Early Return, who set the pace in the F. W. Gaudin Memorial Stakes at Fair Grounds Jan. 22, became the 100th stakes winner by deceased stallion Carson City when he captured the six-furlong stakes in 1:09.51.
Carson City, bred and raced by the late William T. Young, specialized in sprinting as a racehorse. As a 3-year-old in New York, he won the Fall Highweight Handicap (gr. II) under 131 pounds and the Boojum Handicap (gr. III), both at six furlongs. At 2, he captured the Sapling Stakes (gr. II) at Monmouth Park.
As a stallion, Carson City is represented by numerous graded stakes winners, including such grade I winners as City Zip , City Band, and Carson Hollow. One of his grade II winners, Pollard's Vision , is the sire of 2010 champion 3-year-old filly Blind Luck.
Foaled in 1987, Carson City (Mr. Prospector—Blushing Promise, by Blushing Groom) stood at Young’s Overbrook Farm near Lexington prior to his death in 2004. Carson City’s progeny earnings have reached $74 million.
Early Return, now 6 and a member of Carson City’s last crop of foals, has won or placed in 15 of 19 races while racing as a homebred for Bert and Elaine Klein and their son Richard.