Lincoln Farm stallion Ready’s Image (USA) sired his first winner at Keeneland on Friday. His filly Leinan was very impressive on debut winning by five lengths under Robby Albarado.
Leinan (2f Ready’s Image – Golden Mirage by Green Desert) rushed straight to the front and then cleared out to clock 51.31s at the end of 900 metres. She is trained by Josie Carroll for owners James and Alice Sapara.
Ready’s Image (More Than Ready) has covered three southern books at Lincoln Farm which is situated at Blandford in the Upper Hunter Valley. He shuttles from Walmac Farm in Kentucky for a $6,600 service fee.
Lincoln Farm’s Nick Posa predicted a fast start for Ready’s Image at stud late last year. “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 USA yearling sales.”
A first-crop Ready’s Image yearling fetched $150,000 when sold at the 2011 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale in August.
Ready’s Image won four races for trainer Todd Pletcher including the G2 Sanford Stakes at Saratoga and Tremont Stakes (by 8 lengths) at Belmont Park. The Hall of Fame trainer rated Ready’s Image the best 2YO he had ever saddled up. The colt was also runner-up in the G1 Hopeful Stakes and he came back at three to win the Adjudicating Stakes at Belmont.
Leinan sold for $39,000 as a foal at the 2010 Keeneland November Sale and then increased in value to $80,000 at the 2011 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky yearling sale.
Her Irish bred dam Golden Mirage was a Listed winner at the Curragh and Keeneland before retiring to stud where she had already foaled the North American stakes winners Willow Bunch (Affirmed) and Natural Speed (Orientate).
Second dam Please Widd (Thatching) was exported to Australia two years after foaling Golden Mirage. Her runners out here include Melbourne winner Encosta Quidd (Encosta de Lago) and Marble Rye (Al Maher) who was runner-up in the LR Queen Adelaide Stakes last time out.