The only son of Dubai Millennium standing in North America!
Half brother to three GSWs. $1.6 Million KEESEPT sales yearling.
4/18/11 Colt by Ten Centuries wins maiden allowance at Keeneland!
Derby Obsession, a three-year-old colt from the first crop of Ten Centuries, rallied strongly inside the sixteenth pole to prevail in a maiden special weight race at Keeneland on March 17.
Out of the Affirmed mare Golden Swallow, Derby Obsession overcame a rough trip to win the seventh race by a head. The chestnut colt was pinched at the start of the 1 1/16-mile race but closed with a rush under Julien Leparoux to get the win in his third career start.
Mike Maker trains the winner for owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey.
Derby Obsession was beaten less than a length when third in his racing debut last December at Fair Grounds, but he finished off the board in the slop at Gulfstream Park in his last. The victory improved his record to 3-1-0-1 for earnings of $34,455.
Derby Obsession is Ten Centuries' second winner to date from limited numbers. The stallion - a $1.6 million sales yearling - is the only son of Dubai Millennium at stud in the U.S. He was originally retired to Buck Pond Farm in a deal brokered by Jim Cullen, but he moved to his owner's Chanteclair Farm for the 2011 season, where he stands for $2,000.
"It's not a huge surprise that Ten Centuries would get a runner like (Derby Obsession)," said Cullen. "He's a beautiful horse with a huge pedigree, and though he didn't race his trainer - the great Bobby Frankel - thought he had a ton of talent. Ten Centuries hasn't gotten much of a chance in the current breeding climate, but it's clear he can produce a horse with meaningful talent.
"When you consider that Derby Obsession is out of a pretty modest mare you start to realize the potential Ten Centuries just might have as a stallion. Hopefully this will stimulate some interest and he'll get some more mares before the end of the season."