LEA’s Shamikh added a third victory to his resume in his fourth career starts on Friday when the 4-year-old colt bolted home at Jebel Ali to win by 3 ¼ lengths. Shamikh has won his three races by a combined 22 lengths.
Racing over a mile on the dirt, Shamikh raced a few lengths behind the freewheeling leader, who had opened up multiple lengths on the field. Racing down the long stretch, Shamikh was ridden confidently by Ryan Curatolo as they entered the final three furlongs.
The leader started coming back at that point and Curatolo quickly had his mount in the lead in only a matter of strides. From there the question was only how much he’d win by.
Pulling away easily, Shamikh was well in hand as he crossed the line 3 ¼ lengths in front for owner Sheikh Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and trainer Nicholas Bachalard.
A $430,000 2-year-old purchase by J.A.S., Shamikh was bred by Ellen B. Kill Lelley from her Bob and John mare Ebony Oro.
That mare is a half-sister to stakes winners American Century and Energized and the dam of stakes winner Bright N Golden. This is also the family of Grade 1 winner Precocity.
LEA is a top ten third crop sire by stakes winners with five, led by Grade 3 winner Chart.