Mary Lou and Terry Griffin prove you can meet your grandest goals
By Lenny Shulman (Blood-horse.com)
Date published: November 11, 2006
Mary Lou and Terry Griffin have bred a grade 1 winner and sold
a million-dollar horse from their homebase of Griffin Place, located
in the foothilss of Mt. Rainier. Read
the entire story [pdf]...
Expect to see some talented babies
By Jay Privman (drf.com)
Date posted: July 17, 2006
Chancellor, out of Cozzene's
Angel, bred by Griffin Place is suggested to be one of trainer
Gary Mandella's best 2-year-olds. Read
Keagan Out jumps Sky Diving at Turf
Date Posted: 2/11/2006
Keagan, ridden by Scott Stevens, collared the 3-5 choice Sky Diving
near the sixteenth pole and drove to a one-length victory in the
$75,000 Turf Paradise Derby for 3-year-olds Saturday in Phoenix.
Trained by Eric Kruljac, part owner of the Washington-bred son
of Basket Weave along with Gary Olson, Randy Bafus, Gary Stevenson,
Keagan went off at odds of 10-1. The bay colt, a $26,000 yearling
purchase who is not nominated for the Triple Crown, won in a time
of 1:43 4/5 for the 1 1/16-mile distance.
The race was expected to be a prep on the Triple Crown trail
for Sky Diving, a $310,000 son of Aptitude owned by B. Wayne Hughes.
Bob Baffert trains the dark bay colt who broke his maiden by 14
lengths at Bay Meadows Jan. 25.
In his first start against winners, Sky Diving forced the pace
for jockey Tony Farina, who rode the colt for the first time,
before opening up a clear advantage on the final turn. But Keagan
wound up his run while wide on the turn and soon headed the favorite.
The two battled through the stretch before Keagan drew away late.
It was 7 1/2 lengths back to the third-place finisher, 49-1 shot
Keagan, was coming off a fifth-place finish in Turf Paradise's
Rattlesnake Jan. 22, his first attempt at a route of ground after
seven sprint races. Keagan won the 6 1/2-furlong Arizona Juvenile
Dec. 26. Overall, he owns a 3-2-2 record in nine starts with earnings
The winner, bred by Mr. and Mrs. William T. Griffin,
paid $23, $6.20 and $4.40. Sky Diving returned $3 and $2.80. Soft
Seventeen was $6.40 to show.
Achilles of Troy easy Whirlaway winner, Keagan takes Turf
Date Posted: 2/11/2006
Paraneck Stable's Achilles of Troy kept himself solidly on the
Triple Crown trail Saturday as he easily disposed of six competitors
in the $70,915 Whirlaway Stakes at Aqueduct.
The three-year-old son of Notebook tracked the early lead of One
Way Flight in the 1 1/16-mile contest through reasonable fractions
of :23.08 and :46.82. Up the backstretch the dueling rivals opened
up a clear lead on the rest of the field, and, as they approached
the final turn, jockey Ramon Dominguez gave Achilles of Troy his
The gray or roan son of Notebook eased past One Way Flight and,
given a couple of reminders from Dominguez, surged into the lead.
Once clear Dominguez looked back, saw he was in complete control,
and wrapped up on the colt in the final hundred yards as they crossed
the wire in 1:43.28, 4 3/4-lengths clear of One Way Flight. It was
another six lengths back to third place finisher Rob'em Blind.
"He's just very deceiving," winning jockey Ramon Dominguez
said. "He just covers a lot of ground with ease. I got to the
three-eighths pole, and I even got a little concerned because he
was so relaxed. I wasn't sure if he was going to fire, but I didn't
want to test him that early. As soon as I got to the top of the
stretch I shook him up and got an immediate response. In the stretch,
once I knew he wasn't going to get beat, I put my hands down and
he eased himself up. He's a real smart horse and he's got a great
Trainer Jennifer Pedersen was not on hand for the victory because
her daughter had a doctor's appointment, leaving owner Ernie Paragallo
to accept congratulations for the win.
"As soon as [Dominguez] chirped him, he just explodes,"
Paragallo said. "As soon as Ramon asked him to ease up, he
eased up. This horse can do anything you want him to do."
Paragallo indicated that the plans are to send the colt to Florida's
Classic Mile Training Center and possibly start him in the Fountain
of Youth Stakes (G2) on March 4 at Gulfstream Park.
Achilles of Troy is out of the Relaunch mare Steamy Recipe.
In the only other Saturday stakes race for three-year-old males,
Keagan, a Washington-bred son of Basket Weave, upset heavily favored
Sky Diving, in the $75,000 Turf Paradise Derby at Turf Paradise.
Sky Diving, who had forced a contested early pace with Rock Creek
Pass and Wait in Line, took over on the far turn of the 1 1/16-mile
contest, and appeared on his way to victory before Keagan came charging
down the lane to post a determined one-length win in 1:43.90 over
the fast track. Second place finisher Sky Diving was 7 1/2-lengths
clear of third place finisher Soft Seventeen.
Of the top three finishers, only Sky Diving is an early nomination
for the Triple Crown.
Keagan, trained and partly owned by J. Eric Kruljac, is the first
stakes winner out of the Huckster mare Atoyac.