Chichicastenango


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Chichicastenango

(chē'chēkästānäng`gō), town, SW Guatemala. In the heart of the highlands, Chichicastenango was a trading town in ancient times. It became the spiritual center of the QuichéQuiché
, indigenous peoples of Mayan linguistic stock, in the western highlands of Guatemala; most important group of the ancient southern Maya. The largest of the contemporary native groups of Guatemala, numbering over a million, they live principally in the region
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 after their defeat (1524) by Pedro de Alvarado. The town, often called Santo Tomás, is quaint and charming, with a maze of winding streets surrounding the main plaza, the site of one of the most colorful town markets in Central America. In the Dominican monastery (founded 1542) was discovered the famous Popul-Vuh manuscript of Maya-Quiché mythology. There are several excellent collections of relics, especially of carved jade. Chichicastenango is a popular tourist center.
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CHICHICASTENANGO, the sire of 2008 Prix du Jockey Club winner Vision D'Etat, died on Saturday in Japan after failing to recover from colic surgery.
In second was Ideechic (Chichicastenango), who was retained at the same sale for EUR4,000
Ex-French Chichicastenango, sire of Prix du Jockey Club winner Vision D'Etat, has 15 lots catalogued Sold last year Foal session: Of 208 offered, 141 were sold (68%) for an aggregate of N3,339m (-32%), average of N23,680,851 (-0.2%) and a median of N17m (-11%) Yearling session: From 214 offered, 173 were sold (81%) for an aggregate of N3,157,100,000 (+17%), average of N18,249,133 (+18%) and a median of N15m (-6%) George Kimberley
The French-based son of Kaldoun is best known as the sire of French Group 1 winner Chichicastenango but has also compiled a solid reputation as a jumps sire thanks to Nacarat, Molotof and Oumeyade.
The son of sire revelation Chichicastenango recorded Group 1 victories in the Prix du Jockey Club, Prix Ganay, Prince of Wales's Stakes and Hong Kong Cup, as well as a couple of victories over 1m1f-1m2f at two.
A FILLY from the final French crop of Vision D'Etat's sire Chichicastenango was the highlight of a low-key third session of the Arqana October Yearling Sale at Deauville yesterday, writes Nancy Sexton.
The current 28-strong roster of Shadai stallions includes familiar European names such as Chichicastenango, Falbrav and White Muzzle, but another 12 are sons of Sunday Silence, including champion Deep Impact.
The son of Chichicastenango has won four Group 1 races and will stand at Haras du Grandcamp in Normanday, where he will join Chichi Creasy, Linda's Lad, Majorien and Sunday Break.
Trained by Eric Libaud for his wife Vicky and Jacques Detre, the son of Chichicastenango made a victorious comeback in Saturday's Group 3 Prix Gontaut-Biron, having not been seen out since finishing unplaced in the Dubai World Cup in March.
On the face of it, the son of Chichicastenango was disappointing as he wasn't unfancied for the first two runs, but there was definite promise on an easy surface over 2m3f at Fontwell in February on his first start for the yard when in contention until the final two flights against a couple of rivals rated in the 120s.
The fillies' equivalent of the newcomers' maiden was taken by Roche Ambeau, a Chichicastenango sister to Blek, who won the Group 3 Prix de Barbeville this month.
He was a Listed winner in France and also placed once at Group 3 level from 63 starts, but his son Chichicastenango won twice in Group 1 company, in the Prix Lupin and Grand Prix de Paris, and went on to sire Vision D'Etat.