One Step Salsa Remains Unbeaten at Gulfstream Park
When One Step Salsa made his career debut on Jan. 19 racing 7 1/2 furlongs on the grass at Gulfstream Park, he received very little support from the betting public. That turned out to be a big mistake, as the 4-year-old gelding by Two Step Salsa came from last place in an 11-horse field to win going away - by 1 1/2 lengths. He paid $30.20. One Step Salsa returned yesterday in a 1 1/6-mile turf race, and most of the bettors let him get away again. This time, jockey Luis Saez changed tactics, bolting out of the gate with the gelding at the start and never looking back. One Step Salsa went wire-to-wire and scored by 2 1/4 lengths; the price this time was $25.40. The gelding bred by Emil Hagger has earned $34,300 in his two races and it will be interesting to see if the bettors have learned their lesson.
Classic Salsa On a Tear at Aqueduct
Unlike so many of his New York colleagues, trainer David Jacobsen doesn't like to let the moss grow under his stable's feet. A prime example is the 4-year-old Classic Salsa, by Two Step Salsa out of the Wildcat Heir mare Wildcat Affair. After winning at Aqueduct on Dec. 10, the colt bred by McFarland Farm won again on Jan. 9, finished second on Jan. 15, and posted his third victory in four starts with a game performance in a $67,000 allowance race on Saturday. Classic Salsa, under Angel Cruz, went right to the lead in the six-furlong affair, was tested from the outside every step of the way, and outfinished two rivals to prevail in a three-horse photo. He was clocked in 1:11.11. The colt sports a record of 5-2-1 in 12 starts and the $40,200 winner's check from his latest score boosted his earnings to $155,572. With just 26 starters in 2015, far less than any other Florida leading sire, Two Step Salsa is third on the money list with progeny earnings of $291,963.
Jan. 31 - A Big Day for Two Step Salsa
Two Step Salsa closed out January with a roar yesterday from California to Kentucky. It began in the fourth race at Santa Anita, which was won by Salsita, who came from near the back of the nine-filly field to score by a length in 1:17.18 for the 6 1/2 furlongs. The 4-year-old filly from Two Step Salsa's first crop earned $12,000 for the victory and boosted her total to $99,130 on a record of 3-7-0 in 15 starts. Two races later, Conquest Two Step, bred by Get Away Farm's owner, Manny Andrade, gained his first stakes victory with a 1 1/4-length score in the Gr. II, $200,250 Palos Verdes Stakes. He left in his wake three talented colts - Secret Circle, Distinctiv Passion and Wild Dude. In his previous start, the 4-year-old colt had just missed overtaking highly-regarded Shared Belief in the Gr. I Malibu. Conquest Two Step, trained by Ocalan Mark Casse, Canada's leading conditioner, was clocked in an eye-catching 1:08.10 under Joe Talamo and collected $120,000 for his effort. He's 3-5-1 in 10 starts with earnings of $309,408. Later in the evening, Two Step Temper, owned by Get Away Farm, made a powerful run on the turn and through the stretch to finish second in the $75,000 96Rock Stakes at Turfway Park. Two Step Temper was no match for The Great War, the $1 million Keeneland yearling who finished fourth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and went off at 10 cents to a dollar, but he was seven lengths better than the third-place finisher and collected $9,400. Aside from getting a Gr. II stakes-winner and a stakes-placed horse, the three races added $141,400 to the 2015 progeny earnings of Two Step Salsa and raised his total for the month to $237,783.
Two Step Salsa Off to Fast Start in New Year
Two Step Salsa's first and second crops wasted little time blasting off for the new year. On Jan. 8, Black Martino broke his maiden at Gulfstream Park, winning a $50,000 claiming race and taking home the $19,600 winner's share. The 3-year-old colt bred by Bailey Bolen and ridden by Eclipse Award-winner Javier Castellano was sent off at 4/5 and scored by a neck racing 1 1/16 miles on the grass. The following day, Classic Salsa made it two straight victories at Aqueduct, winning by nearly two lengths under Angel Cruz with six furlongs in a sharp 1:10.09. The 4-year-old gelding bred by McFarland Farm earned a check for $24,000. Just six days later, Classic Salsa was back in the entries and finished second in a starter allowance race that went in 1:09.65. The $10,000 runner-up check raised his earnings to $115,372 on a record of 4-2-1 in 11 tries. Then, at Gulfstream yesterday, One Step Salsa made his career debut racing 6 1/2 furlongs on the turf with Luis Saez aboard. The 4-year-old gelding bred by Emil Hagger was bumped at the start, fell back to last place in the field of 11, then uncorked a powerful six-wide run on the turn and inhaled the leaders to score by 1 1/2 lengths. He earned $12,800 and rewarded the faithful Two Step Salsa followers to the tune of $30.20.
Two Step Salsa Achieves Several Milestones in 2014
With just two crops at the races, Two Step Salsa achieved several milestones in 2014. After reigning as the leading first-crop Florida sire in 2013 with progeny earnings of $620,716, the son of Petionville led the state's second-crop sires with earnings of $1,624,133, which placed him 7th nationally. He had just 48 runners, with 28 winners, and to highlight how impressive his season was, the stallions ranked above him on the national Second-Crop Sire list all had anywhere from 78 to 105 runners. Another impressive statistic: Two Step Salsa is the only sire currently standing in Florida who had a Gr. I winner in 2014 - Dance With Fate winning the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland. Conquest Two Step fell a neck short of catching Eclipse Award candidate Shared Belief in the recent Gr. I Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita which placed his sire third by Grade 1 earnings among Second-Crop Sires standing in North America. It's onward and upward for 2015!
Shared Belief Edges Conquest Two Step in Gr. I Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita
Conquest Two Step ran the race of his life in the Gr. I, 7-furlong Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita today, battling heralded Shared Belief stride for stride down the stretch only to fall a neck short at the wire. Shared Belief, who went off at 50 cents to a dollar, has now won 8-of-9 starts and is on the short list of candidates for 2014's 3-year-old champion and Horse of the Year. Conquest Two Step, a son of Two Step Salsa, was bred by Get Away Farm's owner, Manny Andrade, and this was his third stakes-placed effort. He's 2-6-1 in 10 starts and the $60,000 runner-up check for his initial Gr. I try boosted his earnings to $249,408, while his second-crop sire - Florida's leader in that category - surpassed $1.62 million. Shared Belief's clocking of 1:20.69 was just one second off the 7-furlong track record of 1:19.70 held by Twirling Candy.
Two Step Salsa Colt Romps at Aqueduct
Followers of Two Step Salsa received an early Christmas present on Wednesday when Classic Salsa bounded home by 6 1/4 lengths in the sloppy going at Aqueduct. The 3-year-old colt bred by McFarland Farm went to the lead at the break despite a severe bumping incident, and after racing five furlongs in :58.62 while opening up a 4 1/2-length lead, continued to widen the advantage in the stretch under Angel Cruz. Classic Salsa is 3-1-1 in nine starts and the $19,800 winner's check lifted his bank account to $81,372. Florida's leading second-crop sire has progeny earnings of $1,523,657.
Flood of Winners Sends Two Step Salsa Over $1.5 Million
Two Step Salsa, Florida's leading second-crop sire by a mile, knocked out six winners at five tracks in a period of 19 days in November and has surpassed the coveted $1.5 million mark in progeny earnings for the year. It began with Two Step Temper scoring at Gulfstream West on the 8th, followed by Salsita at Del Mar on the 14th, Bonita's Gift at Thistledown on the 16th, Flaring at Aqueduct and Rince Tapaigh at Woodbine on the 26th, and Soal at Gulfstream West on the 27th. The stallion's earnings have reached $1,502,887 and 2015 is still a few weeks away.
Two Step Salsa Closes in on $1.5 Million with Soal's Score
Two Step Salsa is poised to surpass the $1.5 million mark in earnings for 2014 after the sharp maiden-breaking victory by Soal at Gulfstream Park West yesterday. The 2-year-old colt bred by Joe and Vivi Serena sat third on the rail in a field of 10 racing a mile and one-sixteenth on the grass, then swung to the outside at the eighth pole with Jesus Rios and blew by the leaders to score by 1 1/2 lengths. Soal paid $11 for his first victory and earned a check for $12,200, while raising Two Step Salsa's progeny earnings for the year to $1,496,270, easily best among Florida's second-crop sires.
