By Rab Hagin
Five years to the day (November 24) after future multiple Grade 2 winner FORTY TALES had broken his maiden first-out at Aqueduct, his first-crop 2-year-old daughter, SCINTILLATION, captured a 2-turn maiden special mile for open juvenile fillies at Finger Lakes at odds-on among six, becoming her sire’s first winner. Owned by Mark Valentine, Scintillation is the fourth named offspring produced from her unplaced dam and is that dam’s third winner and first foal sired by Forty Tales (Tale of the Cat – Forty Love, by Forty Niner).
Forty Tales’ second career start was in his 3-year-old debut at Parx Racing in January of 2013, which he won “going away” by almost four lengths against a field that included an odds-on colt who two weeks later would win a stakes for open 3-year-olds at Laurel Park. That spring and summer, Forty Tales in consecutive outings captured Churchill Downs’ graded Derby Trial at a one-turn mile against eight rivals, Belmont’s Grade 2 Woody Stephens Stakes at seven furlongs against ten rivals, and Saratoga’s Grade 2 Amsterdam Stakes at 6½ furlongs against six rivals. The stretch-closing sprinter won more graded races that season than either of the Eclipse Champion Male or Female Sprinters for the year.
Forty Tales retired to stud as a Sequel Stallions New York / McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds, LLC Venture. He is among 112 stakes winners sired by Tale of the Cat (by Storm Cat); his multiple turf stakes-placed and multiple stakes-producing dam was bred by a division of the renowned Claiborne Farm.
Scintillation closed from next to last in her winning effort, swinging about six-wide out of the second turn to take the lead in mid-stretch from the eventual runner-up, behind whom there was nearly a ten-length gap back to the third-place finisher (and leader at the quarter pole) at the wire.