Sunday our first two year will run in the 7th. Demonte has trained well and is a full brother to Minnie Soda Nice who won last weekend as a 3 year old. Of course, anything can happen in a 12 horse two year old race and while Demonte has a strong workout base under him, a first out is often a great learning experience.
Then in the 9th race, we are bringing Minnie Soda Nice right back after winning just 10 days ago. We normally would rest him longer but after a nice 5 length win, and seeing him gallop very well on Wednesday, we went ahead and entered him in the very tightly conditioned Minnesota Stallion Auction Stakes race. It’s “tightly conditioned” because only horses that were sired by sires which donated a stallion season way back in 2010 are eligible for the race. Also, since there is no longer a separate filly race, only one filly is entered in the 7 horse $55,000 Stallion Auction Stakes field.
Hold For More is “far and away” the clear favorite. He is trained by a good baby trainer in Francisco Bravo, and bred by the smart breeders from Woodmere Farm. Since I am not yet delusional, I see both Hold For More's pedigree and past performances far exceed all other entries, so we may honestly be running for the $11,000 second prize…….but that’s not so bad you know.
We donate a Stormy Business season to the MTA every year. This not only helps raise funds for the MTA but also makes all of his babies eligible to run in this tightly conditioned $55,000 Stallion Auction Stakes race. This is just another tightly conditioned “BONUS RACE” reason to look hard at the Stormy Business sired HIPS 76 and 77 in this year’s MTA yearling sale.
Dave Astar is a race horse owner, stallion owner, breeder, 40 year business executive, and 50 year handicapper.