Multiple Graded Stakes-Winner Drill Retires to Get Away Farm
Get Away Farm, home of Two Step Salsa, Florida's leading second-crop sire of 2014 and seventh nationally, has added another major stallion to its roster. Drill, a multiple graded stakes-winning son of Lawyer Ron out of the Storm Cat mare Cat Dancer, will stand for $4,500 in 2015. As a 2-year-old, Drill won the Gr. I Del Mar Futurity and was second in the Gr. I Norfolk Stakes at Santa Anita. At three, he won the Gr. I San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita and the Gr. III Laz Barrera Memorial at Hollywood Park and retired with earnings of $557,022. Drill was the 16th-ranked 2-year-old of 2011 on the Experimental Handicap. His dam was purchased for $1.4 million at the Fasig-Tipton Fall Sale and her foals have sold well over the years, including one for $1.5 million.
Get Away's $55,000 Two Step Salsa Purchase Pays Off
At the last OBS June sale, Get Away Farm paid $55,000 for a dark bay or brown colt by Two Step Salsa out of the 22-year-old Temperence Hill mare Sue's Temper. The colt, named Two Step Temper, paid immediate dividends yesterday at Gulfstream West, breaking his maiden in his career debut at 7 1/2 furlongs on the grass. Trained by Michael Maker for Get Away, Two Step Temper sat in mid-pack early under top rider Paco Lopez, then made a bold move coming to the stretch and was up in time to win by one-half length. Two Step Temper had been working well and was a poorly-kept wagering secret, sent off at odds of 7/2 and paying $9.40. The victory was worth $24,400. Leading Florida second-crop sire Two Step Salsa now has 2014 progeny earnings of $1,403,465.
Master Dunker Returns For Turf Score After 9 1/2-Month Layoff
Master Dunker, who helped Imperialism get off to a fast start with his first crop in 2010, returned to the races at Gulfstream West yesterday after a 9 1/2-month layoff and scored a 1 1/2-length victory in a one-mile race on the grass. The 6-year-old stalked the leaders in third place under Luca Panici, then made a bold move turning for home and drew off in the stretch to take home the $13,950 winner's check for Midwest Thoroughbreds. Master Dunker is now 4-2-4 in 20 starts with earnings of $166,496. He won the Hallandale Beach Stakes at Gulfstream Park and was stakes-placed three times, including a second-place finish in the Dayton Andrews Sophomore Turf Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs.
Maiden Winners for Two Get Away Stallions
Get Away Farm stallions had runners break their maiden on successive days, Salsamon becoming Two Step Salsa's latest at Delaware Park on Oct. 16, and Ready With Honor scoring for Double Honor at the Meadowlands the following day. Salsamon , a 3-year-old Pennsylvania-bred filly owned and bred by Armand Delaperriere, went head-and-head for the lead early under Mike Ritvo before taking over in the stretch and drawing off to win by nearly two lengths. She paid $7 and collected a check for $21,615 to vault Two Step Salsa to just under $1.3 million in 2014 progeny earnings. The son of Petionville is easily Florida's leading second-crop sire - by more than $350,000. Ready With Honor raced Mr. Spaceman into defeat, going wire-to-wire while racing outside the 8/5 favorite in the five-furlong test on the grass; and the 3-year-old New Jersey-bred gelding scored by a length.
Miss Wilby (Imperialism) Breaks Maiden at Gulfstream West
Just two days after Imperialism surpassed the $1 million mark in progeny earnings for the third straight year, Miss Wilby broke her maiden on Oct. 13 in her third career start. The 2-year-old filly is a rare Massachusetts-bred by her sire, and she scored by three lengths under Orlando Bocachica, getting six furlongs in 1:12.96 over the slow Gulfstream Park West strip. Miss Wilby, owned and bred by Wilby Lang and Mary Beth Reis, picked up a check for $12,600. Coming off a second-place finish in her previous start at Gulfstream Park, the filly went off as the 7/5 favorite.
Imaginethatmom Sends Imperialism's Earnings Over $1 Million Mark
Imperialism went over the $1 million mark in progeny earnings for the third straight year when Imaginethatmom, as the 2-1 favorite, won the fourth race at Gulfstream Park West on Friday. The 3-year-old gelding bred by Shadybrook Farm proved best under Leandro Goncalves after a prolonged stretch battle, getting up by one-half length in the mile and one-sixteenth race on the grass. Imaginethatmom collected a check for $13,950 which boosted Imperialism's 2014 earnings to $1,005,317.
Flying Hot Salsa Sizzles at Gulfstream West
After finishing fourth in his career debut at Gulfstream Park on Sept. 6, Flying Hot Salsa moved across town to Gulfstream West for his second start and romped to a wire-to-wire victory by three lengths. The 2-year-old colt owned by Get Away Farm cruised along with a one-length lead for most of the 7 1/2-furlong trip over the turf course, and when jockey Edgar Prado asked him to run, he drew off to win easily in 1:31.05. The maiden special test offered a purse of $43,000 and Flying Hot Salsa collected $26,500 while rewarding his backers with a $9.40 mutuel price. With only two crops at the races, and 45 runners, Two Step Salsa is Florida's ninth-leading sire with earnings of $1,265,459; but six of the eight in front of him have 96 or more runners; one even has more than 200.
Back-to-Back Winners for Two Step Salsa in Gulfstream Slop
A pair of runners by Two Step Salsa showed their affinity for off tracks Saturday by winning back-to-back races in the sloppy going at Gulfstream Park. In the third race, Joseph Waugh's Moonlight Salsa broke her maiden under Oscar Delgado in her fifth start, coming from fourth place down the backstretch and running down the leaders in deep stretch to score by a half-length. She paid $31. Less than 30 minutes later, Roger Block's stakes-placed Purchango turned in an almost identical performance, coming from fourth place with Jonathan Gonzales and blowing by the leaders late to also win by a half-length. Purchango, who finished second in the $300,000 In Reality Stakes at two, boosted his earnings to $142,120. Two Step Salsa, Florida's leading second-crop sire by far, now has progeny earnings of $1,203,296 for the year.
Conquest Two Step Third in El Cajon at Del Mar
Conquest Two Step finished third in the El Cajon Stakes at Del Mar on Friday, the second stakes-placed finish in just five starts for the colt by Two Step Salsa. He was off a step slowly in the one-mile race, but rallied late to get up for third, and increase his earnings to $83,008. Conquest Two Step was bred by Get Away Farm's owner, Manny Andrade, and is out of the Pioneering mare Homesteader. After breaking his maiden in his career debut in June of 2013, he finished second in the Colin Stakes at Woodbine in his second start.
Mr. Baker is Summer Sensation Down South
Mr. Baker, a 5-year-old son of Imperialism out of the Artax mare No More Tax, has become one of the most talked-about runners in South Florida over the past five months. Bred by Get Away Farm, at ages 3 and 4 Mr. Baker compiled a moderate record of 2-0-2 in eight starts with earnings of $43,717 racing in the colors of Carolyn Hine. But the owner of the great horse Skip Away lost Mr. Baker for $16,000 after his second race of 2014 at Gulfstream Park. He finished second that day, and wound up in the barn of noted owner Frank C. Calabrese. In his next start, again for $16,000, the 5-year-old finished second again, and this time was taken by Acclaimed Racing Stable. Since then, Mr. Baker has been nothing less than sensational. He immediately went on a four-race winning streak, including victories in the Ponche Handicap at Calder (by 2 1/2 lengths) and the Housebuster Stakes (by 3 1/4) at Gulfstream, plus a record-breaking score at Gulfstream in which he broke the track record for 5 1/2 furlongs, getting home by 11 1/4 lengths in 1:04:03. After a third-place finish in his last start, Mr. Baker is 6-2-3 in 16 lifetime starts with earnings of $191,754, and he's produced 11 breeder's awards for Get Away Farm.
Get Away Stallions All Among Florida's Leaders
With five months still remaining in which to add to their statistics, Get Away Farm's three stallions are all well-positioned on the Florida General Sire List. Two Step Salsa is ninth with progeny earnings of more than $1.1 million, and is the state's leading second-crop sire. Imperialism's earnings are approaching $900,000, and Double Honor ranks 15th by number of winners with 22, including stakes winner Doublicious. Imperialism is headed for his best season, and his third straight with earnings of more than $1 million.
