Somelikeithotbrown Delivers in Rescheduled Mint Million - petsitterbank

Somelikeithotbrown Delivers in Rescheduled Mint Million

Taking charge with his natural speed, graded stakes-winning millionaire Somelikeithotbrown repelled a bid from stablemate Sluggish Sept. 10 to notch his richest career payday in the $707,545 WinStar Mint Million Stakes (G3T) at Kentucky Downs.

The Mint Million was worth up to $1 million for Kentucky-breds, though the official value of the breed dipped due to Somelikeithotbrown being foaled in New York. He earned $330,770 from a $550,000 base purse for owners Skychai Racing and David Koenig.

That partnership bred the 6-year-old horse under its related Hot Pink Stables and Sand Dollar Stablesbanners.

After enjoying a relatively easy pace during the one-mile Mint Million with splits of :46.93 and 1:10.58 under Jose Ortiz, Somelikeithotbrown had to work to earn Saturday’s victory, turning aside a challenge from pace-chasing Atone over the long Kentucky Downs stretch . Though Atone appeared a danger in early stretch, pulling alongside under confident handling from Tyler Gaffalione, Somelikeithotbrown proved the more resolute finisher.

He drew clear late by 1 1/4 lengths, with Atone just outlasting an inside bid from stalker Mr Dumas to hold the place behind a final time of 1:33.88 on a turf course rated firm.

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“The last eighth of a mile, the other horse looked him in the eye, and he came back,” Ortiz said.

Fieldpass ran fourth, giving Mike Maker, the all-time winningest trainer in Kentucky Downs, a 1-2-4 finish with his three starters.

The Mint Million provided favored Somelikeithotbrown ($6.60) with his 10th victory in 28 starts, and his eight stakes victory. After running third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1T) as a 2-year-old in 2018, he has now notched graded stakes wins at 3, 4, 5, and 6. He won the Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3) on synthetic as a sophomore, followed a year later with a win in the Bernard Baruch Handicap (G2T), captured the Dinner Party Stakes (G2T) last year, and notched his first graded win of 2022 in capturing Saturday’s race.

One start before the Mint Million, he won the Aug.26 West Point Stakes Presented by Trustco Bank against New York-breds in an off-the-turf race in the mud at Saratoga Race Course.

“It’s hard not to like a classy, ​​beautiful horse like him,” Maker said. “He has had some good longevity with us.”

Somelikeithotbrown took advantage of the Mint Million’s postponement from Sept. 3 until Saturday due to heavy rain that canceled racing last Saturday. Not in the initial lineup, the extra week provided him with sufficient time to compete.

“We weren’t sure about running in this race because we only had two weeks from our last one up in Saratoga,” said co-owner Dr. Harvey Diamond of Skychai Racing. “But we decided everything was going good. He looked well, and this was the day. Our day. We love this place. We run well here. The trainer runs well here. We’ll be back.”

His principal partner in Skychai, Jimmy Shircliff, said he was concerned when Atone threatened in early stretch.

“I thought, ‘Well, second isn’t bad,'” he said. “Between Jose and the horse, what a ride.”

The cleverly named Somelikeithotbrown, by Big Brown out of carpet pond Marilyn Monroan is one of two stakes winners for his dam, the other being Jolting Joe , a restricted stakes winner at Saratoga. Four of her seven foals have started, with her three unraced foals being 3-year-old Monromeo (Palace Malice ), 2-year-old Varsity Blonde (Hard Spun ), and one not yet of racing age, an unnamed Mendelssohn filly born this year.

Video: WinStar Mint Million S. (G3T)

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