Father Patrick fillies dominate PASS 2YO divisions

3 July 2019

Father Patrick’s second crop of two-year-old trotters have hit the ground running in North America, just like his first did, with his daughters winning three of the five Meadow Gladys Pennsylvania Sire Stakes divisions for two-year-old trotting fillies at The Meadows today.

The royally bred Sherry Lyns Lady impressed in the first, with the Jim Campbell protégé recording an easy one and three-quarter lengths victory in the fastest of the day’s divisions, stopping the timer at 1:56 for the mile.

A $220,000 Lexington Selected purchase last year, Sherry Lyns Lady is out of a Muscle Hill half-sister to Dan Patch Horse of the Year and champion sire Donato Hanover.

The second of the divisions was taken out by the Ron Burke debutant Sister Sledge, who led for the majority of the race and won by two lengths in 1:56.4.

Sold for a more modest $35,000 at the 2018 Harrisburg Sale, Sister Sledge is out of the $500,000 plus earning Andover Hall mare Behindclosedoors.

The last of Father Patrick’s winning trio was the Per Engblom trained Shishito, an all the way winner of the fourth division in 1:57.4.

Purchased for $50,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale, Shishito is the second foal of the Muscles Yankee mare Yoga, a close relative of the former Breeders Crown winner Strong Yankee.

Father Patrick also sired the runner-up in one of the remaining divisions, Harness Am, and the favourite, Impressive Kemp, whom unfortunately broke when challenging for the lead, in the other.

The second season stallion is currently the leading US sire of two-year-old trotters.