien

by | 05.14.2017 | 2:08pm
Acapulco wins the listed Unbridled Sidney at Churchill in 2016

A star 2-year-old when trained by Wesley Ward, Acapulco has returned with a vengeance in her 4-year-old season under the care of trainer Aidan O'Brien, according to The Coolmore-owned daughter of Scat Daddy captured her 2017 debut on Sunday, the Listed Sole Power Sprint Stakes at the Curragh. In foal to super-sire Galileo, Acapulco bested her rivals by a half-length while wearing a hood for the first time.

“We've been trying to get her to relax at home and that's why she had a hood on today,” said winning rider Donnacha O'Brien, son of the trainer. “She raced a bit lazily and I'd imagine the hood will be left off next time. It was a lovely start for her.”

Acapulco is being aimed at the King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot.

A $180,000 yearling at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall sale, the Kentucky-foaled filly was bred by Dr. Charles Giles. Pinhooked through the OBS March 2-year-old sale, she brought $750,000 from M.V. Magnier, Derrick Smith and Michael Tabor.

Acapulco ran third in her first start at Churchill Downs on the dirt, then Ward sent her to the Royal Ascot meeting where she rewarded her connections with a victory in the Group 2 Queen Mary Stakes. Two months later, the filly ran second in the G1 Nunthorpe Stakes. Raced exclusively in the United States in 2016, Acapulco won an allowance and listed stake in Kentucky, then ran off the board in a graded stake at Santa Anita. Sunday's victory brings her career record to four wins from seven starts, with earnings of over $280,000.


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