WinStar buys into Champagne (G1) winner Daredevil
Friday, October 24, 2014
Kenny Troutt’s WinStar Farm has acquired half interest in undefeated Champagne S. (G1) winner and leading 2-year-old colt Daredevil in a partnership with Let’s Go Stable that was announced Friday.
 
The deal calls for the Grade 1-winning son of More Than Ready to stand alongside his sire at WinStar Farm in Versailles, KY at the close of his promising racing career. Todd Pletcher will remain as trainer of Daredevil, who continues preparation for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) Nov. 1 at Santa Anita.

“We had been patiently looking for a top son of our leading sire More Than Ready to bring alongside in the WinStar stallion ranks, and we believe Daredevil is the most exciting one to come along yet,” said Elliott Walden, President, CEO, & Racing Manager at WinStar. “He is a Grade 1 winner on dirt, and extremely fast. His 107 Beyer winning the Champagne in hand makes him the fastest 2-year-old colt since Uncle Mo. I love the fact that there are five Grade 1 winners under his first two dams. I also love that Todd Pletcher picked him out as a yearling; nobody knows More Than Ready better than Todd, Mr. Scatuorchio, and the guys at Let’s Go Stable. We are grateful to be partners with Let’s Go in this promising young star, and we hope to share in all of the success they have had in such a short amount of time. We can't wait to race Daredevil, and eventually add him to our stallion roster.”

Daredevil’s 107 Beyer Speed Figure winning the Oct. 4 Champagne S. (G1) at Belmont represents the fastest Beyer recorded by a 2-year-old colt since 2010. The undefeated colt covered the mile in 1:36 3/5, finishing in hand the final sixteenth of a mile to soundly defeat an accomplished field of 2-year-olds. A month prior, Daredevil scored an impressive 6 ¼-length debut win at Belmont, zipping six furlongs in 1:09 4/5 and earning a 96 Beyer – the fastest Beyer recorded by a 2-year-old first-time starter on dirt in 2014.

The chestnut colt hails from the multiple Grade 1-producing Forty Niner mare Chasethewildwind, and was purchased for $260,000 by Todd Pletcher as agent for Let’s Go Stable at the 2013 Keeneland September yearling sale. Daredevil has earned $345,000 to date.
Speightstown's Old Chestnut goes gate-to-wire in Ontario Racing S. at Woodbine title=
Speightstown

Speightstown's Old Chestnut goes gate-to-wire in Ontario Racing S. at Woodbine

Old Chestnut drew off in the Woodbine stretch to win the $100,000 Ontario Racing S. by nearly four lengths in front-running style on Sunday afternoon...

[read more]

Tourist colt hammers for $150,000 Sunday at Keeneland title=

Tourist colt hammers for $150,000 Sunday at Keeneland

Tourist's first yearling to sell at the Keeneland September Yearling sale brought a top bid of $150,000 on Sunday afternoon...

[read more]

Carpe Diem colt debuts a winner in Belmont Park maiden special weight title=
Carpe Diem

Carpe Diem colt debuts a winner in Belmont Park maiden special weight

Harris Bay turned in a very sharp debut effort Sunday afternoon at Belmont Park, zipping through six furlongs in 1:09.21...

[read more]

Dennis' Moment shines once again in $200,000 Iroquois S. (G2) title=
Tiznow

Dennis' Moment shines once again in $200,000 Iroquois S. (G2)

Tiznow's brilliant 2-year-old colt toyed with his competition in Saturday's $200,000 Iroquois S. (G2) at Churchill Downs, winning the 1 1/16-mile contest by 1 3/4-lengths...

[read more]

Paynter's Lazy Daisy comes cross country to win Pocahontas S. (G2) title=
Paynter

Paynter's Lazy Daisy comes cross country to win Pocahontas S. (G2)

Lazy Daisy shipped from her southern California base for Saturday's $200,000 Pocahontas S. (G2) at Churchill Downs, and the 2-year-old Paynter filly rewarded her connections with a gritty 1 1/4-length win...

[read more]

Yorkton defends title in $125,000 Bold Venture S. (G3) title=
Speightstown

Yorkton defends title in $125,000 Bold Venture S. (G3)

Yorkton captured the second straight running of the Bold Venture S. (G3) Saturday at Woodbine, giving the 5-year-old son of Speightstown his second career graded stakes win...

[read more]

Exaggerator has best results of sale Saturday at Keeneland title=
Exaggerator

Exaggerator has best results of sale Saturday at Keeneland

First-Crop yearling sire Exaggerator had his best result to date at Keeneland September Yearling sale during the first Saturday session of the Sept. 9-22 auction when hip No. 1117 sold for $400,000...

[read more]

More big returns for Exaggerator Friday at Keeneland title=
Exaggerator

More big returns for Exaggerator Friday at Keeneland

Book 2 of the Sept. 9-22 Keeneland Yearling sale began Friday and the numbers continued to be very strong for Exaggerator's first crop...

[read more]

$400,000 colt sets tone for Constitution Friday at Keeneland title=
Constitution

$400,000 colt sets tone for Constitution Friday at Keeneland

Leading First-Crop sire Constitution's first offerings at the Sept. 9-22 Keeneland Yearling sale came on Friday, with a $400,000 colt topping the day...

[read more]

Speightstown kicks off Keeneland Book 2 with $700,000 colt title=
Speightstown

Speightstown kicks off Keeneland Book 2 with $700,000 colt

After finishing Book 1 of the Keeneland September Yearling sale with his usual strong results, Speightstown picked right up when Book 2 started on Friday with a $700,000 colt...

[read more]