Mongoose tallies first stakes winner

Friday, January 11, 2008

By JoAnn Guidry
Courtesy of Journeyman Stud News

In winning the Blue Norther Stakes on December 30 at Santa Anita, Florida-bred Gorgeous Goose became the first stakes winner for Florida stallion Mongoose. Owned by Gary and Mary West, Mongoose stands at Brent and Crystal Fernung’s Ocala-based Journeyman Stud.
The Blue Norther Stakes victory was also the initial stakes win for Gorgeous Goose. The lightly-raced filly was bred and is campaigned by Mary Ann Denes and Mary Ellen Woelfel. In but four starts in 2007, Gorgeous Goose notched two wins and earned $75,620.

Gorgeous Goose broke her maiden on November 14 at Hollywood Park, winning by a nose over Cheryl’s Surprise with Royal Humor third. Trained by Mike Puype, Gorgeous Goose was clocked in 1:42.17 for the eight and a half furlongs.

From there, Gorgeous Goose moved straight into stakes company and rewarded her connections’ confidence. She captured the Blue Norther Stakes by a length and a quarter over Golden Doc A with Ariege finishing third. Her winning time for the mile was 1:35.95.
“We always liked Gorgeous Goose and thought early on that she had the potential to be a very nice racehorse,” said Paul Denes, who with wife Mary Ann, bred Gorgeous Me, the dam of the stakes winner. “We sent her to Nick de Meric to be broken and trained. Nick liked her a lot too, so we decided to keep her and race her.”

Gorgeous Goose was sent to southern California-based trainer Mike Puype, who had also trained the Deneses’ homebred multiple stakes winner Cervelo later in his career.

“We were very happy with how Mike had handled Cervelo and we knew he’d do an excellent job with Gorgeous Goose,” said Denes. “After she broke her maiden so impressively it only convinced us further that she was a very good filly. We’re very thrilled, but not surprised, with her stakes win.”

Consigned by Thoroughstock, agent, Gorgeous Me was sold in foal to Full Mandate for $15,000 at the 2006 OBS January mixed sale. The dam of Gorgeous Goose was purchased by Manuel Andrade, who owns Get Away Farm in Lowell. Gorgeous Me had a 2006 Full Mandate colt, slipped in 2007, and is in foal to Get Way Farm stallion Double Honor. Gorgeous Me is scheduled to be sold at the upcoming OBS January mixed sale.

Mongoose, a Grade I stakes winner by Broad Brush out of the Cox’s Ridge mare Salty Gal, earned $694,531. He won the 2002 Donn Handicap (G1) and was also second that season in the Gulfstream Park Handicap (G1). In addition, he won the listed 2000 Cradle Stakes, as well as posting runner-up finishes in the 2001 Turfway Spiral Stakes (G2) and listed Summing Stakes.

Mongoose is full brother to graded stakes winner Hesanoldsalt, who won the 2006 Fred W. Hooper Handicap (G2). He was also second in the 2007 Donn Handicap (G1) and has been graded stakes-placed three additional times to earn $514,938 through 2007.
Retired to stud in 2003, Mongoose has produced four crops with 53 foals of racing age through 2007. Of that latter number, 33 to date have started with 20 becoming winners.

In addition to stakes winner Gorgeous Goose, Mongoose has also sired stakes-placed winner Steady Slew. The filly out of Intowin, by Proper Reality, was third in the 2007 Lady Luck Starter Stakes at Calder. Steady Slew has to date banked lifetime earnings of $76,485 on five wins, one second and two thirds in 20 starts.

The leading money earner to date for Mongoose is Mongoose Gold. Out of A Golden Rose, by Strike the Gold, multiple winner Mongoose Gold has current lifetime earnings of $121,394.

“Mongoose is a big, rugged-looking horse just like his sire Broad Brush,” said Brent Fernung, co-owner and president of Journeyman Stud. “And he’s producing the same type of runners, who are turning into good sound racehorses. It’s always good to have a stallion get his first stakes winner and we’re excited about Mongoose’s future as a sire.”