Stakes double for Harlan's Holiday
Saturday, March 02, 2013
WinStar Farm's General Election gave his sire Harlan's Holiday his second stakes winner of the day in the $75,000 John Battaglia Memorial S. Saturday at Turfway Park. Earlier in the day, Summer Applause took the Grade 2 Top Flight H. at Aqueduct.

The Battaglia was the first stakes win for 3-year-old Kentucky-bred colt. Today's two stakes winners have put Harlan's Holiday over the $1 million mark in progeny earnings this year, making him one of only eight North American sires in seven-figure territory.

The Battaglia theatrics started right when the gates sprang open, with Admiral Kitten stumbling badly from post 5 and Mellow Fellow veering severely to the right from post 3.  

General Election, who broke from post seven, meanwhile had avoided the tangle and settled five wide and in seventh in the 11-horse field. He made a bold move some eight wide coming into the stretch, then avoided more trouble to his inside the eighth pole, eventually winning by a half-length, getting the 1 1/16-mile distance in 1:46.13.

General Election got back to his winning ways after a couple of disappointing efforts at Fair Grounds in New Orleans.

"He really hadn't run well on the dirt at Fair Grounds," said trainer Kellyn Gorder. "He won his first race on dirt, so we thought he just didn't get hold of the racetrack at Fair Grounds. We tried blinkers (in his second race there) and that didn't work. We were deciding between the OBS Stakes (in Ocala next week) or here, and we decided to send him here.

"I told Albin (Jimenez, winning rider) to lay mid-pack and make a nice run. We knew there was plenty of speed in the race, so it set up good for us. I thought this race came up tough."

Gorder said General Election could return for the Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral S. (G3) on March 23, but that he would discuss the colt's next move with Elliott Walden, president, CEO, and racing manager of owner WinStar Farm LLC.

General Election now has two wins and one second from four starts and earnings of $81,910. He was bred in Kentucky by Meg Buckley and Mike Buckley. WinStar purchased General Election for $150,000 at the 2012 OBS March 2-year-old sale.
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]