Mr Baker Wins Housebuster S
Florida bred Mr Baker won the $90,000 Housebuster stakes on Saturday at Gulfstream Park .The six and a half race on the dirt was for 3 year olds and up and had a field of nine ,Going off at 6-5 favorite coming off his last victory at Calder Race Course in the $ 65,000 Ponche Handicap on May 31.
Dance With Fate Draws Post 12 for Kentucky Derby
Dance With Fate drew the No. 12 post position for Saturday's Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs and was installed at 20-1 in the morning line by track oddsmaker Mike Battaglia, who made California Chrome the early favorite at 5/2. Dance With Fate accumulated the third highest number of eligibility points for Derby participation among the 20 entrants - 108. The Florida-bred son of Two Step Salsa, bred by Tom and Lori Fackler's Best A Luck Farm, will be ridden by Corey Nakatani, who was aboard for the colt's impressive Blue Grass Stakes victory, as he attempts to become the first horse since Canonero II in 1971 to win the Run for the Roses from post 12. Six Florida-breds have won the Derby, but none since Silver Charm in 1997. The last Triple Crown winner was Florida-bred Affirmed in 1978.
Two Step Salsa in Spotlight After Dance With Fate's Blue Grass Victory
After three-quarters of a mile in Saturday's Gr. I Toyota Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland, Dance With Fate was sitting in 11th place in the bulky field of 14, all of whom had decided Kentucky Derby aspirations. Then, jockey Corey Nakatani, aboard the colt for the first time, swung the son of Two Step Salsa to the outside and Dance With Fate did the rest, inhaling the field in the final eighth of a mile to win the $750,000 race by nearly two lengths. He left in his wake nine other previous stakes-winners, including favored Bobby's Kitten, winner of the Gr. III Pilgrim at Belmont Park and third-place finisher in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf; Vinceremos, winner of the Gr. III Sam F. Davis Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs and runner-up in the Tampa Bay Derby; Medal Count, winner of the Gr. III Transylvania at Keeneland, and Gala Award, winner of the Gr. III Palm Beach at Gulfstream Park.
Dance With Fate was Two Step Salsa's leading money-winner in 2013 and propelled the Get Away Farm stallion into the top spot on the Florida freshman sire list, and into fourth nationally. The $450,000 check from the Blue Grass boosted his career total to $680,050 on a record of 3-3-0 in eight starts. Although he had two Gr. I and one Gr. II runner-up finishes on his ledger, this was his first stakes victory.
Trainer Peter Eurton was somewhat evasive after the Blue Grass, but it was generally felt that a trip to Louisville was next on Dance With Fate's dance card.
Imperialism 5-year-old Breaks $100,000 Mark
Fightingforfreedom, a 5-year-old by Imperialism bred by Get Away Farm's owner, Manny Andrade, reached a milestone on Sunday with a second-place finish in a $48,750 allowance optional claiming race at Gulfstream Park. Fightingforfreedom, appropriately ridden by Manny Cruz, picked up a check for more than $10,000 and now has $102,736 in the bank, most of it for owners Carolyn Hine, owner of Skip Away, and Gene Stevens, publisher of Post Time USA.
Fightingforfreedom sports a record of 4-7-1 in 19 starts, all of the races coming at Gulfstream and Calder, thus providing his breeder with 12 breeder's awards. In 2013 alone, there have been eight breeder's awards as the 5-year-old is 2-6-0 in nine tries.
Imperialism Gets Sixth Juvenile Winner
Im a Southern Diva became Imperialism's sixth 2-year-old winner of 2013 on Nov. 10 with a convincing score in her career debut at Calder Casino & Race Course. The juvenile filly trained by Kathleen O'Connell stalked the leader in second place, then made a bold move at the top of the stretch under Chris Morales and was drawing off in hand at the finish. The filly bred by Southern Chase Farm and Karen Dodd crossed under the wire nearly three lengths to the good of even-money favorite Ginebra, who was nearly eight lengths clear of the third-place finisher.
Imperialism Filly Third in Dream Supreme Stakes
Despite stumbling while leaving the gate and being soundly bumped, then rushing up and setting suicidal fractions of :22.11, :45.13 and :57.10, Jan's Perfect Star still finished third in Friday's Dream Supreme Stakes at Churchill Downs. The 4-year-old daughter of Imperialism, who didn't race at two and three, sports a record of 3-0-2 in eight starts with earnings of $138,827. In four stakes tries, she's posted one victory, a third and two fourths.
Imperialism Reaches $1-Million Mark for 2013
Imperialism passed the $1-million mark in progeny earnings for the second straight year on Friday when My Lucky Imp went wire-to-wire racing six furlongs at Remington Park. After posting earnings of $1,183,368 in 2012, Imperialism jumped to $1,003,880 this season via My Lucky Imp's 4 1/4-length victory, her fourth of the year. The 3-year-old filly had run up a three-race winning streak in mid-season.
With a little more than two months remaining on the 2013 racing calendar, Imperialism has also gone over the $3 million mark in career progeny earnings.
Two Step Salsa's Best Runner Entered in Breeders' Cup Juvenile
Dance With Fate, Two Step Salsa's premier runner, has been entered in the Breeders' Cup and will run in the 14-horse Juvenile. The 2-year-old colt has a record of 1-2-0 in four starts with earnings of $155,250, and earned his way into the Juvenile with runner-up finishes in two Gr. I races, the Del Mar Futurity and the FrontRunner Stakes at Santa Anita.
Dance With Fate is listed as the fifth choice in the early morning line at 10-1, behind Todd Pletcher's Champagne winner, Havana, who is 5/2. He is also entered in the Juvenile Turf as a second preference.
Purchango (Two Step Salsa) Rallies for 2nd in $300,000 In Reality
Purchango didn't let the tote board odds deter him in Saturday's In Reality Stakes at Calder Casino & Race Course, and the colt by Two Step Salsa finished a strong second in the $300,000 race that highlighted Juvenile Showcase Day. With Jonathan Gonzales aboard, Purchango - at odds of 32-1 - rallied from midpack in the 1 1/16th-mile race and was easily up for second behind winner Best Plan Yet, 3 1/2 lengths ahead of third-place finisher We're All Set.
The check of $57,600 for second boosted Purchango's earnings to $110,185 on a record of 1-3-1 in seven tries. The gelding owned and bred by Roger Block has been stakes-placed twice in the Florida Stallion Stakes series.
Two Step Salsa is the second-leading freshman sire in North America with progeny earnings of $531,619. However, the leader, Ashford Stud's Dunkirk, has 126 2-year-olds compared to 51 for Two Step Salsa, and 32 runners compared to 15 for the Get Away Farm stallion.
Double Honor Enjoys Hot September, Too
Not to be outdone by his younger generation stablemates, Get Away Farm's old veteran, Double Honor, enjoyed a superior month of September on his own.
The son of Gone West, who is closing in on $22 million in career progeny earnings, started the month off with a bang on the 7th when the 3-year-old filly Doublicious made her career debut at Suffolk Downs in the six-furlong Louise Kimball Stakes. Under David Amiss, the well-prepared filly was sent off at odds of 4/5 and scored by three lengths.
On the same afternoon, Checkered Cab broke his maiden going six furlongs at Assiniboia Downs in Canada. Seven days later, the 3-year-old gelding came right back and made it two in a row at the track. He's been first, second or third in seven straight races, and in 10 of his last 11.
On the 15th, Silent Honor won for the first time, scampering home by four lengths in a maiden special weights test at Mountaineer Casino Racetrack & Resort. She was clocked in :58:59 for the five furlongs. The next day, Catholicschoolgirl scored a two-length victory at Beulah Park, and the day after that, Pick the Double was a ton the best racing a flat mile at Suffolk Downs, winning by nearly 11 lengths at odds of 3/5.
Double Honor has a sharp 4-year-old performing in Puerto Rico, too, by the name of Double Decker. The 4-year-old won at Camarero on Aug. 29 by 2 3/4 lengths, came back on Sept. 12 to score by a half-length, then made it three in a row on the 22nd, again winning by 2 3/4 at odds of 3/5. Double Decker has compiled an enviable record of 13-8-8 in 42 starts.
