Our Best Turf Sprinters Racing in Year 48

Name A S Source Sire Dam Dam Sire St 1st 2nd 3rd Earn Comments
Gunmetal Grey 2 C SB   2.25m Mr. Grey Made of Steel As to War 5 5 0 0 930k G1 at 2
Periodical 3 F Homebred Typhoon Bay Nice Article Reckoner 11 5 3 1 333k Multiple SW at 2, G2 at 3
Tell Me Once 2 C Gift Doesit Need Saying Unbreak My Heart Silent Jig 6 5 1 0 317k G1 at 2
Revelate 4 G SB   2.35m Adamantium Plate Beat of Your Heart Beat Black 17 7 2 2 241k Multiple SW at 2, multiple SW at 3
Mohawk Rebellion 3 C Homebred Karakontie Consoler Terrorized 10 3 2 2 142k GPS stakes winner at 2
Rockets Away 4 G Homebred Mikki Rocket Au Revoir French Revolt 19 5 3 5 143k G2 placed at 2; SW at 4

 

 

Our All Time Best Turf Sprinters
Name YOB S Source Sire Dam Dam Sire St 1st 2nd 3rd Earn Comments
DANNY PINK YR42 C  SB          4.2m Exterminate Waddle No Bias No Hate 26 13 4 4 1252k G1 at 2. G3 at 3; G1 at 4, multiple SW at 5
GUNMETAL GREY YR46 C SB      2.25m Mr. Grey Made of Steel As to War 5 5 0 0 930k Still Racing
THOUSANDS YR28 F SB      1.347m Wriggle Gold Nugget Rock of Gibraltar 26 14 6 2 821k YR 32,33 South Pacific Older Female
DEVINE INSPIRATION YR29 G SB         384k Devine Park Gold Nugget Rock of Gibraltar 40 13 11 4 757k Went from wings to wow at age 6
EXCESSIVE VOW YR30 G HB Excess Stand Beside Her Right Hand Man 41 13 13 8 733k Was once the farm's leading homebred TB

 

 

 

HEADSHOTS

LADY ME

YR43 Chestnut Thoroughbred Filly - Turf Sprinter

(Black Glove x Buena Vista, by Special Week)

20: 11-3-1 $664,250

YR45 Asian CHAMPION Two Year Old Female

A 3.2 million Steward-bred yearling, LADY ME carried high hopes when she was sent to Asia for her juvenile career.  She answered everything asked of her, as she reeled off six straight victories, topped by the Grade 1 Apache Cat Stakes, and clinched the regional championship.  When shipped to the U.S. for the Steward's Cup, she was well beaten.

 

At 3, she was sent to Barbados, but could only hit the board once in three starts.  She was in the U.S. for the next two, and was back in the winner's circle with a TX-bred stakes victory.  She was sent to Asia for a sponsored stakes, where she closed out the season with a victory.

 

LADY ME was sent to the South Pacific for her 4yo season, and she won two listed stakes.  That was followed by two stakes placings, and then an off the board effort.  She was third in another listed stakes, and then closed out her career with a victory.

 

She retired to the broodmare band in Japan, being assessed to be a "formidable" mare.

 

Lady Me

 

DANNY PINK

YR42 Chestnut Thoroughbred Colt - Turf Sprinter

(Exterminate x Waddle, by No Bias No Hate)

26: 13-4-4 $1,252,250

YR44 African CHAMPION Two Year Old Male

A 4.2 million Steward-bred yearling, DANNY PINK was the third most expensive purchase by Magic Raven Ranch.  He took a big step toward proving his value when he was sent to Africa for his 2yo season.  He never missed a beat there, winning all six starts, and topping off the streak with the Grade 1 Bronze Horseshoe, thereby becoming the continent's obvious juvenile champion.  He was shipped to the U.S. for the Steward's Cup, but could only get fourth.

 

DANNY PINK started off his sophomore season in the islands region, but still couldn't do better than fourth.  Shipped to Europe, he took a listed stakes, and then followed it up with a victory in the Grade 3 Prix Right Hand Man.  He could once again only get fourth in the Grade 1 Prix de la Goldikova, but rebounded to take a listed stakes, before ending the season with a third in the Grade 1 Runawy Stakes.

 

DANNY PINK was sent to the U.S. for his 4yo season, and could only place in his first four efforts.  Finally, he took a sponsored stakes Week 12, and then was shipped to Japan, where he was second in the Grade 1 Nakayama Sprinters Stakes.  The decision had already been made to keep him in training at five, when he closed out the year with a victory in the Grade 1 Tokyo Sprint Championship, thereby becoming a millonaire.

 

  His final season proved to be anti-climatic, as he won two listed stakes in five starts.  He was retired to stud in Japan.

Danny Pink

 

 

GRASP MUCH

YR37 Gray Thoroughbred Gelding - Turf Sprinter

(Reach for the Moon x Much Color, by Excess)

26: 7-5-3 $146,650

YR39 Islands CHAMPION Two Year Old Male

In Week 14 of his juvenile season,  GRASP MUCH won the Grade 2 Barbados Juvenile Turf for his first, and what would turn out to be, only stakes victory.  He had previously broken his maiden in Barbados, and those two victories were enough to get him a SIMMY championship.  That year, he also won an allowance race and placed in a stakes, both restricted to TX-breds.  At three, he was only able to get an open allowance victory.  At four, he won a TX-bred starter allowance.  He concluded his 5yo season with two consecutive open allowance victories.  He had regressed two gallop levels at six, and was retired after two starts.  While his career overall wasn't very impressive, he was consistent enough to earn nearly 150k while winning through the age of five.   He has been pensioned to Magic Raven Japan.  

