Grade I winners Menifee and Military were represented by their first winners May 24. Menifee's son, Best to be King, came close to the five-furlong record at Churchill Downs, winning in :57.31 by 8 1/2 lengths in his first start. He was bred by Oak Cliff Breeders and races for Oak Cliff Stable. Millionaire Menifee (Harlan -- Anne Campbell, by Never Bend) stands at Arthur B. Hancock III's Stone Farm near Paris, Ky.
Military's first winner, the filly Military Mission, won by six lengths at 4 1/2 furlongs at River Downs. Bred by Dr. Patricia Ann Lawrence, she is owned by Maria A. Pinzon. Military (Danzig -- Wavering Girl, by Wavering Monarch) stands at Glencrest Farm near Midway, Ky.
The first winners for grade II winners Sea of Secrets and Wild Wonder came out May 23. Sea of Secrets' son, Appealing Secret, deadheated for first at Churchill Downs May 23 in his first start. Time for the five furlongs was :58.58. Bred by Ellen L. Dawe, Appealing Secret is owned by trainer Steve Asmussen. Sea of Secrets (Storm Cat -- Love From Mom, by Mr. Prospector) stands at John T.L. Jones Jr.'s Walmac International near Lexington.
Wild Wonder's initial winner, the filly Wet N Wild Money, won at 4 1/2 furlongs in :53.77 at Calder Race Course. Bred by Jose M. Placencia, she races for Cabin Creek Farms. Wild Wonder (Wild Again -- Carol's Wonder, by Pass the Tab) stands at Spendthrift Farm near Lexington.
Time Bandit, a grade III winner, was represented by his first winner when his son, Next Bandit, won May 22 at Lone Star Park. Bred by Betty Vann, the colt won the five-furlong race in :58.29 for Coast To Coast Racing Fund. Time Bandit (Time for a Change -- La Voyageuse, by Tentam) stands at Ryder's River Ridge Farm near Natchitoches, La.