On the 24th, Superlook, who could be called 'Old Hickory,' made his 72nd career start and won by half a length in a $19,000 allowance race at Suffolk Downs. The 7-year-old gelding sports a record of 10-9-12 and has earnings of $113,375.
Imperial Dancer closed out the month in style for Double Honor on the 30th, winning by a neck in a $39,000 allowance optional claimer at Delaware Park.
Imaginethatmom adds to Super September for Imperialism
Imaginethatmom became the seventh winner for Imperialism in the span of 23 days when he scored a sharp two-length victory in a $33,000 maiden special at Calder Casino and Race Course on Sunday. The 2-year-old gelding stalked the early leaders on the outside, then swept by the pacesetter in the stretch and was in complete control at the wire of the 6 1/2-furlong race.
The streak by the sons and daughters of Imperialism began with a victory at Charles Town by South Carolina-bred Runway on Sept. 6. That was followed by wins by Indian Empire at Presque Isle Downs on Sept. 10, Lil Nate's Date, who was winning her second straight at Suffolk Downs on Sept. 11, Political Miss, who scored at Delaware Park on Sept. 11, and Lucky Empress, who broke her maiden at Monmouth Park by 2 1/4 lengths on Sept. 15.
Fightingforfreedom, owned by Carolyn Hine, owner of Skip Away, made it two in a row in September at Gulfstream Park with a victory on the 21st that boosted his earnings to $91,786. In addition, Keep the Canoli, a 3-year-old gelding owned by Hialeah Park's John Brunetti, finished third in the Ricci Tavi Stakes at Delaware Park on Sept. 16.
The spate of winners in September increased Imperialism's progeny earnings to $939,621 as the son of Langfuhr draws closer to his second straight $1-million year.
Bear's Cowboy 9th Winner for Two Step Salsa
Bear's Cowboy won a five-horse cavalry charge to the wire at Woodbine yesterday, scoring a nose decision in a 5 1/2-furlong maiden special weights test over the all-weather track. The colt bred by Vogt Farms was trapped along the rail down the backstretch, but jockey James McAleney was able to find running room in the stretch and Bear's Cowboy was best at the wire, clocked in a sharp 1:04:99. Only 1 1/2 lengths separated the first five finishers.
Bear's Cowboy, who had finished second in his career debut at Woodbine on Sept. 1, gave Two Step Salsa nine winners from 14 starters, an outstanding winners-to-starters ratio of 64 percent. The stallion by Petionville, the nation's leading freshman sire, now has progeny earnings of $464,575.
Two Step Salsa Colt 2nd in Gr. I FrontRunner at Santa Anita
Dance With Fate earned his second Gr. I stakes-placed finish in less than a month when he finished second to Bond Holder in the $250,000 FrontRunner Stakes at Santa Anita today. The 2-year-old colt by Two Step Salsa, who had previously finished second in the Gr. I Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 4, collected $50,000, raising his earnings to $155,250 on a record of 1-2-0 in four starts.
Two Step Salsa remained on top of the nation's freshman sire list with progeny earnings of $432,028, nearly $69,00 ahead of his nearest pursuer, WinStar Farm's Colonel John.
Two Step Salsa gets 8th Winner; Leads Nation's Freshman Sire Lists
Echale Salsita, making her third start, went wire-to-wire in a $35,000 maiden special at Delaware Park, and became the eighth winner in the first crop of Leading Freshman Sire Two Step Salsa. The filly bred by Chad and Michelle Johnson was 24-1 on the tote board, but she was nearly three lengths better than 3/5 favorite Coronette at the finish of the mile race on the grass.
Gabriel Saez shot the filly out of the gate from the rail, and she was never seriously threatened through the stretch, drawing off smartly at the finish.
Two Step Salsa is Co-leading Freshman Sire by number of winners with eight, and the $21,600 winner's check earned by Echale Salsita raised the stallion's progeny earnings to $374,435, more than $46,000 ahead of the runner-up, WinStar Farm's Colonel John.
Dance With Fate Just Misses in Del Mar Futurity-G1 (Two Step Salsa)
If not for some unfortunate racing luck, Two Step Salsa might have been celebrating his first Gr. I stakes-winner today. Dance With Fate overcame two severe trouble spots and still finished a bang-up second behind Tamarando in the $301,500, Gr. I Del Mar Futurity.
Bumped at the break and off near the back of the bulky field, the colt began to move up on the rail down the backstretch in the seven-furlong race but was forced to take back to avoid clipping heels. Dead last on the rail on the turn, Rafael Bejarano swung the colt to the far outside and Dance With Fate and Tamarando closed with a rush in tandem, with the latter enjoying a half-length edge at the wire.
The runner-up finish added $60,000 to Dance With Fate's bank account, which jumped to $105,250. It also vaulted Two Step Salsa into the No. 1 spot on the nation's Leading Freshman Sire List with progeny earnings of more than $300,000.
Imperialism Colt Impresses in Gulfstream Park Debut
Undeniable Temper made an auspicious career debut racing a flat mile at Gulfstream Park today, crushing a $46,000 maiden special field by five widening lengths under Orlando Bocachica. The colt by Imperialism became his sire's fourth 2-year-old winner of the season and collected $28,200 for the effort, as his sire edged closer to the $900,000 mark in progeny earnings for the year.
The field was bunched up for half a mile before Bocachica urged 5-1 shot Undeniable Temper into the lead on the turn, and the colt did the rest on his own, extending his margin to four lengths in mid-stretch and galloping out to the wire without being threatened.
Two Step Salsa Is Red Hot Freshman Sire
After finishing third in her career debut at Arlington Park on Aug. 1, Tamazula was sent off as the 5/2 third choice in her second try in $38,000 maiden special company at the Chicago track. Kent Desormeaux put the filly bred by Get Away Farm in a good stalking position in second place at the start, then Tamazula ran down even-money pace-setter Skipping in the final sixteenth, drawing off by 3 1/2 lengths in 1:04:87 for the 5 1/2 furlongs.
The victory by Two Step Salsa's sixth winner was worth $22,800 to the filly's owner, Hernandez Racing Club, who purchased her for $60,000 at the OBS April 2-year-old sale.
Just 28 minutes after Tamazula's impressive score, Tea's Two Step made his debut in a $39,000 maiden special at Calder for Champion Equine LLC and 1:13:23 later, Two Step Salsa had registered winner No. 7. Tea's Two Step was off slowly, but quickly moved into contention and nailed Razzle Dazzle Man at the wire by a head. The colt bred by Cheryl J. and James P. McGuire was a 14-1 proposition, paid $30.20, and earned $26,100 for his owner. Tea's Two Step was a $30,000 OBS Open puchase in 2013.
The pair of victories gave Two Step Salsa six winners in the span of 25 days.
Second Stakes-Placed Runner for Two Step Salsa
On the same afternoon that Two Step Salsa picked up his sixth and seventh winners, he also bagged his second stakes-placed horse. Purchango, who had become the stallion's third winner on Aug. 3 at Gulfstream Park, finished third in the $125,000 Affirmed division of the Florida Sire Stakes at Calder.
Purchango, at 12-1, raced close to the pace throughout the seven-furlong test but was unable to close ground on the two favorites, My Brown Eyed Guy and Best Plan Yet. Roger Block's gelding collected $12,375 for third, lifting his earnings to $41,945 on a record of 1-1-1 in five starts.
Two Step Salsa's Runners Are On a Roll
Two Step Flor continued the recent onslaught of winners for Two Step Salsa with a hard-fought victory in a $50,000 maiden claimer at Saratoga. The filly bred by Maverick Stables became her sire's fifth winner, and fourth in the last 23 days.
Two Step Flor, off at 15-1 for her debut, battled head-and-head with 5/2 shot Foxbeau from the start, and bested that rival by half a length after 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:05:44. The victory was worth $30,000 to owner/trainer Michael Trombetta.
Dance With Fate Much the Best in Del Mar MSW (Two Step Salsa)
Despite an eighth-place finish in his debut at Hollywood Park on July 14, Dance With Fate was sent off as the 2-1 second choice in a $76,000 maiden special at Del Mar in his second try. The colt by Two Step Salsa didn't disappoint, wiring the field by 1 1/2 lengths with Rafael Bejarano in the saddle, and earning the biggest check for any of his first-crop sire's runners to date - $45,000.
