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Lure

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Lure, Mike Smith up (NYRA)
Lure
Induction Year: 
2013
Foaled: 
1989
Breeder: 
Claiborne Farm and The Gamely Corp.
Owner: 
Claiborne Farm, The Gamely Corp. and Nicole Perry Gorman
Trainer: 
Claude R. McGaughey III
Sire: 
Danzig
Dam: 
Endear
Damsire: 
Alydar
Career Years: 
1991-1994
Starts: 
25
First: 
14
Second: 
8
Third: 
0
Earnings: 
$2,515,289.00

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Bio

Lure set a track record in his career debut on the dirt at Belmont Park, but it was the son of Danzig’s prowess on the turf, highlighted by consecutive Breeders' Cup Mile victories, that led to his impressive legacy.

 

Bred in Kentucky by a partnership between Claiborne Farm and The Gamely Corp., Lure won his first two starts as a 3-year-old at Aqueduct, including a thrilling dead-heat with Devil His Due in the Gotham Stakes. But after Lure finished second in the Lexington Stakes and sixth in the Riva Ridge Stakes, trainer Shug McGaughey and co-owner Seth Hancock of Claiborne decided to switch the colt to the grass.

 

Lure’s pedigree suggested he would take to the lawn. Besides being a son of Northern Dancer, his dam, Endear, by Alydar, was a half-sister to the top turf runner Tiller. In his first start on grass, Lure crushed an allowance field at Belmont by 10¼ lengths. Following a second in the Kelso Handicap a month later, Lure won the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Gulfstream from gate to wire by three lengths, smashing the course record in the process.

 

As a 4-year-old in 1993, Lure opened with an allowance win at Keeneland then followed with Grade 3 victories in the Turf Classic at Churchill Downs and the Dixie Handicap at Pimlico. Lure defeated the standout Star of Cozzene in both of those races, but his rival got the best of him in their next two meetings, the Manhattan Stakes and Caesars International Handicap. Lure then bounced back with victories in the Daryl’s Joy and Kelso before taking aim at a repeat in the Breeders’ Cup Mile.

 

In the 1993 Breeders’ Cup Mile, Lure overcame an outside post position at Santa Anita by taking an early lead and was hand-ridden by Mike Smith to a 2¼-length victory.

 

Lure won three of seven starts as a 5-year-old in 1994, but a third consecutive Breeders’ Cup mile victory eluded him as he finished a disappointing ninth at Churchill Downs and was retired to Claiborne Farm with a career record of 14-8-0 from 25 starts and earnings of $2,515,289.

 

Although he never won an Eclipse Award, Lure was ranked No. 85 in The Blood-Horse’s to 100 racehorses of the 20th century.

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