Super Saver's brother, Brethren, wins again
Monday, November 29, 2010
The hype around Brethren kicked up another notch as the 2-year-old colt ran his record to 2 for 2 after taking a mile allowance race by 1-3/4 lengths over 33-1 El Grayling on Churchill Downs’ “Stars of Tomorrow II” all-juvenile card Saturday.

Brethren is the half-brother to the retired 2010 Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver, both being out of owner-breeder WinStar Farm’s A.P. Indy mare Supercharger. Brethren is by WinStar’s stallion Distorted Humor.

“We’re really excited about him,” said WinStar president Elliott Walden. “At the farm this spring, he was one of our best. He seemed to be genuine. He has a great way of moving, very athletic. He’s a little bit stronger, I think, at this point. Super Saver is a little lighter-made. But what a blessing that mare’s been. We bought her in foal carrying Super Saver to breed to Distorted Humor to get this colt.”

WinStar president Elliott Walden says the farm has always been high on Brethren.

After winning a six-furlong race in good time while racing near the lead in a Belmont Park maiden race, Brethren this time settled toward the back of the pack under Garrett Gomez. He kicked into gear on the turn, coming four wide to go after the leaders, then outfinished El Grayling and Justin Phillip in the final furlong while covering the mile in 1:36.78.

Walden said that Todd Pletcher, who also trained Super Saver and who trains Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Uncle Mo, told him he thought Brethren was “his second- or third-best 2-year-old.

“So that’s a good sign right there,” Walden said.

Because Super Saver had more 2-year-old racing experience, including winning Churchill’s Kentucky Jockey Club, Walden said Brethren could start his 3-year-old career earlier, perhaps in Tampa Bay Downs’ Grade III Sam Davis Stakes in February. Super Saver did not start until mid-March in the Tampa Bay Derby.
American Anthem full of heart in San Carlos S. (G2) victory title=
Bodemeister

American Anthem full of heart in San Carlos S. (G2) victory

American Anthem and St. Joe Bay staged a thrilling stretch duel in Saturday's $250,000 San Carlos S. (G2), with American Anthem coming out on top...

[read more]

Dark Artist collects second straight stakes win in Monmouth's Open Mind S. title=
Paynter

Dark Artist collects second straight stakes win in Monmouth's Open Mind S.

Paynter's up-and-coming 3-year-old filly Dark Artist tallied her second stakes win in a month in the $60,000 Open Mind S. at Monmouth Park...

[read more]

Bodemeister filly proves best in Santa Lucia S. title=
Bodemeister

Bodemeister filly proves best in Santa Lucia S.

Yuvetsi surged past Vale Dori (ARG) at the top of the Santa Anita Park stretch en route to a 2 1/2-length win in Friday's $75,000 Santa Lucia S...

[read more]

Justify makes history with Belmont S. (G1) win title=

Justify makes history with Belmont S. (G1) win

Justify certified his place in racing immortality when he won 150th Belmont S. (G1), defeating Gronkowski by nearly to length to become the 13th winner of the historic Triple Crown...

[read more]

King Humor rules in the Ocala Flame S. title=
Distorted Humor

King Humor rules in the Ocala Flame S.

Undefeated King Humor quickly recovered after a slow start to lead nearly the entire way in the $75,000 Ocala Flame S. on June 7 at Gulfstream Park, ultimately winning by a half-length. The 3-year-old Distorted Humor colt is now three-for-three lifetime, with all three of his wins coming at Gulfstream for owner Heczor Investments Corp. and trainer Victor Barboza, Jr. The chestnut colt's earnings stand at $101,235. A bit tardy at the break, King Humor rushed to the lead soon after. Zipping through the first half-mile in :44.98, he dug in gamely in the stretch to hold off Powerful Venezuela to earn his first stakes victory. The Kentucky-bred winner is the second foal out of the Pleasant Tap mare Taptam, a six-time stakes winner who also placed in the Apple Blossom H. (G1). Distorted Humor is the sire of 145 lifetime stakes winners and 67 graded stakes winners worldwide. This year, his runners have earned nearly $3 million to date and won or placed in 11 stakes.

[read more]

Justify draws post 1 for Belmont S. (G1) title=

Justify draws post 1 for Belmont S. (G1)

Justify's Triple Crown quest in Saturday's Belmont S. (G1) will begin from the inside post position in the field of 10 3-year-olds going the 1 ½-mile “Test of Champions”...

[read more]

Justify has final pre-Belmont S. (G1) workout title=

Justify has final pre-Belmont S. (G1) workout

Justify completed his major prep work for the June 9 Belmont S. (G1) with a five-furlong breeze on Monday morning at Churchill Downs...

[read more]

Mr Paytience trounces foes in TDN Rising Star performance title=
Paynter

Mr Paytience trounces foes in TDN Rising Star performance

Mr Paytience's victory in a maiden special weight contest Sunday at Santa Anita Park was one of the most dynamic wins for a 2-year-old thus far this year...

[read more]

Gallant Catholic Boy prevails in Pennine Ridge S. (G3) title=
More Than Ready

Gallant Catholic Boy prevails in Pennine Ridge S. (G3)

Catholic Boy made one of the most remarkable comebacks of the year in Saturday's Pennine Ridge S. (G3) at Belmont Park...

[read more]

Undefeated Tiznow filly scores first stakes win title=
Tiznow

Undefeated Tiznow filly scores first stakes win

Sirenusa ran her record to a perfect 3-for-3 three with a three-length score in the Northbound Pride Oaks on Memorial Day at Canterbury Park...

[read more]