Dance With Fate, bred by Best A Luck Farm in Ocala, was clocked in 1:16:73 for the 6 1/2 furlongs, and became his sire's fourth winner.
Purchango Wires Gulfstream Field; No. 3 for Two Step Salsa
Purchango, who was Two Step Salsa's first starter when he finished second at Calder back on June 1, broke his maiden in his fourth start with a wire-to-wire victory in a $50,000 maiden claiming race at Gulfstream Park. The gelding became winner No. 3 for his sire, and took the undisputed lead among freshman sires in Florida with respect to both winners and progeny earnings.
Purchango, the 9/5 favorite, opened up a 3 1/2-length lead in mid-stretch under Jonathan Gonzales, then coasted home by two in the six-furlong race, collecting a check for $22,500 for owner-breeder Roger L. Block.
Second Winner for Two Step Salsa Comes at Presque Isle
Crowded Hour came from off the pace under Stephen Anthony in a $35,250 maiden special at Presque Isle Downs and was up at the wire to become the second winner for Two Step Salsa. The gelding bred in Kentucky by Jennifer and Gerald Wilcox, off at oddes of 36-1, raced in mid-pack early in the 5 1/2-furlong race, then uncorked a 5-wide run at the quarter pole and was up by a nose at the finish in 1:05:50. Trained by co-owner Troy Wismer, Crowded Hour earned a check for $21,000.
Two Step Salsa Gets First Stakes-Placed Runner
After breaking his maiden at Churchill Downs in his first try on June 21, Conquest Two Step came right back and became Two Step Salsa's first stakes-placed horse, gaining a second-place finish in the $140,000 Colin Stakes at Woodbine. The colt bred by Manny Andrade was bothered at the break in the six-furlong test, yet still managed to earn the runner-up spot, 2 1/2 lengths behind Go Greeley, who was clocked in a solid 1:10:19. It was another 3 1/4 lengths back to the third-place finisher. Conquest Two Step collected $25,000 for second.
First Winner for Two Step Salsa
Get Away Farm's freshman sire Two Step Salsa gained his first winner today when Conquest Two Step rolled to a convincing two-length victory in his career debut for trainer Mark Casse at Churchill Downs. It was perhaps only fitting that the colt out of the Pioneering mare Homesteader was bred by Manuel Andrade, owner of Get Away Farm. Conquest Two Step was among the top four highest priced 2-year-olds in training at OBS April, hip 483, purchased by Conquest Stables for $420,000.
Conquest Two Step went virtually wire-to-wire under veteran rider Shaun Bridgmohan in the $39,481 maiden special weights race, getting the 5 1/2 furlongs in a sharp 1:03:63, barely a second more than the track record of 1:02:52. Casse had the colt ready for his first try, as evidenced by the fact that Conquest Two Step was sent off as the even-money favorite in the eight-horse field. He earned $21,720 for the effort.
Imperialism Colt wins the American Dreamer Stakes by 3 lengths!
Imperial Czar by IMPERIALISM wins the American Dreamer Stakes at Calder on 4th of July Weekend.
The 3-year-old bay colt out of Carson City mare Evil Eyed Czarina raced well placed, surged three wide to readily overtake the leader into the stretch and drew off to win by 3 lengths. Bred in Florida by R. C. Van Voorhees & Elizabeth A. Steinbach and owned by Jessica Colon, the colt is conditioned by trainer Saul Matos.
Imperialism gets first stakes winner! watch video
Florida-bred Master Dunker got his first stakes victory Sunday at Gulfstream Park when first-place finisher King Congie was disqualified for interference in the stretch run and placed third in the $100,000 Hallandale Beach Stakes.
Master Dunker, a 3-year-old Imperialism colt bred by Belleair’s Stanley S. Moles, had crossed the finish line second, a head behind King Congie, before being elevated to first place. King Congie, the winner of the $100,000 Tropical Park Derby at Calder last month, was demoted for interfering with Florida-bred Brilliant Speed, who had finished third, a neck behind Master Dunker, in a blanket finish.
“Turning for home, King Congie kept coming out and took Brilliant Speed out three, four paths,” steward Don Brumfield said. “There’s no way Brilliant Speed could have got by King Congie the way he was carrying him out.”
Master Dunker, trained by David Fawkes for Get Away Farm Racing Stable, entered the race off a third-place finish in the $100,000 Dania Beach Stakes on the Gulfstream lawn last month. Prior to that, the colt concluded his 2010 campaign with a three-length victory in a $32,500 allowance at Calder in November, his turf debut.
For his career, Master Dunker has won three of his seven starts for $109,323. He was a $39,000 purchase at OBS last April.
Brilliant Speed, a Dynaformer colt bred and owned by Ocala’s Live Oak Plantation, had finished second to Adirondack Summer in the Dania Beach. Prior to that, the Tom Albertrani trainee had ended his 2010 campaign by breaking his maiden in his fifth try, taking a $20,000 maiden special weight race by 1 ½ lengths at Tampa Bay Downs in December. Brilliant Speed has one win from seven starts and $65,750 in earnings.
In the Hallandale Beach, Master Dunker and jockey Luis Saez stalked the pace in third place as Stormy Going led the field of nine 3-year-olds through a quarter-mile in 23.33 seconds and a half-mile in 48.35. King Congie was in sixth place early under Javier Castellano.
Cozy Kitten had moved up to first place at the head of the stretch, with Master Dunker in second and King Congie in third after rallying three-wide around the far turn. Brilliant Speed and jockey John Velazquez were close behind in fourth place. King Congie moved out badly down the stretch before gaining the lead with half a furlong remaining and finishing the 1 1/16-mile race on a firm turf course in 1:41.30.
Master Dunker paid $26.80, $11.20 and $6.40, while the favored King Congie returned $5 and $3.80 and Brilliant Speed $3.60.
Fawkes said Master Dunker, out of the Buckfinder mare Finding Bucks, likely will run in the $150,000 Palm Beach Stakes (G3), a 1 1/8-mile test on the Gulfstream lawn March 12.
“He’s definitely a lot better on turf,” said Fawkes. “He got away a little slow last time and did it again (Sunday). Fortunately, they backed him out of the gate while they were having trouble loading (Liberty Cap). He was still a little fidgety and appeared to run in spots, but then we saw what happened in the stretch when they were all over the place.”
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TWO STEP SALSA Becomes a First-Year Leader
Get Away Farm thanks all the breeders who supported Two Step Salsa his first year standing in 2010. The Grade II stakes-winning millionaire covered more mares than any first-year stallion standing outside Kentucky with a full book of 93.
Master Dunker earns black-type in $100,000 Dania Beach Stakes
Master Dunker by Imperialism earns black-type in $100,000 Dania Beach Stakes at Gulfstream Park on January 16th.
Master Dunker was unhurried after breaking slowly, swung out for the stretch run and rallied for the show.
Bred by Stanley S. Moles and trained by trained by David Fawkes, the colt now has 2 wins and 3 thirds from 6 starts and earnings of nearly $50,000.
Master Dunker wins easy
Master Dunker, a 2-year-old son of IMPERIALISM, captured his first allowance test at Calder, Nov. 15. Racing five furlongs on the turf, the colt stalked the pace, then drew off to win easily by three lengths. Master Dunker broke his maiden in his second start on July 16 by a sensational 8 1/4 lengths going six furlongs on the dirt. His record is now 2-0-2 in five starts with earnings of $39,323.
IMPERIALISM is #1 Freshman Sire!
IMPERIALISM is the #1 Freshman Sire by Percentage of Winners/Starters with 67%
This is from the National Freshman Sires with 10 or more starters taken from bloodhorse.com on October 22, 2010.
Imperialism has 8 winners from his first 12 starters. They won from 5, 6, 7 and 8 furlongs, from Calder to Saratoga to Woodbine.
Political Miss now 2 for 2 for Imperialism!
Political Miss, the bay filly by Imperialism won at Calder Race Course on October 24th by 2 1/4 lengths. This was her second win in two starts for Owner William Breazeale and Trainer David Fawkes. The filly has updated earnings of $20,160.
