A living legend and one of the top ten Stakes producing stallions of all time, More Than Ready is taking care of business in the USA while covering his latest southern book at Vinery Stud.
He sired three stakes winners at Saratoga’s summer meet and followed up with more black-type on Saturday and a half-million dollar yearling at Keeneland’s September Sale on Monday.
Justa Lady (4f More Than Ready – Bet to Win by Pulpit) became his 176th stakes winner in the Tellike Stakes (1000m) at Louisiana Downs on Saturday. She kicked into overdrive and flew home for a three-quarter length victory in a slick 56.13s on turf.
Raced by Kentucky breeder Curtis Green, Justa Lady had won an Oakland Park maiden last year and most recently a Churchill Downs allowance. “I was very happy to win a stakes race for Curtis,” Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen said. “She’s a nice homebred and ran a very good race.”
More Than Ready enjoyed another banner day with a $500,000 colt and a $350,000 during the opening session of the famed Keeneland September yearling sale.
The colt from Embur’s Song (Unbridled’s Song) was last into the ring on Day 1 and was purchased by Hartley-deRenzo Thoroughbreds. His dam set a track-record winning the Keenland’s Doubledogdare Stakes-Gr.3 and she is also a half-sister to the dam of Belmont Stakes-Gr.1 winner Exaggerator.
More Than Ready’s filly from Heatherdoesntbluff (Old Trieste) was purchased by agent Mike Ryan. Her dam has already produced Hollywood Starlet-Gr.1 winner Killer Graces (Congaree).
There are a total of 53 yearlings catalogued by the Vinery shuttler at Keenland through to September 23.
More Than Ready is commercial as ever at the sales this year with three million-dollar graduates at the Gold Coast Magic Millions in January, Fasig-Tipton Florida 2YO Sale in March and Ocala Florida 2YO Sale in April.
He also smashed the record for a foal in Victoria with a $310,000 colt at the Inglis Great Southern Sale in June.
More Than Ready is as virile and fertile as the majority of young stallions half his age in the Hunter Valley coming off a U.S season where he returned 111 pregnancies from 118 mares covered.