More black-type for Congrats

Vinery shuttler Congrats added more black-type to his burgeoning statistics when I’m Steppin’ It Up won the LR Eight Thirty Stakes (1600m) on Saturday.

I’m Steppin’ It Up (4c Congrats – Cindy Woo Who by Thunder Gulch) jumped straight to the front and shook off a challenge from the favourite Picko’s Pride to score by nearly two lengths in Delaware.

The Congrats colt has been a consistent stakes performer for Roman Hill Farm owner-breeder Thomas Croley and Delaware based trainer Tony Pecoraro.  “He’s a nice colt and he has been good to us,” Pecoraro said.  “He was my 1,000th winner in the Kent Stakes here last year.”

As a two year-old, I’m Steppin’ It Up was runner-up to eventual Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf winner Pluck (More Than Ready) before breaking his maiden by 10 lengths third time out.  He concluded that juvenile campaign with a G1 placing behind champion colt Uncle Mo in the Champagne Stakes at Belmont Park.

Between the Kent Stakes and Eight Thirty Stakes, he claimed another Listed victory in the Chief Tamanaco Stakes at Belmont Park.

Meanwhile, Congrats filly Turbulent Descent completed her final preparations for the G1 Ballerina Stakes with a swift 800m sprint in 47.80s on Saturday morning.  The $500,000 Ballerina will be run at Saratoga this Friday, August 24.

Turbulent Descent won the G1 Test Stakes at Saratoga last year and, at her only appearance this term, won the LR Desert Stormer Hcp at Hollywood Park in June.

Congrats (A P Indy) was a resounding winner of the 2010 USA Champion freshman title and, overall, he has sired 109 winners of 258 races at an outstanding 73% strike-rate.  He shuttles to Vinery for a $22,000 (inc gst) fee and his third southern book is already full.

Congrats colt has claimed three stakes events in the USA