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Precedent in Place for Madison County
Meanwhile, NZ Racing Desk reports that while Madison County’s relocation to America will be a test-case for owners the China Horse Club (see above item), former New Zealand horses have raced with good success in the region. Gr1-winning New Zealand juvenile Happyanunoit went on to be a triple Gr1 winner for the late Bobby Frankel, while Black Mamba won at the elite level for California trainer John Sadler, having previously been prepared in New Zealand by Murray Baker. Sadler also prepared former kiwi galloper Crossing The Line for Gr2 success, while Pins gelding Nautique was successful at Gr3 level for Jerry Hollendorfer. Habibi, the 2013 Gr1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) victor went on to win at stakes level for trainer Mark Frostad and prominent owner George Strawbridge, in addition to finishing runner-up in the Gr1 Northern Dancer Stakes (2400m) at Woodbine.