Machen gets up in time in G3 Derby Trial
Sunday, May 01, 2011
Distorted Humor's Machen got up in the final strides to edge Dominus by a neck to win the $231,400 Derby Trial (G3) for 3-year-olds on April 30th, opening night of the Churchill Downs spring/summer meet.

The Derby Trial, run at one mile, starts at the far end of the long Churchill Downs backstretch chute. Machen came away eighth of nine and was still sixth with just a furlong to run, primarily because of being checked and having to go extremely wide coming into the stretch. Despite the setbacks, the chestnut colt closed with a rush for Edgar Prado to take the lead just before the wire. The final time was 1:35.47.

“He’s been a nice colt,” said winning trainer Neil Howard. “The first quarter I was wondering if they were going fast enough. Then they picked it up a little bit. He looked smooth going into the turn. He was picking up his horse nice. Then he came hard at the end down the lane.”

Howard also commented on plans for his latest stakes winner. “Something long-term like the King’s Bishop (G1, at Saratoga this summer), nice one-turn races like that. That’s a way off.”

A Courtlandt Farm homebred out of the More Than Ready mare Ready’s Gal, herself a multiple graded stakes winner of more than $600,000, Machen posted his first stakes victory. His overall record now stands at 3-0-0 in five starts, with earnings of $216,530. This was his first start outside of Fair Ground Race Course, where he broke his maiden and won an allowance race in January.

Distorted Humor is once again a top 10 North American sire, currently standing in seventh place on the progreny earnings rankings list.
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]

Tiznow TDN Rising Star Kentuckian dominates Grade 3 Laz Barrera S.
Tiznow

Tiznow TDN Rising Star Kentuckian dominates Grade 3 Laz Barrera S.

One day after My Sweet Addiction won the Vanity S. (G1), Tiznow got his second graded stakes winner of the weekend when Kentuckian rolled to victory in Sunday’s Laz Barrera S. (G3)...

[read more]

My Sweet Addiction takes Vanity to become Tiznow’s 13th Grade One winner
Tiznow

My Sweet Addiction takes Vanity to become Tiznow’s 13th Grade One winner

Tiznow got his 13th lifetime Grade 1 winner on Saturday when My Sweet Addiction rallied back to win the 1 1/8-mile Vanity S. by a length...

[read more]

Artie Schiller filly headed to Royal Ascot after Belmont win
Artie Schiller

Artie Schiller filly headed to Royal Ascot after Belmont win

Back at the Ranch cruised to a sharp 2 ¼-length maiden special weight score May 7 at Belmont Park...

[read more]

Pioneerof the Nile’s American Pharoah rules Derby 141
Pioneerof the Nile

Pioneerof the Nile’s American Pharoah rules Derby 141

Pioneerof the Nile’s young stallion career reached new heights on Saturday when American Pharoah triumphed in a thrilling renewal of the Kentucky Derby (G1)...

[read more]