QUALITY colt I’m Steppin’ It Up posted back-to-back stakes wins in the USA after adding this weekend’s Chief Tamanaco Stakes to his Kent Stakes win in Delaware last month.

The Anthony Pecoraro trained 3YO has returned in great shape after a successful two-year-old campaign during 2010 which saw him placed third in the Grade 1 Champagne Stakes at Belmont (NY).

I’m Steppin’ It Up was one of four Grade 1 performers and 15 stakes horses sired by Congrats in his debut crop which resulted in him being crowned the USA Champion First Season Sire.

Since then a large proportion of those two-year-olds, together with a growing number of three-year-old season ‘debutantes’ are making their mark in the 2011 season.

”There are quite a lot of two-year-olds that didn’t race in 2010 that were held back for one reason or another to race at three that we are seeing compete now,” says Vinery Stud’s Conor Phelan.

”And that suggests that while Congrats can obvious ‘get’ a two-year-old, there is plenty of water in the well beyond that.”