Vinery champion More Than Ready crashed through the 100 stakes winner barrier with a juvenile stakes double in the USA on Saturday.
Maybe So (2c More Than Ready – Wish On by Grand Slam) cracked the ton with a neck victory in the LR Mountaineer Juvenile Stakes (1200m) on the West Virginia Derby undercard. He defeated odds-on favourite Circle Unbroken (Broken Vow) who was coming off a G3 victory in the Bashford Manor Stakes at Churchill Downs.
Maybe So is trained by Al Stall jnr for owner-breeder Adele Dilschneider and maintained his unbeaten status after a debut victory under the Twin Spires in June. The same connections will be gunning for a G1 with Cease (War Chant) in the Woodward Stakes at Saratoga next month.
More Than Ready unearthed another smart winner later in the day when Promise Me More scored on debut in the LR Donnie Wilhite Memorial (1500m) at Louisiana Downs.
Promise Me More (2f More than Ready – Aly’s Vow by Broken Vow) is owned in partnership by Holt Racing and breeder Robert Orth. Trainer Wes Hawley also has a share in the promising filly who displayed determination plus to win by two lengths.
The winner is bred to keep progressing being the first foal of LR Lone Star Oaks winner Aly’s Vow.
More Than Ready is the fourth youngest sire in history to join the exclusive ‘100 Club’ whose members include Danehill, Sadler’s Wells, Mr Prospector, Northern Dancer, Danzig, Sunday Silence and Vinery’s own Red Ransom.
More Than Ready has twice been crowned Australia’s Champion 2YO Sire. He also sired the winners of both divisions of the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile with Pluck and More Than Real.
Vinery stands More Than Ready for a $121,000 (inc gst) service fee.