More Than Ready S.

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STUNT MAN (DK B/ g, 123 lb) $47,400
Western Expression —Ribboned , by Well Decorated
B—Flying Zee Stables, NY.; O—Winning Move Stable, Island Wind Racing and Celebrity Group Stables; T—Gary C. Contessa

Tiz Wonderful (B h, 118 lb) $15,880
Tiznow —Evil , by Hennessy
B—Dale Kalmar, KY.; O—Stonestreet Stables LLC; T—Steven M. Asmussen

Flashstorm (B h, 118 lb) $7,980
Storm Cat —Kristi , by St. Jovite
B—Overbrook Farm, KY.; O—Overbrook Farm; T—D. Wayne Lukas

Margins: 2½, 5, neck. Others: E Z Warrior 123($3,990) . Winning Jockey, Javier Castellano.

Stunt Man made all the right moves to win the Sept. 12 More Than Ready Stakes at Belmont by 21¼2 lengths. It was the 3-year-old Western Expression gelding’s first stakes win in open company.

Gary Contessa trains Stunt Man, and in his last start, the gelding won the restricted Albany Stakes Aug. 22 at Saratoga. Stunt Man had run second or third in four consecutive stakes races prior to the Albany.

Winning Move Stable, Island Wind Racing, and Celebrity Group Stables campaign the gelding, who was claimed by Contessa on behalf of Winning Move Stable for $25,000 from Flying Zee Stables at Aqueduct March 30.

Carl Lizza’s Flying Zee Stables bred Stunt Man in New York out of the restricted stakes-winning Well Decorated mare Ribboned. Lizza purchased Ribboned for $36,000 at the 1989 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga August preferred yearling sale from Joel Reach, agent for Milfer Farm.

Also in 1989, Lizza and Joseph Bartone purchased Highcliff Farm near Delanson, N.Y., and the 800-acre property is run by the husband-and-wife team of Suzie and C. Lynwood “Doc” O’Cain. Western Expression, who raced for Lizza, is among the stallions standing there, and Lizza also keeps around 50 mares on the farm.

Ribboned was bred in New York out of the unraced Tentam mare Cross Staff, and her half-brother Mangatruco (by Screen King) was a champion in Panama. Cross Staff was produced from the winning Northern Dancer mare Pole Star, who is also the granddam of Mr. Epperson (by Cabrini Green), a champion sprinter in Canada.

Stunt Man is the first stakes winner out of Ribboned, but several of her other foals have been hardy runners, including Taking the Redeye. The Scarlet Ibis gelding is still racing at age 6 and has earned $315,921 from 53 starts.

Lizza no longer owns Ribboned. Moonestone Sales, agent, offered the mare in foal to Western Expression at the 2006 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic December mixed sale, and she was purchased by Ed Price for $2,200.

Ribboned has produced four full siblings to Stunt Man, including a juvenile filly named Yosa Bell, a yearling filly, and a filly foaled March 31. Her latest offspring was bred by Coleen Wedig in Iowa.

Western Expression is the sire of three stakes winners including additional 2007 added-money winner Thunderestimate. The 11-year-old son of Gone West stood the 2007 season for a fee of $5,000.—A.H.D.