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Sunday, October 30, 2005

Stevie Wonderboy

- Stevie Wonderboy was a hot horse ever since his 46 second workout on Monday, in which observers raved about how easily he did it. And he was hot on the tote board in the Juvenile too; 8-1 in the morning line, he opened at 7-2 and drifted up to 9-2. I was so out of my routine that I never got to check out the show pools, but I imagine there was some Merv Money going on the nose. Like the Juv Fillies, it was a fast pace – :45 3/5 and 1:10 3/5 - two fifths slower than the girls. Henny Hughes emerged with the lead and was strong down the lane, turning the tables on First Samurai. The final time of 1:41 3/5 was more than two seconds faster than the fillies, and the closing fractions of 31.03 for the last 2 ½ furlongs and 6.30 for the last sixteenth show that this was one impressive rally by the winner! This was not a case of the front runners dying; Henny Hughes ran an amazing race in his first start for Kiaran McLaughlin and Steve Wonderboy more so for catching him.

His jockey Garrett Gomez told the UK's Sporting Life:

"I had a decent trip early on, but a horse down on the inside swung out at the five-eighths pole, and I clipped heels with him.

"I took back a little and dropped to the inside, and from the half-mile pole on I was waiting to push the button. When I did, those other two horses (Henny Hughes & First Samurai) gave me more of a fight than I expected.

"My horse has a heckuva turn of foot, but I had trouble getting to them for a minute. When he found his best stride at the sixteenth pole, he wore them down and ran a huge race.
The winner is a son of Stephen Got Even (A.P. Indy/Seattle Slew); I wrote of his highly unusual pedigree in this post; in short, his grandparents are half-brother/sister - he’s inbred 3x3 to the mare Weekend Surprise. The dosage boys will love this one for the Derby with his 1.86; and he has stallions like Roberto, Cox’s Ridge, Seattle Slew, and Secretariat (twice by virtue of his daughter Weekend Surprise) in his first four generations.

The second year stallion Stephen Got Even seems to be coming on after a slow first year in which he had no stakes winners and just five overall. In 2005, he has three stakes winners, including multiple graded winner Don’t Get Mad, and is up to 29 winners overall. The win propels him to number three on the second year sire list by earnings, behind Fusaichi Pegasus and Giant’s Causeway. Just last week his three year old daughter For All We Know took the Grade 2 Lexus Raven Run at Keeneland.

Moral Victory: Already mentioned Henny Hughes. First Samurai was hardly disgraced in defeat. He was further back than usual after a bobble at the start, and picked up horses willingly while wide around the turn, despite the fact that he was, according to Frank Brothers, bothered by the dirt hitting him. He flattened out late from his efforts, but could very well improve when they stretch out and go around two turns. Besides, what Derby aspirant wants to win the Juvenile anyway?

Big Loser: Sorcerer's Stone, bet down to 7-1, was not a factor.


Walter said...

...regarding Stephen Got Even's first crop, you may be interested to know that he had the second-highest priced colt (over $3 million) in the OBS 2yo's-in-training sale last year...the sale-topper was none other than the $4 million Drysdale colt Fusaichi Samurai, who created quite a stir after breaking his maiden, and was as low as 8/1 to win the Derby back in January, for God's Sake...boy, did that one ever fall apart...anyway, the Stephen Got Even colt (whose name i don't remember), was snapped up by Godolphin and of course taken to Europe via the Middle East...he debuted @ 7 furlongs on the grass, and finished second by a neck in a front-running try...i believe he disappeared after that until one of Godophin's preps for the UAE Derby, which he ran very poorly in and hasn't been seen since...some kinda injury, i guess...this is all just recollection, so my facts may be skewed a little, as i haven't done any research on this horse since way back in February or March...but anyway, my point is that Stephen Got Even had a pretty well-regarded 2yo last year also...he seems to be getting some high-quality individuals, in spite of his lack of stakes winners...gimme a minute, and i'll check on that colt's name...

Walter said...

...the colt's name is Dubai Dreamer...hasn't run since March 10th in Dubai...

Stephen Got Even - Blacktie Bid (Black Tie Affair)