Former New York stallion Destin sires first winner

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2022

Maggie T (inside) fends off Maggie to become first winner for former NY-based stallion Destin. NYRA Photo.

Multiple Grade 2 winner and former New York-based stallion Destin sired his first winner Saturday when Maggie T won her fourth start at Aqueduct.

Destin, a 9-year-old son of Giant’s Causeway out of the Grade 1-winning Siberian Summer mare Dream of Summer, previously stood at Sequel Stallions New York in Hudson. He bred 84 mares in 2019 and 53 in 2020 before relocating to Saudi Arabia for stud duty.

A full brother to Grade 1 stakes-winning sire Creative Cause, Destin set a new track record in the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby winning by a length going 1:42 4/5 in the 1 1/16-mile contest. Three months later he was defeated a nose by Creator in the Grade 1 Belmont Stakes. Destin retired with five wins, two seconds and two thirds in 15 starts with earnings of $947,800.

Bred by Mr. and Mrs. Grant L. Whitmer and foaled at Brayton Hill Farm in Fort Ann, Maggie T is out of the unraced Victory Gallop mare We Kept Her. An $8,000 RNA at the 2021 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred yearling sale, Maggie T finished second in two prior starts at Saratoga and Belmont at the Big A before her victory Saturday for owners J Trezza and P Fellows LLC and trainer Eddie Barker.

“We are so happy for Sequel breeder Grant Whitmer on getting Destin’s first winner,” said Sequel’s Becky Thomas. “He supported the graded stakes-winning son of Giant’s Causeway every year that he was standing at stud in New York.”

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