Imperialism is now the sire of 8 winners and of stakes placed Talavera. His progeny has already earned nearly $150,000.
Seastrike wins big for Imperialism!
Seastrike, a gray filly by Imperialism wins the 6th at Woodbine by 3 1/4 lengths! Bred by Dolores and Dana Vacca in Florida, the filly is trained by John MacKenzie. She paid $15 to win.
Seastrike becomes the 4th winner for the freshman sire whose first crop is 47% In The Money.
Congratulations to the connections!
Imperialism Sires First Winners
Grade II winner Imperialism , whose first winner won in Mexico, came up with his second winner when Master Dunker scored by 8 1/4 lengths at Calder Casino & Race Course Aug. 6. Campaigned by Get Away Farm Racing Stable, Master Dunker ran the six furlongs in 1:14.27
Stanley S. Moles is the breeder of Florida-bred Master Dunker, who is a half-brother stakes winner Image of Approval and is out of the winning Buckfinder mare Finding Bucks.
Imperialism’s first winner, Talavera, won at six furlongs in 1:14.20 for Cuadra Tayson July 30. Scott Francois is the breeder of the Florida-bred filly, who is out of the stakes-placed Bound by Honor mare Milady’s Honor.
A three-time grade II winner, Imperialism stands at Manuel Andrade’s Get Away Farm near Ocala, Fla. His 2010 fee was $5,000.
By David Schmitz
Updated: Friday, August 13, 2010 8:22 AM
Posted: Thursday, August 12, 2010 6:31 PM
WILDEYDSOUTHERNBOY gets 2nd in White Oak Handicap
WILDEYDSOUTHERNBOY, the 5-year-old gelding by Double Honor, out of the Wild Rush mare Pledge Mom placed in the $100,000, 6 furlong White Oak Handicap at Arlington Park for Homewrecker Racing LLC and trainer Hugh Robertson.
IMPERIALISM 2-Year-Olds Breeze well in April
Here is Hip 455 during the April Breeze Show:
1st Imperialism 2-Y-O Colt at auction sells for $225,000
Hip #95, an Imperialism Colt out of Gold Alert mare, Dover Court worked 21.3 at the OBS March Sale under tack show. Bred by Mr. Norman Dellheim and consigned by Southern Chase Farm (Gregg & Karen Dodd), the colt sold Tuesday, March 16 for $225,000 to Stonestreet Stable.
JET PROPULSION 3rd in G3
JET PROPULSION runs 3rd in the Grade 3 Canadian Turf Stakes at Gulfstream. JET PROPULSION set the pace, dug in gamely in upper stretch and stayed on well. The gelding by Double Honor has updated earnings of $579,523
JET PROPULSION WINS $300,000 SUNSHINE MILLIONS TURF STAKES
It was a very good day for Marty Wolfson.
The trainer had two horses entered in the $300,000 Sunshine Millions Turf at Gulfstream Park Jan. 30, and they finished one-two in the 1 1/8-mile turf event.
Interestingly, Wolfson won the race with Jet Propulsion, who in his last start at Calder Casino & Race Course was claimed for $50,000 for Farnsworth Stables LLC. The Florida-bred 7-year-old gelding by Double Honor had back class—and earnings of almost $400,000—but clearly Wolfson picked a good one at the right time.
Jet Propulsion, ridden by Julien Leparoux, displayed his usual early speed in the Turf. He took the early lead, at one point had a five-length lead, and basically coasted home an easy winner.
The Wolfson-trained Pickapocket, owned by Martin Cherry, chased his stablemate in the lane but came up short. Kent Desormeaux rode Pickapocket; Leparoux had ridden him in his last two starts. Picou and Soldier's Dancer rallied for third and fourth, respectively.
The fractions on a firm course were :24.21 for the opening quarter-mile, :48.23 for the half-mile, 1:11.18 for six furlongs, and a quick 1:33.93 for a mile. The final time was 1:45.96.
Jet Propulsion paid $8, $5.40, and $4 as the second choice in a field of nine.
“I’ve been watching this horse for a couple years,” Wolfson said of Jet Propulsion. “He has beaten up on horses of mine a number of times. I never thought he’d be dropped in for a tag, but when he was, I took him with this race in mind.
“He has settled down a lot in the last six weeks. I don’t have anything in mind for him right now, but I think a mile-and-an-eighth might be his best distance.”
“I was happy, but not surprised, that they didn’t come with me in the first turn,” Leparoux said. “We got an easy lead and that was good for us. At the three-eighths pole I started to go, and I kind of looked back a couple of times on the final turn to see if they were coming, but they weren’t. My horse made a big move, and we won easily.”
Favored Soldier’s Dancer was in his usual position early but didn’t have enough late kick.
“I liked how he ran out of the gate; he came out good,” jockey Manoel Cruz said. “But the track was fast and the pace didn’t help. The race didn’t come out exactly the way we wanted.”
Jet Propulsion has won 13 times in 45 starts, with 10 seconds and three thirds.
TWO STEP SALSA TO STAND AT GET AWAY FARM IN 2010
Manuel Andrade has acquired complete interest in multiple graded stakes winner Two Step Salsa from Godolphin Racing and will stand him at his Get Away Farm near Reddick, Fla. The 4-year-old son of Petionville will stand for $5,000.
Two Step Salsa won or placed in nine of a dozen races and earned $1,104,040. Initially campaigned by breeder/owner Jeff Nielsen’s Everest Stables and trained by Julio Canani, Two Step Salsa captured two stakes and placed in three others in the Everest silks.
As 3-year-old in 2008, he captured the Lazaro Barrera Memorial Stakes (gr. II) and the Affirmed Handicap (gr. III) in consecutive starts at Hollywood Park and then ran second in the Swaps Stakes (gr. II) at Hollywood, with grade I winner Colonel John finishing third. He closed out the year with a third-place effort in the TVG Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile.
Two Step Salsa raced this year for Godolphin, founded by Sheikh Mohammed. He captured the Godolphin Mile Sponsored by Etisalat (UAE-II) and finished fourth in the True North (gr. II) and Salvator Mile (gr. III) Handicaps.
Two Step Salsa, a grandson of Seeking the Gold, is out of the Seattle Slew mare Two to Waltz. The Seeking the Gold/Seattle Slew cross is responsible for grade I winner Cape Town and French champion Seeking the Pearl.
ALL NIGHT LABOR WINS STAKE BY 3 1/4 LENGTHS
ALL NIGHT LABOR wins the $75,000 George Rosenberger Memorial Stake at Delaware Park by 3 1/4 lengths.
ALL NIGHT LABOR broke alertly to set the pace, turned back the challenge of SEA WIND after six furlongs then was kept to her task for owner/breeder Porter Racing Stable LLC and trainer Randy Nunley. The 5-year-old DOUBLE HONOR mare is out of winner All Nighter by Notebook.
WILDEYDSOUTHERNBOY WINS THE ZEN STAKES AT ARLINGTON PARK
WILDEYDSOUTHERNBOY, a 4-Year-Old by Double Honor wins the Zen Stakes at Arlington Park for owner/breeder Homewrecker Stable and trainer Hugh Robertson. WILDEYDSOUTHERNBOY settled early and was well rated, was asked at the top of the stretch and responded well winning by 2 3/4 lengths.
DOUBLE HONOR MARE SCORES IN HONOR OF DERBY DAY
Inhonorofjohnnie kept intact her perfect in-the-money record for 2008
by winning a $23,500 allowance race at Tampa Bay Downs on Kentucky
Derby Saturday. The 7-year-old daughter of Double Honor was much the
best, drawing off in the stretch to score by four lengths under Jesse
Garcia, while getting the mile on the grass in 1:35:53.
Inhonorofjohnnie's record for 2008 is 2-2-1 in five starts. She
is an among the 30 runners in the Double Honor $100,000+ club with
lifetime earnings of $185,418.
SECOND STAKES VICTORY FOR DOUBLE HONOR FILLY
All Night Labor won her fourth consecutive race since Feb. 24, and
second in a row in a stakes, when she won the $75,000 Bristol Stakes at
Philadelphia Park on April 22.
