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More Than Ready - He Sure Is

The welcoming mat is out and brushed awaiting the return of More Than Ready when he arrives back at Vinery for another stud season in the coming weeks.

And what a return! Another Group 1 winner, taking the tally to 13, via courtesy of Verrazano’s stunning victory in the $1million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park, on the sea board of New Jersey.

In a field of seven runners he had the situation under control from the outset; he never looked like being challenged at any stage.

When the judge called a halt, the official margin was nine and a half lengths, some observers said had the breaks been released the margin would have been much greater.

Trainer, Todd Pletcher, has always believed in Verrazano, having prepared More Than Ready to six Black Type wins up to Group 1 level.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled by what he did in the Heskell, it was the most impressive performance by any three year old this year” said Pletcher.

Pletcher is not looking any further than the Group 1 Travers Stakes at Saratoga in upstate New York, at the end of the month.

While most interest centred on Verrazano at present, Watabout’s success at Randwick, and Sugar Rush at Newcastle, each scored well, both are daughters of More Than Ready, a sire that has performed in both hemispheres.    


Big Brown Beating The Drum

Big Brown is beating the drum on both sides of the Atlantic in the U S, and the sound has been heard in Ireland, with the impressive win of Darwin at The Curragh.

There is quite some topside to Darwin; he won a restricted race at Naas, a delightful course, before advancing to Group 3 level in winning The Minstrel Stakes at The Curragh.

The colt is prepared by Aiden O’Brien who can see bright prospects for the lightly raced youngster; he shows a lot of promise and has come to hand sooner than expected.

It was a good solid win at the end of 1600 metres in defeating the French campaigner, Gordon Lord Bryon, he had previously won the Group 1 Prix de la Foret at Longchamp, Fine Top won the race twice, as did Sanedtki and Moorestyle.

Darwin is a son of the Vinery shuttler, Big Brown, he has been making headlines since he was sold as a yearling for $1.3 million at the Fasig –Tipton, Florida sale in March 2012.

“He is still a big baby but has got a great cruising speed and gets over the ground well, “ said Aidan O’Brien.


More Than Ready

Irrespective of increased prize money, and bonuses, it takes a super sire to reach that elusive nine digit figure in progeny earnings.

The only two sires here within that category, are Encosta de Lago and More Than Ready, with Redoute’s Choice about to join the threesome.

Quite a coincidence that Encosta de Lago covered his first book of mares in 1997, the year that More Than Ready was foaled.

More Than Ready has proved the ideal mate when joined to Danehill mares; it has long been a successful nicking pattern.

That was clearly illustrated with two classic winners in Benicio’s win in the V R C Derby, and the dual classic success of Dreamaway in the W A T C Derby and Oaks.

More Than Ready is a potent force when matched with Danehill mares, breeding buffs continue to source out that successful nick.

More Than Ready is the only sire ever crowned Champion juvenile sire in Australia and North America.

Saturday last saw him rise to the occasion again, when Infinite Magic won the Group 3 American Derby at Arlington Park in north west Chicago, in doing so it became the 117th Stakes winner for the son of Southern Halo.

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Big Brown Returning To Vinery

After missing a season due to an injury, shuttle sire, Big Brown, returns to Vinery in the middle of next month for the 2013 breeding season.

He has made a sensational transition from the racetrack, to the breeding barn, in such a short space of time as he was foaled in 2005.

His race record is well documented, seven wins from just eight starts, the best three year old in North America, laying claim to the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, the first two legs of the triple crown.

With 36 individual winners to date, Big Brown has emerged as a serious progenitor in the northern hemisphere.

Shades of Sugar, from the first crop is an exciting filly, she has scored in Listed company and could easily graduate to a Group win on what she has shown.

It could be interesting to see which filly achieves Group level first Bella Castani, or Shades of Sugar, both have won at Listed level, the latter’s two wins have been recorded each by eight lengths.

Big Brown is already an international success, with winners in North America, Canada, Europe and Japan, where he has had four starters for four individual winners.

Among them Apollo Sonic, placed in the Group1 Japan Derby, while this week’s JHRA Select Sales, in Japan, saw a weanling sold for $A 217,371.

Fifteen yearlings by Big Brown, at the Magic Millions in January, were sold for a total of $1.46 million an average of almost $100,000.  


Casino Prince and Husson to Vinery

Vinery has increased its stallion strength with the announcement that Casino Prince, and Husson, will be taking up residence at the renowned stud, in the Hunter Valley.

Both are already proven sires, each has the score on the board, it is now upwards from here on.

It is exciting times for Vinery, with the inclusion of Casino Prince and Husson to stand alongside More Than Ready, Testa Rossa, Mossman and congrats, all have left an indelible mark as successful sires, while waiting in the wings, for his first season, is the proven weight for age performer, All Too Hard.

The negotiation to secure both young sires that have so much to offer has been a master stroke by the management of Vinery.

Casino Prince’s oldest progeny are rising four year olds, he is already credited with four Stakes performers in multiple Group l success, All Too Hard, Escado, South Australia Derby winner, Longport and Sookie.

Over two seasons he has 42 winners to his credit, and 38 place getters, earning $5,740,000 in prize money.

His sire, Flying Spur, was clearly among the better performed sons of Danehill, as a racehorse he won a Golden Slipper Stakes and sired a Slipper winner, reaching the ultimate as a sire with progeny earnings in excess of $103 million.

Casino Prince was not short of talent, when raced he recorded five wins in the best of company, capturing that elusive Group 1 in the weight for age Chipping Norton Stakes, over the mile at Randwick.

Husson can lay his claim, being described as a champion by South American standards, there is no point in arguing about that, furthermore, he never suffered defeat in five starts.

He completely refutes his male line, being by Hussonet who had a great turn of foot, as most of his progeny have inherited.

The top line emphasist is on speed, yet speed is not necessarily the principle ingredient that Husson portrays to his off spring.

He is getting progeny that can perform at a mile or better, with a winner in Peru at 2000 metres, 1800 metres in Argentina and 1600 metres in Australia.

To date Husson has sired 51 winning progeny, and seven Stakes winners, with prize money topping $2.0 million, both Husson and Casino Prince were foaled in 2003.

Vinery offers a wide selection of 13 sires to choose from, to suit the discerning breeder.

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