Hutcheson S. (gr. II)
(gr. II , 7.5f ,)
(DK B/ h,
Honour and Glory Ava Knowsthecode , by Cryptoclearance
BOakbrook Farm, KY.; OStarlight Racing; TTodd A. Pletcher
Giant's Causeway Freddie Frisson , by Dixieland Band
BJohn D. Gunther, KY.; ORobbins, III, Lansdon and Lunsford, Bruce; TFrank L. Brothers
(DK B/ h,
Storm Cat Catch Me by Nine , by Forty Niner
BTAC Holdings, Inc., KY.; OCourtlandt Farms; TH. Graham Motion
Jack and Laurie Wolf of Starlight Stable and Paul Saylor didn’t have to wait long for an exciting runner to come along following the retirement of their two-time champion filly Ashado in the fall. The Wolfs and Saylor, who raced Ashado with Johns Martin, won the Feb. 4 Hutcheson Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park with Keyed Entry. Donald Lucarelli also is a partner in the unbeaten Honour and Glory colt, who set a track-record of 1:27.12 for the 71/2 furlongs.
Keyed Entry’s victory came at the expense of 3-5 favorite First Samurai, last year’s runner-up in Eclipse Award balloting for best 2-year-old male. Keyed Entry, the 5-2 second choice, took the lead after starting slowly and beat First Samurai by 11/4 lengths. It was 16 lengths back to third-place finisher Express News.
Florida horseman Barry Berkelhammer, who buys for the Wolfs, purchased Keyed Entry for $145,000 at the 2004 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July yearling sale. Bred by Mr. and Mrs. William Klussman’s Oakbrook Farm, Keyed Entry was consigned by Catherine Parke’s Valkyre Stud, agent.
“He was extremely athletic and balanced, and one of the best Honour and Glory’s I’ve ever seen,” Berkelhammer said.
Keyed Entry was taken to Berkelhammer’s Abracadabra Farm near Ocala, Fla., for breaking and training. “He was a good-minded colt who trained willingly,” Berkelhammer said.
Keyed Entry, who won an allowance race Jan. 7 at Gulfstream by 51/2 lengths last time out, is out of the Cryptoclearance mare Ava Knowsthecode. “Mrs. Wolf came up with the name Keyed Entry because of the dam’s name,” Berkelhammer said.
Both Keyed Entry and Ava Knowsthecode were foaled at Valkyre near Georgetown, Ky., on behalf of the Klussmans, who were Parke’s first clients. Parke started her operation in the 1970s.
Ava Knowsthecode is in foal to Successful Appeal and is booked to Yes It’s True. Ava Knowsthecode’s dam, Ava Romance, also is kept at the farm.
The Klussmans, residents of Agoura Hills, Calif., bred such earlier stakes winners as grade I winner Northern Emerald and Keyed’s Entry’s older half-sister Alex’s Allure, an added-money winner in 2005. Northern Emerald, a two-time graded winner in 1995, scored her big win in the Flower Bowl Invitational Handicap (gr. IT).
Honour and Glory, sire of 27 stakes winners, has sired additional 2006 stakes winners Make Mine Minnie and Minson (Aust-III). Honour and Glory stands at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky. His 2006 fee is $12,500.—D.S.