Grasp Much

 

MIDNIGHT MARTYR

YR37 Black Thoroughbred Colt - Turf Sprinter

(Perfect Night x Golden Saint, by St. Eustatius)

14: 7-3-1 $440,000

While turf miler War Lock was the first "scary" Thoroughbred for the farm, MIDNIGHT MARTYR was the first to have that designation from his initial gallop.  After he'd won his first two races, which were overnight events, a headshot was ordered during a special discount period.  MIDNIGHT MARTYR was then a well-beaten second in his first stakes attempt.  But a few days after getting his headshot, he rebounded with a victory in a Grade 3.  He then took a Grade 2, was third in the Grade 1 Kanaloa Stakes, and then finished off the season with his fifth victory in the Grade 1 Los Campeones Juniors Sprint.  He thereby finished the year as Magic Raven's leading earner for the entire year.  At the beginning of YR40, the SIM's gallop adjustment down-graded him to a "wow", but he still went out and easily won his debut.  He was less successful as the year progressed, and then decision was made to retire him.  However, he did beat a decent field in a sponsored stakes in his final start. His graphic displays a workman-like attitude, while carrying a lot of hope on his back.

Midnight Martyr

 

EXCESSIVE VOW

YR30  Bay Thoroughbred Gelding - Turf Sprinter

(Excess x Stand Beside Her, by Right Hand Man)

41: 13-12-8 $733,450

At the end of his 4yo season in YR 34, EXCESSIVE VOW finished third in a Grade 2 stakes.  That put his earnings at over 400k, and he became Magic Raven's leading homebred Thoroughbred.  Up to that point, he had finished as far back as fourth only once, while racing exclusively in stakes, save for his victorious career debut.  He is also the leading offspring of his sire, who has other amazingly consistent offspring.  This boy's 5yo season is a little more dubious, but he was still galloping "stakes", and won another stakes midway through the year, and a strong second at the end of the season prompted the decision to race him at six. It was in his second start at six, when he won an allowance race, that he went over the half million dollar mark in earnings.  He continued to place in stakes throughout the year, and then got his first stakes victory in over a year Week 12. At the age of seven, he began the season with a wire-to-wire stakes victory, and got another stakes victory two races later.  At the end of the season, he was fifth twice in a row, so was finally retired.  In 41 starts, he had failed to earn part of the purse only once.   I like the "friendly gelding" expression of this headshot, especially with the way the forelock seems to have a mind of its own.

 

Excessive Vow

 

THOUSANDS

YR28 Chestnut Thoroughbred Filly - Turf Sprinter

(Wriggle x Gold Nugget, by Rock of Gibraltar)

26: 14-6-2 $820,650  

YR32 CHAMPION South Pacific Older Female,  Sprinter nominee

YR33 CHAMPION South Pacific Older Female

I absolutely love the "racy" assertiveness and nobility of this headshot.  The look in the eye and the mane are particularly great, as is the side view of the stripe.  The Steward-bred select yearling sale of Year 29 was a rare occasion where I made a point of trying to obtain a specific horse, and I was successful.  Since THOUSANDS was a half-sister to the farm's top runner, EXCESS, I was willing to go to $1,347,000 to obtain her.  THOUSANDS jumped right out with four consecutive listed stakes victories.  She then lost when facing tougher competition, and was fifth in the Steward's Cup.  At three, she was second three consecutive times, and then closed out the year with three consecutive victories, including a Grade 3.  She spent her entire 4yo and 5yo seasons in Australia, and won three consecutive stakes at four, including a Grade 2, before losing her next two.  She then won her final start of the season, earning two SIMMY nominations for the region.   It was a risk to consider running her at five, but it turned out to be her most impressive year.  Not only did she beat colts in a Grade 2, but she was second against the boys in the Grade 1 Instant Millions Cup.   Perhaps most amazing, she threw in a bad clunker Week 10, and then turned around Week 13 to win a Grade 3, scoring a lifetime best speed figure of 79.  As a "formidable" broodmare, she wasn't near as impressive in the breeding shed, but did get a 200k earner in the gelding Mr. Many (by Mr.  Vain).

 

 

thousands

 

 

TERRORIZED

YR29 Chestnut Thoroughbred Colt - Turf Sprinter

(Night Shade x Tranquilize, by King's Best)

20: 8-4-3 $487,750  

YR31 European Champion 2YO Male, YR33 African Sprinter Nominee

Year 31 was my first experience with having a Thoroughbred youngster conclude a season with two Grade 3 wins, and that being enough to earn him a SIMMY award.  Perhaps his 80 speed fig in his last start was the clincher.  He'd also won a 100k listed stakes earlier in the year, and was second in a Grade 3.  He actually lost his debut, and only had one challenger when he broke his maiden.  But he seemed to put it all together as his juvenile campaign progressed.  He started his 3yo season in dismal fashion, but he once again pulled it together to conclude the year with three consecutive Grade 3 victories.  At four, he was a Grade 2 winner and Grade 1 placed, and then was retired to stud.  His headshot expression seems to hint at his name.  I like the threatening teeth.  At first his ears looked short, but then I realized it's the angle, since he seem to be expressing his displeasure.  I think he's eager to get going and not have to deal with all the pomp and circumstance surrounding his races.

While TERRORIZED never got much interest at stud, he sired the 500k-earning mare Consoler, and had 6.5% stakes winners, and 68.8% winners, at the time he was pensioned.

Terrorized

 

 

 

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