First Samurai

Giant's Causeway - Freddie Frisson, by Dixieland Band

ch, 2003, 16.1 hands
Entered Stud 2007

2018 Fee: $15,000 LFSN

Season Inquiries: Bernie Sams
(859) 987-2330 / (859) 233-4252

  • 4 Millionaires incl. G1 winners LEA & JUSTIN PHILLIP
  • Sire of Sovereign Award champion STACKED DECK
  • 2017 SH incl. MISS SKY WARRIOR (G2), SHARP SAMURAI (G2), etc.
  • 2017 yearlings up to $575,000, 2yos up to $540,000

Race Record

Age Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earned
2 5 4(2) 0 1(1) $682,575
3 3 1(1) 1(1) 0 $232,500
Total: 8 5(3) 1(1) 1(1) $915,075


Won Hopeful S.-G1 & Champagne S.-G1 at Two
Won Fountain of Youth S.-G2 at Three



12% Stakes Horses, Lifetime

2018 top runners include:

  • SHAMAAL NIBRAS – 1st Jebel Ali Mile Sponsored By Shadwell Farm -G3
  • BAL HARBOUR – 2nd Mucho Macho Man S.

2017 top runners include:

  • MISS SKY WARRIOR – 1st Davona Dale S. -G2, 1st Gazette S. -G2, 3rd Comely S. -G3
  • SHARP SAMURAI – 1st Del Mar Derby -G2, 1st Twilight Derby -G2, 1st La Jolla Handicap -G3, 1st Rainbow S. @Santa Anita
  • BET SHE WINS – 1st Arlington-Washington Lassie S.
  • BAL HARBOUR – 1st Sapling S.; 1st Smooth Air S.
  • DANCING BELLE – 2nd Sorrento S. -G2
  • SHAMAAL NIBRAS – 2nd Jebel Ali Mile -G3, 3rd Jebel Ali S.

2017 Sales include:

  • $575,000 colt at Keeneland September to Spendthrift Farm & Starlight Racing
  • $540,000 colt at OBS April to Kanayana Holdings Co.
  • $475,000 colt at Keeneland September to Mr. & Mrs. J.S. Moss
  • $400,000 colt at Fasig-Tipton Saratoga to Starlight; F. Brothers, agent
  • $350,000 colt at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic to Mike Ryan, agent
  • $200,000 filly at OBS April to Ben McElroy, agent

In 2016, Top Runners, include 7 SH and 2 GSW incl.

  • MISS SKY WARRIOR – 1st Tempted S.-G3, 1st Demoiselle S. -G2 $75,000 MSW by 7 lengths Oct. 15
  • STACKED DECK – Sovereign Award Champion Sprinter, 1st Kennedy Road S. -G2, Ontario Jockey Club S., 2nd Vigil S.-G3, 2nd Nearctic S. -G2

2016 Sales include:

  • Yearlings sold up to $230,000; 2yo sold up to $180,000

In 2015 5 Graded Stakes Horses incl.

  • LEA – won Hal’s Hope S.-G3, 2nd Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile-G1, Woodbine Mile S.-G1, Stephen Foster H.-G1, Donn H.-G1, 3rd Dubai World Cup-G1

2015 Sales include:

  • Yearlings sold up to $300,000; 2yo sold up to $475,000 (Session Topper)

Top Runners, Lifetime

LEA $2,362,398, Donn H-G1 (NTR), Commonwealth Turf S-G3, Hal’s Hope S-G3 (2x), 2nd Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile-G1, Dubai World Cup-G1, Stephen Foster-G1, Woodbine Mile-G1, etc.
JUSTIN PHILLIP $1,293,437, Alfred G. Vanderbilt H-G1, Woody Stephens S-G2, Count Fleet Sprint H-G3, etc.
LAST GUNFIGHTER $1,219,205, Hawthorne Gold Cup H-G2, etc., Philip H. Iselin S.-G2, Pimlico Special S.-G3, Excelsior S.-G3, etc.
CARVE $1,032,085, Prairie Meadows Cornhusker H-G3, West Virginia Governor’s S, Fifth Season S, 2nd Oaklawn H.-G2, 2nd Lone Star Park H.-G3, etc.
EXECUTIVEPRIVILEGE $999,000, Del Mar Debutante S-G1, Chandelier S-G1, etc.
MISS SKY WARRIOR $687,340 Davona Dale S.-G2, Gazette S.-G2, Tempted S.-G3, Demoiselle S.-G2, etc.
NORTHERN PASSION $660,425, Natalma S-G3, Fury S, Sweet Briar Too S, etc.
SWIFT WARRIOR $651,953, John B. Connally Turf Cup S-G3, Tampa Bay S-G3, etc.
STACKED DECK 2015 Sovereign Award champion Sprinter, $614,951, won Kennedy Road S.-G2 twice, Bold Venture S.-G3, Ontario Jockey Club S., 2nd Woodford S.-G3, King Edward S.-G2, Vigil S.-G3, Nearctic S.-G2
BAFFLE ME $531,696, Powder Break S., South Beach S. Jazzy S., etc.
SHARP SAMURAI $483,870, Twilight Derby-G2, Del Mar Derby-G2, La Jolla H.-G3, etc.

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