What Good Samaritan lacks in seasoning he makes up in raw talent. A flashy son of Harlan’s Holiday, the Bill Mott trainee burst onto the scene with a wicked closing kick to win his maiden Aug. 13 at Saratoga by a head. Six weeks later, he easily negotiated the one-turn, unique configuration of the Woodbine grass course, besting his competition in the Summer Stakes by 1 1/2 lengths.
Owners China Horse Club and WinStar Farm have teamed up recently to do quite well together, winning six of 15 starts and over $400,000 in purses. China Horse Club, established in 2013 by chairman Teo Ah Khing as “Asia’s premier lifestyle, business and Thoroughbred racing club,” is supported by an international advisory council that is under the leadership of the former President of the UN General Assembly, Dr. Joseph Deiss, and has strong ties to some of the top racehorse owners in the world, including John Magnier of Coolmore, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum of Dubai, and Sheikh Fahad Al Thani of Qatar. Part-owners of 2014 Epsom Derby winner Australia, China Horse Club also owns Juvenile Fillies possible Yellow Agate and recently bought into Breeders' Cup Classic favorite California Chrome.
WinStar Farm, 2010’s Eclipse Award winner for Outstanding Owner, is owned by Illinois native and Texas resident Kenny Troutt, and has earned more than $2 million in 2016, while striking at or above 25% for most of the season and flourishing under the guidance of President/CEO and Racing Manager Elliott Walden. In partnership or solo, WinStar has one win from 10 starts on Breeders’ Cup weekend, having taken the Classic in 2011 with Drosselmeyer.
Bill Mott is the fourth-leading trainer in Breeders’ Cup history in purses-earned and tied for fourth in victories going into this year’s championships with nine. Trainer of a plethora of champions — including such standouts as Cigar, Paradise Creek, Royal Delta, and Theatrical — the 63-year-old South Dakota native is a three-time Eclipse Award winner for Outstanding Trainer, a Hall of Fame inductee, and will be looking for his first win in the Juvenile Turf.