Run Away and Hide stalked the early pace, took over just at the top of the lane, and drew clear to post a 2 1/2-length victory in the Kentucky Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) May 1 at Churchill Downs.
- Chestnut Colt
- Born 2006
- KY -Bred
The Kentucky Stakes (gr. III) for 2-year-olds has been the exclusive property of trainer Steve Asmussen for the past five years. Heiligbrodt Racing Stable's Merkel will attempt to run the string to six May 1, when he faces seven foes in the $150,000, five-furlong race. A son of Forest Wildcat, Merkel will break from the rail under Shaun Bridgmohan. Asmussen scored in this race with Posse (2002), Cuvee (2003), Lunarpal (2004), Datrick (2006), and Rated Fiesty (2007), with all but Cuvee being owned by Heiligbrodt.
|Trainer||Steven M. Asmussen|
|Owner||Heiligbrodt Racing Stable (L. William Heiligbrodt)|
|Breeder||Robert B. Berger & James E. Ballard|
|Merkel View Five-Cross Pedigree||Forest Wildcat||Storm Cat|
|Lady Blockbuster||Silent Screen|
|Sale / Hip||Type||Buyer||Consignor||Price|
|Yearling||Heiligbrodt Racing Stable||Warrendale Sales, agent||$150,000|
|Ocho Ocho Ocho|
|Take Charge Brandi|