The May 25 Hanshin Cup Stakes (gr. III) at Arlington Park gave Hogy his first graded stakes win for owner William Stiritz. The Offlee Wild gelding broke from the gate and settled in third, traveling on the outside stalking rivals Nates Mineshaft and Hammers Terror. Once prompted by jockey Chris Emigh, however, Hogy responded and made his move on the turn taking the lead by two lengths in mid-stretch. A fast-closing Mister Marti Gras attempted to overtake the dark bay gelding but was no threat, and Hogy held on to best the field of nine over Arlington’s Polytrack main course by 11/2 lengths in 1:34.25, just off the record of 1:33.55 set by Coragil Cat in 2008.
Trainer Scott Becker claimed Hogy for Stiritz from an allowance/optional/claiming race at Hawthorne Race Course in November for $80,000, and the 4-year-old has won two of his four starts since for his new connections. Hogy’s previous 2013 stakes effort was at Keeneland in the 51/2-furlong Shakertown Stakes (gr IIIT), where he finished sixth. Previously trained by Joel Berndt he scored victories in the Brian Barenscheer Juvenile Stakes at Canterbury Park at 2 and the Hansel Stakes at Turfway Park at 3.
Bred by Dr. John E. Little in Kentucky, Hogy was the first foal out of Floy, by Petionville. He was purchased at the 2010 Keeneland January sale for $17,000 for owner Alice Mettler.
Floy traces back to one of the best Thoroughbred families in the stud book. Her fourth dam is blue hen Too Bald, who is responsible for champion Capote; Exceller, a grade/group I winner on two continents; grade III-winning sire Vaguely Hidden; and stakes-winning sires American Standard and Baldski.
Floy produced a filly by Mizzen Mast April 8.
Hogy is a son of four-time graded stakes winner Offlee Wild, the leading first-crop sire of 2009. The sire of seven stakes winners, including 2013 grade III winner Acting Naughty, Offlee Wild stands at Pin Oak Lane Farm in Pennsylvania. His 2013 fee is $4,000.—M.P.