Ambro Courage, a Courage Under Fire mare sent to the USA after winning her 10th and final NZ race at Auckland two years ago, continues to add to her longevity.
Claimed for $6000 at her second-to-last NZ start by JC International Ltd, Ambro Courage has subequently taken her career earnings to around $200,000.
She won her first two in NZ for Invercargill trainer Murray Brown, her next two in the north for Waiuku trainers, Michelle Wallis and Bernie Hackett, her next five for Cambridge trainer Arna Donnelly, and her last in NZ for Pukekohe trainer Brent Mangos.
Now nine in North America, she has a 1:51.6 (10ths) mark on a 1000m track this year, while last year she had a 1:52.6 mark on half-mile track in North America.
Ambro Courage brought up her eighth US win when leading throughout a $23,000 fillies and mares pace at Yonkers, New York, on Saturday (NZ time) in 1:53.
She has continued to race consistently this year, having raced 20 times for four wins and eight placings for around ,000 in earnings.
A daughter of Ambro Isles (Island Fantasy-Armbro Moonlight, by Cam Fella), Ambro Courage has the same grand-dam as young Bromac Lodge broodmare Lincolns Keepsake, the Rocknroll Hanover half-sister to four other sub 2:00 winners including top pacer Sir Lincoln (1:54, 21 wins & $664,601 including the 2012 Auckland Cup & 2009 NZ Sires Stakes 3YO Final).
Lincolns Keepsake (1:59.1), who won four of 15 starts, is available for purchase from Bromac Lodge.
Turning six on August 1, and at her first season at stud, she has a sale price of $20,000 (plus GST), in foal to Betting Line (p3, 1:47.2f), or for $10,000 (plus GST), empty, after she foals.
Lincolns Keepsake, and her half-brothers and sisters, namely Sir Lincoln, Lord Lincoln (1:55.9, 11 wins & $44,756), Lincolns Megastar (1:57.1, six wins & $64,948) and Lincolns Superstar (1:56.6, six wins & $49,440) are from the unraced Claire De Lune (Beach Towel-Armbro Moonlight).
Ambro Isles, the race-placed dam of Ambro Courage, and Clair De Lune, are half-sisters to six winners including other good NZ & USA winners in Pot Black (1:50.6, 28 wins & $353,647) and Candy Styx (1:51.2, 23 wins & $200,902).
Their dam Armbro Moonlight was a lightly-raced half-sister to USA winners Armbro Radiance (1:58.4h, 26 wins & $62,004), Calibers Storm (1:59.4) and Shimmy 'N Scoot (1:58.2, seven wins).
The USA form of Ambro Courage also reflects well for her sire, the ill-fated Courage Under Fire, who despite his death 12 months ago, has previously chilled live semen straws available for purchase from Bromac Lodge this season.
Courage Under Fire’s star son Smolda (1:50.5), hit many highs including winning a Hunter Cup and holding Hectorjayjay in the $1.1 million Inter Dominion Pacing Grand Final at Gloucester Park in January 2017.Some of Courage Under Fire’s other top performers include 2012 Hunter Cup winner Choise Achiever; 2013 NZ Free-For-All winner Pembrook Benny (1:53.6); 2009 NZ Derby winner Sleepy Tripp; 2010 Victoria Derby winner Courage To Rule (1:51.1), 2017 Australasian Breeders Crown 4YO winner Dont Hold Back (p2, 1:53.7); 2011 NSW Chariots Of Fire 4YO winner & 2010 Australian Derby winner Lanercost (1:52.5); former NZ record-holder Lancome (1:54.9 rate, 1700m), Secret Potion (p3, 1:57.5) and Carter Bromac (p3, 1:52.4)