Spendthrift focus on Saratoga

Jimmy Creed (USA) will sell more of his first Kentucky-bred yearlings at Saratoga this month while in quarantine ahead of a second southern book at Spendthrift Farm.

He debuted at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Sale on July 12 with a $60,000 filly and there’s another four catalogued for that company’s Saratoga New York Sale starting on August 13.

Jimmy Creed (Distorted Humor) shuttles from Spendthrift Farm’s USA headquarters to its Victorian base for an $8,800 (inc gst) fee.  His first southern foals are due at Romsey this spring.

Louisville bloodstock agent Tim Kegel signed the sale-sheet for the $60k filly from Look Who’s Ritzy (First Samurai).  The dam is a winning half-sister to Silver Wagon (G1 Carter Hcp & G1 Hopeful St).

Kegel has targeted the sireline before with bids of $1 million and more for yearlings by Distorted Humor who was Champion USA stallion in 2011.

Jimmy Creed is one of 17 Group 1 winners by Distorted Humor after clocking a super-quick 1.20.36s in the 2012 Malibu Stakes (1400m).  The Santa Anita sprint has been won by champion sires Round Table, Buckpasser, Damascus, Spectacular Bid, Pleasant Tap and Newgate Farm speed-machine The Factor.

“He represents the complete package,” Spendthrift owner B. Wayne Hughes said.  “There hasn’t been a faster Group 1 winning son of Distorted Humor and definitely not many with his combination of looks and pedigree.”

Jimmy Creed quartet of yearlings at Saratoga includes Lot 491, a filly from unraced Passe (Dixie Union).  The mare’s first foal Wonder Gal (Tiz Wonderful) has won two stakes races at Belmont and she was also placed in the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies.

Spendthrift’s racing division is approaching D Day at Saratoga with Tom’s Ready in the G1 King’s Bishop Stakes on August 27.  The More Than Ready colt was purchased by Hughes as a shuttle prospect after a last-start victory in the G2 Woody Stephens Stakes (1400m) at Belmont Park.

“He’s come back great,” trainer Dallas Stewart said after Tom’s Ready breezed 800 metres in 49.11s at the Spa last Sunday.  “The horse ran all through the Louisiana Derby series and the Kentucky Derby.  We’re just spacing his races out.  The King’s Bishop is next and then the Breeders’ Cup Mile.”

The Spendthrift team will be banking on him going one better than its Group 1 fillies Carina Mia and Beholder in July.

Spendthrift-bred filly Carina Mia (Malibu Moon) finished a gallant second to unbeaten champion Songbird in the G1 CCA Oaks (1800m) at Saratoga on July 24 while Spendthrift’s Triple Eclipse Award winner Beholder (Henny Hughes) was beaten a half-length by Stellar Wind in the G1 Clement Hirsch Hcp at Del Mar on July 30.

They will all be back at the business end for the Breeders’ Cup Championships at Santa Anita on November 4 and 5.

Warrior’s Reward $11,000 (inc gst) leads Spendthrift Australia’s 2016 stallion roster alongside Jimmy Creed $8,800 (inc gst) and Hampton Court $8,800 (inc gst).