With Stewart Elliott riding, the 4-year-old Double Honor filly sat just
off the early pace, took over the lead at the quarter pole, then held
off favored Lil's Lassie by a length at the wire. She covered the mile
and 70 yards in 1:43:26, collecting a paycheck of $43,700 for her owner
and breeder, Porter Racing Stable. All Night Labor had captured the
$68,000 Perfect Poppy Stakes at Aqueduct in her previous start and has
now raised her earnings to $263,930 on a record of 7-5-1 in 18 starts.
DOUBLE HONOR COLT POSTS FASTEST QUARTER AT OBS UNDER TACK SHOW
Tuesday, April 15, during the first session of the under tack show for
the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. spring sale of 2-year-olds in training,
the fastest worker at a quarter-mile was Triple Honor, with a clocking
of :21. Consigned by Blue River Bloodstock, agent, the dark bay or
brown son of Double Honor is out of the 13-year-old winning Honor
Grades mare Cool Grades. She is from the family of grade II winner
Forty One Carats and grade III winner American Spirit.
DOUBLE HONOR FILLY WINS STAKES DEBUT
It took owner/trainer Tracy Nunley 17 races to finally enter All Night
Labor in stakes competition, with the result that Double Honor gained
his 16th stakes-winner. All Night Long captured the $68,500
Perfect Poppy Stakes at Aqueduct on Arpil 2, battling head-and-head for
the lead almost the entire way under Rodrigo Madrigal Jr., before
prevailing by a length at the wire. She was clocked in 1:38:06 for the
mile. It was the second victory in as many starts in 2008 for the
4-year-old Double Honor filly, who raised her overall record to 6-5-1
and her earnings to $220,350.
DOUBLE HONOR SOPHOMORE REACHES TWO MILESTONES
Double or Nothing scored a half-length victory in the $64,600 Private
Terms Stakes at Laurel Park on March 22 and added his name to two
important growing lists of the stallion Double Honor. The
3-year-old gelding became another first-time stakes-winner for his
sire, at the same time surpassing the $100,000 mark in earnings. The
$36,000 winner's check from the one-mile race boosted his earnings to
$133,782 on a record of 3-5-0 in 12 starts.
10 VICTORIES, $116,927 AND YET ANOTHER NEW MEMBER TO THE DOUBLE HONOR $100,000 CLUB
Holiday Moment shipped to Tampa Bay Downs in December needing nearly
$19,000 to reach the coveted $100,000 mark in earnings. With three
victories and a second under his belt at the meeting, the 5-year-old
Double Honor gelding has joined that rapidly-growing club for his sire,
with $116,927 in the bank. Holiday Moment captured a $20,200
allowance race at seven furlongs on March 21, coming from behind with a
powerful stretch run to score by half a length in a solid 1:24:33. It
was the second victory in his last three starts for the gelding, and
his 10th career victory.
DOUBLE HONOR COLT EXCELS AT GULFSTREAM
Highly Honored, a 3-year-old Double Honor colt, defeated a
highly-regarded Live Oak Stud runner in a $46,500 allowance race over
the Gulfstream Park turf course on March 1. Highly Honored earned a
check for $29,900 after completing the mile and a sixteenth in a solid
1:41:28, and raised his total to $61,335. It was the second straight
victory at the Gulfstream meeting for the $125,000 OBS April
2-year-old. The runner-up and 8/5 favorite, El Sultry Sun, is a
half-brother to millionaires Sultry Sun and Solar Splendor.
CAN'T STOP DOUBLE HONOR COLT
Cant Stop Me appeared hopelessly out of contention at the top of the
stretch in a $46,500 allowance race at Gulfstream Park on Feb. 25. But
jockey Manny Cruz shifted the 4-year-old Double Honor colt into
overdrive and Cant Stop Me inhaled the field in the last sixteenth and
was going away at the wire by nearly two lengths.
Cant Stop Me was clocked in :55:37 for the five furlongs on the turf as
he recorded his third victory for Funky Monkey Stable and trainer Susan
Richardson. The $19,000 OBS April 2-year-old increased his earnings to
$65,010 and has won or placed in seven of eight starts.
DOUBLE HONOR FILLY GRADE I PLACED AT SANTA ANITA
Lovely Isle rebounded from her recent effort in the
Grade 2 Old Hat Stakes at Gulfstream Park to finish a bang-up second in
the Grade I Las Virgenes at Santa Anita on Feb. 9. The 3-year-old
daughter of Double Honor took the lead early in the one-mile race,
passed the seven furlongs in a sizzling 1:22:88, then was nailed in the
shadow of the wire by Golden Doc A, by a length. While this was just
the second stakes try by Lovely Isle, the winner had finished first,
second or third in five stakes. Lovely Isle,
who had won her first two career starts by a combined 20 1/4 lengths at
Aqueduct, collected a check of $50,000 from the $250,000 purse, and
went over the $100,000 mark in earnings in just four starts.
DOUBLE HONOR 5YO BREAKS $300,000 MARK in G2 APPLETON H.
Jet Propulsion, Double Honor's second biggest money-winner, has also
become the stallion's second runner to break the $300,000 mark in
career earnings. The 5-year-old gelding finished a solid third in
the Gr. III Appleton Handicap on the grass at Gulfstream Park on Jan.
27, collecting $12,500 for the effort. He was beaten just one length by
multiple stakes-winner Buffalo Man, who was on the Kentucky Derby trail
early last year before sitting out nearly nine months due to
injury. Jet Propulsion, winner of the Gr. III Miami Beach
Handicap and Carterista Handicap last year, is now 8-9-2 in 34 starts
with earnings of $301,925.
DOUBLE HONOR HAS FIRST TWO-TIME WINNER OF '08
The new year was only nine days old when Double Honor became the first
stallion to have a repeat winner. Handsome Reward, a 3-year-old colt
who had broken his maiden at Aqueduct on Jan. 1, came right back at the
Big A under Mike Luzzi and made it two straight in a $50,000 starter
allowance. Racing six furlongs, Handsome Reward
came from mid-pack, took the lead in mid-stretch and drew off by
three-quarters of a length in 1:10:68. Bred by Farnsworth Farms, the
$37,000 OBS April 2-year-old earned a check of $28,800 for his owner,
Winning Move Stable.
DOUBLE HONOR PASSES $3 MILLION MARK IN 2007
With five days remaining on the 2007 racing calendar, Double Honor has
achieved a significant milestone - his first $3 million season. After
beginning strongly with progeny earnings of $457,579 with his first
crop in 2002, Double Honor's numbers have shown an increase every year,
including earnings of more than $2 million from 2004-2006. On Dec. 26,
he reached $3,000,925 and is closing in on $13 million lifetime.
SOPHOMORE COLT IS 7TH BLACKTYPE PERFORMER THIS YEAR FOR DOUBLE HONOR
World War, a 3-year-old Double Honor colt, finished third in the Kaiser Stakes
at Calder on Dec. 16 and approaches the $100,000 mark in earnings.
10 DAYS — FOUR MAJOR TRACKS — EIGHT WINNERS — BY COMBINED 46 1/2 LENGTHS
It began with Proud Honoree winning by 10 lengths at Hawthorne on Nov. 29. Two
days later, El Profeta captured an allowance race at Calder - by four lengths -
for his third straight victory. Then, Honored Prince won at Calder by 2 1/4
lengths on Dec. 2, and Legacy's Honor won by three at Calder the next day. At
Laurel Park on Dec. 6, Double or Quits broke her maiden by 8 1/2 lengths,
followed by the sensational 16 1/2-length allowance score by Lovely Isle at
Aqueduct the next day. On Dec. 7, Als Big Girl broke her maiden at Calder by
two lengths, and on the 8th, Joey the Scholar won a $24,500 allowance at Calder.
TWO-YEAR-OLD DOUBLE HONOR FILLY SCORES SIZZLING ALLOWANCE VICTORY IN NEW YORK
Lovely Isle, a 2-year-old Double Honor filly, ran away and hid in a $53,000
starter allowance at Aqueduct on Dec. 6. With Ramon Dominguez aboard, Lovely
Isle was in front by 16 1/2 lengths at the wire, covering six furlongs in a
The victory was the second in two starts for the filly,
who made her debut at the Big A back on Oct. 31 and came from next-to-last place
in an eight-horse field to win going away by 3 3/4 lengths; she was clocked in
1:10 3/5. Lovely Isle, who sold for $20,000 at OBS in April, has earned $51,000
in her two races.
