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BRILLIANCE AND BLOODLINES
That something was Peteski, who simply stated, began the season a
maiden and ended it a champion. In his only start at two, the son
of Nureyev and Vive had flashed early speed, enough to give those
who were paying attention a quick glimpse of what might lie ahead.
Attfield duly noted the promise, viewing his young charge as one for
the future, although perhaps a bit over-eager. Time and an award winning
trainer's patience and skill changed that, and by mid-1993 no superlative
seemed quite enough to describe what Peteski had become.
The colt's bloodlines gave him a license to be anything. He was by
an American Triple Crown winner and two-time Horse of the Year, out
of a stakes winning Nureyev mare. The chestnut- coated Peteski bore
a striking resemblance to his sire-like Affirmed, he was slender of
build, graceful of action, and as Attfield calmed the fiery enthusiasm
of youth, he began to deport himself with Affirmed's dignity and professionalism.
After scattering rivals in an April 25 maiden race at Woodbine and
winning by ten widening lengths, the trim red racing machine seemed
to have potentially more in common with his famous sire than looks
and attitude. And so it turned out to be.
"Peteski is, by far, the most talented and versatile horse I have
At that time, New York State Racing Commission Chairman of the Board,
Earle Mack heard tell of a promising colt in Canada. Mack, who had
bred, owned and raced many a good one in his own right over 30 years
in the business, was naturally intrigued. He conducted a little background
research on the colt named Peteski, liked what he found, and a deal
Peteski emerged under Mack's burgundy and yellow Rising Son silks
for the first time in a May 9 Woodbine allowance carded at a mile
and one-sixteenth, winning this time by 7 lengths. Following a four-length
allowance triumph on June 2-it was clear that Mack had acquired a
live prospect for the classic Queen's Plate-G1C, Canada's premiere
racing event for 134 years and the first leg of the coveted Canadian
"This horse just keeps getting better and better..."
is, by far, the most talented and versatile horse I have ever owned..."
horse just keeps getting better and better..."