Phoenix Ladies Syndicate continued their Worldwide expansion on Wednesday confirming Hall of Famer Bob Baffert would train their latest recruit.
The groundbreaking all-female group added a son of Tapiture to their roster at the Fasig-Tipton Santa Anita Two-Year-Olds In Training Sale as they look to build a base in the United States. Sold as Hip 12 the colt out of an Awesome Again mare worked the bullet quarter mile during Monday’s Breeze show clocking :21.1 and is related to Graded Stakes winners.
Walking Thunder, Superior and Golden Jaguar all provided the Dubai based Syndicate with success during their first year of operation, culminating in the trio lining up in the UAE Derby at Meydan on World Cup night. Since then the Ladies have moved to expand their reach with Ariette du Rue moving to England from Dubai to be trained by Ed Vaughan and a recent Arqana Breeze-up purchase sent to Karl Burke’s North Yorkshire stable.
Furthermore, their latest recruit will be joined in America by the unraced Majestic Queen, who has left Dubai to have her career overseen by Steve Asmussen.
“We were very keen to get hold of this colt,” Explained Phoenix Ladies Principal Pamela Cordina. “He impressed us in the breeze, and we liked his pedigree. We work closely with our trainers, and we ask them to be on the look-out for anything that catches their eye when they head to the sales. We must extend our thanks to Tom Ludt, who has been working hard identifying the right horses for us and to Bob for his part in finding our newest recruit.”
Despite this move into other racing jurisdictions the all-female team haven’t ignored their base with bin Harmash receiving three purchases from the OBS Spring Sale.