Father Patrick fillies star in International Stallion Stake divisions

7 October 2018 | Written by Nikki Reed

Fillies by Father Patrick won two of the five International Stallion Stake divisions for 2-year-old trotting fillies at The Red Mile on October 5, with Special Honor and Whispering Oaks both victorious.

In winning the second of the $65,000 divisions, the Julie Miller trained Special Honor rolled off the leader's back with 600m to go, easily getting the upper hand rounding the home turn, and then held off the fast finishing Fade Into You to win by a neck in a career best 1:54.4. (Watch replay)

Special Honor is the winner of three races and $149,324 in stakes to date.

Bred by Brittany Farms, she is out of a Donato Hanover daughter of the 2008 US 2YO Trotting Filly of the Year Honorable Daughter.

The early leader in her race, Whispering Oaks began well off the gate before being shuffled back to third at the half-way point. Boxed in,  in the back straight, the Kentucky and New Jersey Sire Stakes champion had to wait until the home straight before dashing up the inside to score by a length in 1:54.6. (Watch replay)

The Jimmy Takter trained filly has now won four races and $264,844 in prize-money.

A $100,000 Lexington Selected purchase last year, Whispering Oaks (pictured) is out of the multiple race winning Muscles Yankee mare Vintage Oaks, whom is a half sibling to three $250,000 plus performers.

A full brother to Whispering Oaks, Carve The Sky, sold at last week's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale for $140,000.

Father Patrick enjoyed a hugely successful Lexington sale with 19 of his yearlings selling for $100,000 or more, and his 48 lots averaging $87,208 overall - second only to Muscle Hill for the trotting stallions with two or more entries.

On the back of both terrific recent race and sales results, Father Patrick's book is now full and closed in Australia and also close to being full in New Zealand.