Funtastic takes Grade 1 United Nations S. to top terrific day for More Than Ready
Saturday, June 30, 2018
Funtastic proved he belongs among the turf elites with a brilliant win in the $300,000 United Nations S. (G1) over the Monmouth Park turf course.

Leading all the way in the 1 3/8-mile event, the 4-year-old son of More Than Ready is the 26th lifetime Grade 1 winner for his sire, who also was represented on Saturday by Bashford Manor S. (G3) winner Sir Truebadour.

Funtastic, who had never run in a graded stakes prior to Saturday, was entered by his trainer Chad Brown after urging from the colt's owner Goncalo Torrealba, chairman of Three Chimneys Farm.

“I knew it was a tough race,” said Brown. “The owner really deserves most of the credit here. He was sure this horse could stay a distance of ground in the mile and an eighth, mile and a half races, in the Grade 1 class.”

Funtastic rewarded Torrealba's confidence with a superb effort. Hustled from the gate by his jockey Antonio Gallardo, Funtastic carved out sensible fractions, getting the first six furlongs in 1:13.52. Asked for his run with about three furlongs to go, Funtastic responded well, showing plenty of heart in the final furlong to best Money Multiplier by a half-length in 2:12.36 on the firm turf.

“He was doing well and it worked out,” Brown said of the winner. “Just teamwork and my staff did a fabulous job and Antonio rode a wonderful race to take the initiative out of the gate. He used his horse a little bit early to get that position and then he backed it down just enough to carry him all of the way. I thought it was a really superb ride.”

Funtastic is now 4-2-1 in nine starts and has earned $384,943. Bred in Kentucky by Besilu Stable, Funtastic is the latest foal out of the superb mare Quiet Dance, also the dam of Horse of the Year Saint Liam, Grade 2 winner Quiet Giant and Grade 3 winner Congressionalhonor.
Visit More Than Ready's Page More Than Ready
Super Saver's Green Destiny tastes first stakes success in Ellis Park Debutante title=
Super Saver

Super Saver's Green Destiny tastes first stakes success in Ellis Park Debutante

Green Destiny won her stakes debut in the $100,000 Ellis Park Debutante on Sunday, drawing off in the final furlong to win by four lengths...

[read more]

Speightstown filly zips to TDN Rising Stardom at Saratoga title=
Speightstown

Speightstown filly zips to TDN Rising Stardom at Saratoga

Sharing drew off powerfully in the stretch en route to a 6 1/4-length maiden special weight win Sunday at Saratoga, a performance that earned a the 2-year-old Speightstown filly a TDN Rising Star tag...

[read more]

Carpe Diem fillies record pair of maiden wins title=
Carpe Diem

Carpe Diem fillies record pair of maiden wins

Bella Aurora and Rule the Day both got their initial victories on Aug. 16 to give top-10 First-Crop sire Carpe Diem a total of six winners to date...

[read more]

Daredevil's Deviant dominates in first stakes win title=
Daredevil

Daredevil's Deviant dominates in first stakes win

Deviant became the first stakes winner for Freshman Sire Daredevil on Aug. 14 with a commanding 7 3/4-length victory in the $75,000 El Joven S...

[read more]

Outwork filly hammers for $500,000 Monday at Fasig-Tipton New York Preferred sale title=
Outwork

Outwork filly hammers for $500,000 Monday at Fasig-Tipton New York Preferred sale

Outwork set the record for the highest price ever paid for a filly by a freshman sire Monday at the Fasig-Tipton New York-bred Preferred Yearlings sale...

[read more]

$340,000 Constitution colt tops first day of Fasig-Tipton New York Preferred sale title=
Constitution

$340,000 Constitution colt tops first day of Fasig-Tipton New York Preferred sale

John Terranova, agent, went to $340,000 to secure hip No. 342 during Sunday evening's Fasig-Tipton New York-bred Preferred Yearlings sale, giving Constitution the session-topper...

[read more]

Carpe Diem colt breaks maiden in blowout victory title=
Carpe Diem

Carpe Diem colt breaks maiden in blowout victory

Monforte 8 1/4-length maiden win on Aug. 9 over the Gulfstream Park turf course came despite a driving rainstorm and made him Carpe Diem's fourth First-Crop winner...

[read more]

Constitution colt rolls in Saratoga maiden special weight debut title=
Constitution

Constitution colt rolls in Saratoga maiden special weight debut

Constitution, the number one First-Crop Sire by earnings and graded stakes winners, got his seventh juvenile winner Thursday at Saratoga...

[read more]

Tiznow colt provides fireworks early Tuesday at Fasig-Tipton Saratoga title=
Tiznow

Tiznow colt provides fireworks early Tuesday at Fasig-Tipton Saratoga

Just a few moments into Tuesday's closing session of the Aug. 5-6 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Yearling Sale Juddmonte Farms came away the top bidder at $600,000 for a Tiznow colt...

[read more]

$400,000 filly tops terrific F-T Saratoga sale for Exaggerator title=
Exaggerator

$400,000 filly tops terrific F-T Saratoga sale for Exaggerator

Tuesday's closing session of the Aug. 5-6 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Yearling Sale yielded the best result of the sale for first-crop sire Exaggerator...

[read more]