|Dam||Helen of Troy|
|Breeder||Fast Lane Farms (Steve Warner), Carleton Block & Harry Forman|
|Owner||1) Royce S. Jaime & Pablo Suarez|
2) Sheikh Rashid (2007)
|Trainer||Douglas F. O'Neill|
| WinStar Derby (2005)|
Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (2006)
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