DOUBLE HONOR SIRES FIVE BLACKTYPE PERFORMERS WITHIN 30 DAYS
With an incredible surge of success during August and September, DOUBLE HONOR sired FOUR
stakes winners and one stakes-placer. The former #1 Florida Sire by progeny earnings
has current progeny earnings of more than $2.4 million. His 2007
stakes winners include: 2yo ULTIMATE AUTHORITY, 3yo DOUBLE ACTION, 4yo JET PROPULSION and 5yo CUT THE MUSTARD.
All Night Labor produces win
All Night Labor squeezed right over to the rail, took the lead and continued to exert herself to win by eight-and-a-quarter lengths in a first level allowance race Saturday, June 9, at Delaware Park. The three-year-old daughter of leading Florida sire Double Honor finished the one-and-one-sixteenth miles in 1:44 2/5. Her sire was Florida’s leading sire in 2005 and is currently the ninth-leading sire in Florida. The son of Gone West is the sire of two 2007 stakes winners—Jet Propulsion and Double Action. Double Honor stands for $3,500 and is the sire of 12 stakes winners.
Double Honor gains 12th stakes winner
Double Honor gained his twelfth stakes winner May 6 when Double Action won the $53,625 Golden Bear Stakes at Golden Gate Fields in Albany, Calif. The three-year-old son of Double Honor settled in mid-pack before moving to the lead and drawing off to win the six-furlong race in 1:09 flat by four-and-a-half lengths. Double Honor stands for $3,500 and was the leading Florida sire in 2005. The son of Gone West had two stakes winners in the past week. The other was Jet Propulsion in the grade-three Miami Mile Breeders’ Cup Handicap on April 28.
Son of Double Honor wins G3 stakes
Jet Propulsion, a son of Double Honor, led wire-to-wire April 28 to win the G3 Miami Mile Breeders’ Cup Handicap at Calder Race Course. The four-year-old gelding added $45,000 to his earnings to boost them over $200,000. Jet Propulsion had previously won the $100,000 Needles Stakes at Calder last fall. The win was his seventh in 26 starts. However, he has a much better record on grass where he has won six of 14 starts. His record over the Calder turf course is five wins in eight starts. Double Honor was Florida’s leading sire in 2005. He stands for $3,500.
Eastern breaks maiden
Eastern, a three-year-old colt by Double Honor, broke his maiden in his second start April 28 at Calder Race Course. Breaking from the nine post, Eastern went right to the lead and ran away to win by two lengths in the five-and-a-half furlong race. Eastern was making his second start and first in seven months. Double Honor stands for $3,500. The son of Gone West was the leading Florida sire in 2005.
Double Honor filly is primetime
Primetime Princess went immediately to the leading and asserted herself in the stretch to win by a length in a first level allowance race Saturday, March 31, at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas. A daughter of leading Florida stallion Double Honor, Primetime Princess won her third start in seven starts on the main track for earnings of more than $93,000. Double Honor, a grade-three winning son of Gone West, was Florida’s leading sire in 2005. He stands for $3,500.
WORLD WAR ENDS WITH VICTORY
A two-year-old colt by Double Honor, World War, earned victory in an allowance race at Calder Race Course Dec. 28. After stalking the lead early, World War rushed to the lead and widened to win by two-and-three-quarter lengths. Last year’s leading Florida sire, Double Honor stands at Get Away Farm for $3,500.
GET AWAY FARM OPEN HOUSE
Saturday, December 16th - 1-4 p.m.
Please join us at the stallion barn for Food and Refreshments & Drawing for Complimentary Seasons to:
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CUT THE MUSTARD GRADUATES TO HER SIRE’S (DOUBLE HONOR) 2006 LEADING EARNER STATUS
In a brilliant wire-to-wire allowance win at Bay Meadows, Nov. 26, the 4yo filly increased her 2006 bankroll to $123,625. By current earnings, she now leads the four $100,000+ earners sired by DOUBLE HONOR this year.
RAILROAD (DOUBLE HONOR) STEAMS AHEAD WITH ANOTHER STAKES VICTORY
A multiple stakes winner at two, RAILROAD pushed his 2006 earnings over the $100,000 mark when he scored his second stakes victory this year Winning by two lengths in the one-mile John Henry S. (on the turf) at Bay Meadows, Nov. 24, the 4yo now has career earnings of $184,755.
3YO MULTIPLE STAKES WINNER GIN RUMMY (DOUBLE HONOR) SCORES IN CALDER STAKE
Racing 1 1/16 mi. on the dirt, GIN RUMMY KING captured the Gizmo’s Fortune S, Nov. 18. His lifetime record is now 16-6-4-1 $228,860.
JET PROPULSION (DOUBLE HONOR) TAKES TO THE AIR IN $100,000 NEEDLES STAKES
After a bad stumble leaving the gate, the 3-year-old son of DOUBLE HONOR turned
on the afterburners, rallied three wide going into the stretch and bested the 11
horse field in the Needles S. at Calder, Sept. 23.
Racing1 1/16 miles on the
turf, the stakes win pushed JET PROPULSION’s earnings over the $100,000 mark.
GET AWAY FARM ANNOUNCES STUD FEE AND BREEDER INCENTIVES FOR IMPERIALISM
Owner, Manuel Andrade announced Friday, Kentucky
Derby-placed, multiple Grade 2 stakes winner Imperialism will stand the 2007
breeding season for $5000 live foal, payable when foal stands and nurses.
Furthermore, two special incentives have been implemented to attract breeders
to the first-year stallion.
The initial incentive includes a complimentary season for
the first twenty signed breeding contracts to stakes-producing or Graded
stakes-winning mares. In addition to this incentive, an award in the amount of
$100,000 will be paid to the mare owner signing a 2007 contract for the first
Grade 1 stakes winner sired by Imperialism.
A son of champion sprinter and Leading Sire Langfuhr,
Imperialism won or placed in seven Graded events including the Kentucky
Derby-G1, Hollywood Derby-G1, Santa Anita Derby-G1, etc. and retired sound with
career earnings of $899,772.
Imperialism is the property of Manuel Andrade will take up
stud duty at Get Away Farm near Ocala,
Florida. Inquiries to: Manuel Andrade (561) 371-8006
or Larry Anderson (352) 591-1275.
DOUBLE HONOR SIRES STAKES HORSE AND TWO NEW YORK ALLOWANCE WINNERS IN ONE DAY
In his second stakes performance this year, SW GIN RUMMY KING finished 3rd in the American Dreamer S. at Calder Aug. 20. The 3-year-old now has career earnings of $176,560.
The same day at Saratoga, OK TO PAY set the early pace and drew away in
the stretch to win a 7 furlong allowance race by 2 1/2 lengths on the
main track. Earlier in the day, I’VE GOT HONOR took home
the winner’s portion of a 5 1/2 furlong allowance in the first race at
MGSW AND CLASSICS-PLACED IMPERIALISM TO STAND AT GET AWAY FARM IN 2007
Taub's three-time grade II winner Imperialism has been retired and
sold, trainer Kristin Mulhall revealed Saturday, and will take up stud
duty at Get Away Farm in Ocala, Fla., for the 2007 breeding season.
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CUT THE MUSTARD (DOUBLE HONOR) WINS WIRE-TO-WIRE AT BAY MEADOWS
In allowance company, the 4-year-old filly set the pace and maintained
a clear lead to win the five-furlong test on the turf, Aug. 10th.
WORLD BATTLE (DOUBLE HONOR) WINS CALDER ALLOWANCE
Multiple stakes-placed, World Battle raced a mile on the grass,
drew clear from his nine competitors at the eighth pole to win by 3 1/4
lengths, August 6th. The winning performance raised the 3-year-old’s
current earnings to $85,195.
ANOTHER DOUBLE HONOR 2YO SCORES AT MONMOUTH
MISS DOUBLE TAKE, a full sister to COLLEGE ROAD ($147,880), broke her
maiden at Monmouth Park racing 5 furlongs on the dirt, July 26th.
STAKES VICTORY FOR RAILROAD (DOUBLE HONOR)
In his second blacktype performance this year, RAILROAD captured the Robert K. Kerlan Memorial H. at Hollywood Park, July 9th.