Tito’s Handmade Vodka Juvenile Fillies Division
JockeyIrad Ortiz Jr.
BreederJustin Spaeth, Kalvert Spaeth &Equine Equity Partners, LLC
When Sippican Harbor sailed to victory in the Spinaway Stakes at Saratoga Race Course on September 1 to earn an expense-paid berth to the Breeders’ Cup, she left no doubt about her ability.
Her New York-based trainer Gary Contessa, one of the nation’s leading conditioners, knew the daughter of Kentucky Derby winner Orb was in deep waters in the Spinaway after a fifth-place finish and a victory in maiden company on her record.
"(This) was unbelievable because this field was loaded with good horses," Contessa said immediately after the race. "She ate dirt, she's covered with dirt, she made that big move on the outside, a very impressive race. That's the kind of two-year-old you want—one that is versatile. She can be on the lead or you can take her back and come from last. She's got a great mind. She is just the coolest horse in the world. She makes my job easy.”
As agent, Contessa purchased Sippican Harbor for $260,000 at the 2017 Fasig-Tipton selected yearling sale. She was back on the auction stand at the March Ocala Breeders’ Sales two-year-olds in training sale but she was listed as not sold on a final bid of $110,000.
Sippican Harbor campaigns for Lee Pokoik, who has owned Thoroughbreds for 25 years. His various business interests include real estate, restaurants and membership on the New York Stock Exchange. He enjoys entertaining guests for lunches and dinners on his private plane, among his interests, according to a Times Union posted August 3, 2017.
Sippican Harbor is in Buzzards Bay off the coast of Massachusetts.
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