Colonel John filly takes Churchill's G3 Winning Colors, Grade 1 Test on the horizon
Monday, May 26, 2014
Southern Honey bested her older rivals in the $110,000 Winning Colors (G3) on Memorial Day at Churchill Downs to give the Colonel John 3-year-old filly her first stakes win and third straight over the past six weeks.

Colonel John is North America's leading Second Crop sire of winners with 20 and is one of only four sophomore sires with multiple stakes winners.

Ridden by Julien Leparoux and trained by Rusty Arnold, Southern Honey sat a couple lengths off the blistering pace set by Socialbug, who blazed a half-mile in :44.40 seconds. The pace began to take its toll in mid-stretch, and Southern Honey cruised by to win going away by 1 1/2-lengths. She covered the six furlongs over a fast main track in a swift 1:08.67 - the third-fasting clocking in the Winning Colors - and earned a lifetime-best Beyer Speed Figure of 97.

"It went great,” said Arnold. “When we drew the nine-hole I was thrilled because I knew how much speed was in here, and it gave us a chance to ease her off the speed if she would do it and she had a perfect trip. It was just what we were looking for."

The victory was worth $66,067 and improved Southern Honey's earnings to $150,017 for owner Glenn Bromagen's Ashbrook Farm. Her career mark now stands at 5-3-1-0. She began her current winning streak with a maiden win Apr. 5 at Keeneland and an allowance victory on the Kentucky Oaks Day  undercard.

Southern Honey is out of the Carson City mare Mama Tia and bred in Kentucky by Mandy Pope's Whisper Hill Farm LLC. Bromagen acquired his newest stakes winner out of the 2012 Keeneland September Yearling Sale, going to $180,000 to secure her.
Arnold outlined his plans for Southern Honey as well. "My goal is the Test (G1, $500,000 race for 3-year-old fillies at seven furlongs on Aug. 2 at Saratoga). That's really why I didn't ship her. I was going to have to ship her all the way to New York and then have to come back. But the Victory Ride (G3, $150,000 race for 3-year-old fillies over 6 ½ furlongs on June 29 at Belmont Park) is probably what I'm looking at next."
Drosselmeyer sires one of top 2YOs at Goffs

Drosselmeyer sires one of top 2YOs at Goffs

Two-year-olds by freshman sire Drosselmeyer continued to show strong international appeal, as one of his first-crop juveniles sold for 100,000 Euros, top five among all colts at the Goffs Breeze Up Sale on May 22nd...

[read more]

19th G1 SW for More Than Ready

19th G1 SW for More Than Ready

More Than Ready sired his 19th career Group/Grade 1 winner on May 23rd, when Sheikh Hamdan's Entisaar won the Allan Roberston Championship-G1 at Scottsville Race Course in South Africa...

[read more]

Bright Town cruises in First Lady H.
Speightstown

Bright Town cruises in First Lady H.

Bright Town sauntered to an easy 4 ½-length victory in Monday’s $50,000 First Lady H., the second stakes victory in the career of the 5-year-old daughter of Speightstown...

[read more]

Super Majesty: A Super Saver Rising Star
Super Saver

Super Majesty: A Super Saver Rising Star

Super Majesty sparkled in her debut Sunday at Santa Anita, dominating a field of fillies to win the six furlong maiden special weight affair by a widening 6 ¼-lengths in a very quick 1:08.54...

[read more]

Pioneerof the Nile sires $840K & $500K 2YO colts
Pioneerof the Nile

Pioneerof the Nile sires $840K & $500K 2YO colts

Just two days after American Pharoah won the Preakness S. (G1) in a cakewalk, Pioneerof the Nile sired the top two colts at the opening session of the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic May Sale...

[read more]

American Pharoah dominates Preakness (G1) by seven lengths
Pioneerof the Nile

American Pharoah dominates Preakness (G1) by seven lengths

Pioneerof the Nile’s American Pharoah continued on his quest for the Triple Crown with a spectacular seven length victory in the $1.5 million Preakness S. (G1)...

[read more]

Ironicus’ Dixie S. (G2) win gives Distorted Humor his 130th lifetime SW
Distorted Humor

Ironicus’ Dixie S. (G2) win gives Distorted Humor his 130th lifetime SW

Though he was making his first stakes start, Ironicus looked like a seasoned black-type veteran as he closed from tenth with a quarter mile to run to capture the $300,000 Dixie S. (G2)...

[read more]

Woodwin W runs undefeated streak to four in James Murphy S.
More Than Ready

Woodwin W runs undefeated streak to four in James Murphy S.

More Than Ready’s Woodwin W remained unbeaten with a tough three-quarter length victory in the $100,000 James Murphy S. Saturday at Pimlico...

[read more]

Commissioner rolls to victory in Pimlico Special (G3)

Commissioner rolls to victory in Pimlico Special (G3)

WinStar Farm’s Commissioner scored his second straight graded stakes win in Friday’s $300,000 Pimlico Special...

[read more]

A letter from a G1 Stablemates member

A letter from a G1 Stablemates member

The following is a letter WinStar Farm recently received for one of our Stablemates members. We are very appreciative of the kind words and are thankful we were permitted to share them publicly...

[read more]