It was an all Roger Attfield-trained exacta in Saturday’s Grade 2, $150,000
Ridden by Luis Saez, Musketier enjoyed a ground-saving trip in behind the
Musketier, at 9-2, paid $11.60, $5.20 and $2.80.
Following Winchester past the finish were Center Divider, Gondorf, Livingston
Winner of the Group 3 Prix de Conde at two, Musketier placed twice at the
Group 3 level but failed to win another stakes during his stay in Europe. Third
in the 2007 Grade 2 Red Smith Handicap in his U.S. debut, the gray was out of
action throughout 2008. Runner-up to stablemate Spice Route in the 2009 Grade 2
Elkhorn Stakes, he captured that season’s Grade 3 Singspiel Stakes at Woodbine
and was second to champion Gio Ponti in the Grade 1 Man o’ War Stakes. In an
abbreviated campaign of two starts in 2010, he captured the Elkhorn and ran
third in the Grade 3 Sycamore Stakes.
Musketier has had a more active 2011, defending his title in the Elkhorn and
winning the Singspiel for a second time. He placed in the Grade 2 Pan American
Stakes and Grade 3 Mac Diarmida Stakes, but also went unplaced in four outings
including his last three prior to the McKnight. His record now stands at
“He’s just been a lovely horse to have,” said Attfield of Musketier. “I’ve
had some perform at this level up to maybe eight years old, but not at this age
(nine). I’ve talked it over with the owners and they’ve said, ‘If he’s happy
with what he’s doing, go on and race him next year at 10.’ Also, the environment
at Payson Park is just wonderful for an older horse to thrive. There’s plenty of
room and it’s quiet. Right now, I’d say he’ll run maybe once at Gulfstream and
then go back to Keeneland in the spring and try to win the Elkhorn for a third
year in a row.”
Bred in Germany by Gestut Gorlsdorf, Musketier is out of the winning Myth and
Reality, a half-sister to Grade 2 winner Miatuschka, stakes winner Master Peace
and the stakes-placed Mille Miglia. She’s also produced the stakes-placed Maisha.
Musketier’s fourth dam produced German champion colt Marduk II and his French
classic-winning full sister Mata Hari.