November 25, 2013
SO SECRET is having a wonderful start with his second crop foals. Just a month ago we told you about some “new kids” on the block stepping out in two year old trials, winning and being placed.
So while the hype of Super Saturday still abounds, the work of preparing the next lot of runners never stops, so off to trials we go!
HAMLET by SO SECRET out of Danish Light stepped out today in trial two, running a great third when doing his best at the finish of the 400m trial.
We then had SECRET ENDEMIC a gelding by SO SECRET out of MARRI PARK SPECIAL who won his trial for trainer Steve Wolfe with Shaun McGruddy on board. It was a gutsy performance leading all the way while being tackled fairly heavily for most of the 1000m, but still going strong to the line.
Followed by HOBART JONES a colt by SO SECRET out of TRIBULOT, who won nicely for Vern Brockman and jockey Ryan Hill. This colt lost some ground at the start and just continued to push through until overtaking them in the straight, before easing to win the 1000m trial.
Trial winners SECRET ENDEMIC and HOBART JONES and previous placegetters SO CUTE and FLYING ROAR are all graduates of the 2013 Magic Millions yearling sale , so it is very gratifying for us to see them make such good early progress, and I’m sure their owners and trainers are equally thrilled.
Certainly makes you believe that we have a quality home grown sire in the making. Onya SO SECRET!
November 11, 2013
BEHOLDER could now win her second Eclipse Award for USA 3 year old filly of the year, having been named USA two year old filly last year. Her owner B. Wayne Hughes said “Champions are made by beating champions,” I think she’s done enough.”
They were her owner’s comments after BEHOLDER by HENNY HUGHES trounced them, trumped them, vanquished them and just plain broke their hearts at the World Breeders Cup meeting at Santa Anita in the Open Fillies and Mares race “The Distaff” Group 1 for $2 million and over 1800m.
She recorded one of her finest victories ever, and possibly the easiest ever, cruising to the line by 4.5 or so lengths. They had no answer for her turn of foot and strength. She really is something special.
This Breeders Cup win goes along with her victory in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1), giving BEHOLDER the distinction of being one of only three horses to win two different Breeders’ Cup races. Zenyatta won the 2008 Distaff and 2009 Classic, while Secret Circle captured the 2011 Juvenile Sprint and this year’s Sprint (G1). What elite names are they to be associated with?