First stakes winner by Ready’s Image

Lincoln Farm shuttler Ready’s Image was represented by his first stakes winner in the USA on Saturday.  His filly Renee’s Passion cleared out to score a three length victory in the Listed Silver Cup Futurity (1100m) at Arapahoe Park.

Renee’s Passion (2f Ready’s Image – Gold In My Stars by Forty Niner) duelled with She’s All Bling for the lead and then accelerated under Louis Ramon Rodriguez to break through third time out.

Trained by Kenneth ‘Butch’ Gleason, she had been third on debut in June prior to a fourth in the CTBA Lassie Stakes on July 14.

Renee’s Passion is raced by Tangarae Farms owners Annette Bishop, Jerry and Beverly Slaughter.  She is a younger half-sister to Canadian Listed winner Kimmyv (El Corredor).  Second dam Hangin On A Star (Vice Regent) was a G1 winner of the Breeders’ Stakes at Woodbine.

Ready’s Image (More Than Ready) opened his winner account when flying filly Leinan scored by five lengths at Keeneland recently.

Lincoln Farm owner Nick Posa is gearing up for more good news with his first Australian bred two year-olds ready to debut in the coming season.  “The More Than Ready breed continues to thrive in North America and Australia,” Posa said.  “And Ready’s Image is a young stallion with a very bright future going his pleasing results at the sales.”

The parallels between More Than Ready and Ready’s Image are uncanny.  They were both trained by Todd Pletcher for owner James Scatuorchi for runaway wins in the G3 Tremont Stakes at Belmont and G2 Sanford Stakes at Saratoga.

Ready’s Image retired to stud with a ringing endorsement from the Hall of Fame conditioner.  “He’s the best two year-old I’ve ever trained,” Pletcher declared.  “He looks so much like his father, and luckily, he runs like him, too.”

Father and son joined a cavalcade of Sandford Stakes stars going back to the 1970s with Secretariat and Affirmed.  And Champion sires Exclusive Native and Hail To Reason are also on the roll-call of winners from the 1960s.

Trainers have targeted Ready’s Image with his first crop selling to $150,000 at the 2011 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale.  They kept increasing in value at the North American 2YO Sales earlier this year peaking at $220,000.

In Australia, Ready’s Image was the Leading freshman sire at the 2012 Inglis Classic yearling sale with 5 sold for an average of $60,500.  The colt out of Topsinga topped proceedings at $100,000 when purchased by BC3 Thoroughbreds.

Lincoln Farm will stand Ready’s Image for a $5,500 (inc gst) service fee in 2012.  “He will be back at the Farm in a few weeks,” Posa said.  “Breeders who want to see him in the flesh should make arrangements now.”

Posa can be contacted for further information on 0417 903 578.

First USA stakes winner for Ready’s Image