Ready's Echo, runner-up in this year's Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) and third in last year's Belmont Stakes (gr. I), has been sold to Sheikh Rashid's Zabeel Racing in a private transaction, according to a release by pedigree analyst Alan Porter. Sheikh Rashid, who is Sheikh Mohammed's son, plans to run the colt in a race the night of the 2010 Dubai World Cup (UAE-I).
Ready's Echo previously was owned by Let’s Go Stables, a racing partnership managed by brothers-in-law Kevin Scatuorchio and Bryan Sullivan. The 4-year-old son of More Than Ready was one of four horses in the initial Let's Go Partnership.
“It goes without saying that we’re saddened to see our stable star leave the barn, but we’re elated with the overall deal, as well as the ability to close out our first fund with over a 100% ROI (return on investment),” Sullivan said.
Ready’s Echo, who was beaten three-quarters of a length in the Dirt Mile, has won or placed in 11 of 14 races and earned $517,988. In the Belmont Stakes, he finished in a dead heat for third.
Ready’s Echo placed in five other graded stakes, including the Forego Stakes (gr. I) at Saratoga. Todd Pletcher will continue to train him.
Bred in Kentucky by Meg and Michael Buckley, Ready’s Echo is out of the Kingmambo mare Menekineko, a half-sister to stakes winner House Key.