Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash S. (gr. I)

(gr. I , 6f ,)

YES IT'S TRUE (B h, 114 lb) $180,000
Is It True —Clever Monique , by Clever Trick
B—George Waggoner Stables Inc., KY.; O—Padua Stables; T—D. Wayne Lukas

Good and Tough (B h, 123 lb) $60,000
Carson City —Amy Be Good , by Northern Raja
B—David P. Reynolds, KY.; O—David P. Reynolds; T—Frank A. Alexander

Storm Punch (GR/RO g, 114 lb) $33,000
Two Punch —Too Fast to Catch , by Nice Catch
B—Hutchison Farm, MD.; O—Lazy Lane Farms, Inc.; T—H. Graham Motion

Margins: ¾, 3, ½. Others: Mint 114($18,000) , Wise Dusty 114($9,000) , Nimble 114 . Winning Jockey, Jerry D. Bailey.

It is true: Padua Stables’ Yes It’s True laid to rest any doubts that he reigns at the top of the nation’s sprint division with a sensational effort in the July 17 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash Stakes (gr. I) at Laurel Park. The 3-year-old colt triumphed over five older rivals in the $300,000 event, covering the six furlongs in 1:08.67, just a few ticks off the track record.

The De Francis, celebrating grade I status for the first time this year, is one of only two grade I events at six furlongs in the U.S. (the other being the Breeders’ Cup Sprint). Although Yes It’s True had captured nine previous added-money events, the victory was his first grade I score. It was also the first grade I triumph for Satish K. and Anne Sanan’s Padua Stables, whose first starter broke from the gate only 15 months ago.

The Sanans purchased Yes It’s True, then named Es Verdad, at the 1998 Barretts March 2-year-olds in training sale for $800,000 from the consignment of Bailey-Ellenberg Select. The son of Is It True, whom the De Francis winner’s trainer, D. Wayne Lukas, conditioned to upset Easy Goer in the 1988 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (gr. I), has already reimbursed Padua for his purchase price. The $180,000 winner’s share of the De Francis purse elevated Yes It’s True to millionaire status.

Bred by George Waggoner Stables and foaled at his Waggoner Farm near Lexington, Yes It’s True boasts a phenomenal sprinting record. In 13 career starts at distances of seven furlongs or less, Yes It’s True has 11 wins and two placings. In six tries at the De Francis and Breeders’ Cup Sprint distance of six furlongs, Yes It’s True has only suffered one defeat. That loss, in June of 1998, was his fourth career start and first six furlong attempt. The colt’s four career attempts at distances longer than seven furlongs have all resulted in defeat.

Lukas and Sanan have outlined an agenda for the remainder of Yes It’s True’s sophomore season. Currently riding a four-race win skein, including two efforts against his elders, Yes It’s True will be positioned toward Saratoga’s Aug. 11 A Phenomenon Handicap (gr. II) and Aug. 28 King’s Bishop Stakes (gr. I), before trying Belmont’s Sept. 25 Vosburgh Stakes (gr. I). Like the De Francis, the A Phenomenon and Vosburgh are against older competition. The road is designed to culminate in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint.

Is It True has sired seven stakes winners, including Yes It’s True and True Lover (Aust-III) in 1999. Owned by a partnership, the 13-year-old stallion stands at John T.L. Jones Jr.’s Walmac International near Lexington. His 1999 fee was $6,500.—J.W.