More Than Ready Shines at Saratoga
Copper Bullet has been working well since shipping to New York from Kentucky, and the results showed in Sunday’s $200,000 Saratoga Special (G2) when the 2-year-old More Than Ready colt took the lead at the quarter pole en route to a four-length victory.
For More Than Ready, Copper Bullet is his 79th lifetime graded stakes winner and his seventh of 2017.
Copper Bullet came to Saratoga after breaking his maiden in his second start by eight lengths (which earned him a TDN Rising Star tag) at Churchill Downs, then finishing second in that track’s Bashford Manor S. (G3) after a troubled trip. With Sunday’s win, he is 2-2-0 in four starts and has earned $177,800 for owners Winchell Thoroughbreds and Willis Horton Racing LLC.
Said winning rider Irad Ortiz, Jr. of Copper Bullet’s finish. ”When we got to the quarter pole, he went on for me, and even after the wire acted like he wanted to do more.”
The winner was bred in Kentucky by Dell Ridge Farm and sold for $200,000 at the 2016 Keeneland September Yearling sale.
Champion Sire More Than Ready is a globally important stallion whose name is recognized in every country in the world that races horses.
One of the youngest in history to attain 100 stakes winners and 1,000 winners, More Than Ready has sired Graded stakes winners in 12 countries, Grade 1 winners in seven. And as perhaps North America’s pre-eminent representative of the Halo line, he offers unparalleled outcross potential.
More Than Ready is one of the industry’s most reliable sires. Champion Sire in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, in 2015, 11 of 28 stakes horses came in the Northern Hemisphere, while in 2016, 29 of his 33 stakes horses to date have come in the Northern Hemisphere.
More Than Ready offers superb commercial opportunity as well. In 2016, his two-year-olds have averaged $160,947, topped by a $550,000 filly at KEEJAN and a $425,000 colt at OBSMAR. In 2015, his yearlings averaged $141,090 and weanlings averaged $166,989, led by a $750,000 yearling colt at KEESEPT and a $320,000 weanling colt at KEENOV.
His current 2-year-old and yearling crops are arguably his best American-breds, having been conceived immediately following his first two Breeders’ Cup winners.