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Carry Back S. (gr. III)
CARRY BACK S. (gr. III), Calder Race Course, July 06, 2013, $150,000 Guaranteed, value of race $150,000, 3 yo, 6 furlongs, 1:10.97 Dirt FT.
(Chestnut Colt ,
Run Away and Hide Wide Range , by Mineshaft
BRon Kirk & Greg McDonald , KY ; ORobison, J. Kirk and Judy ; TSteven M. Asmussen
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(Chestnut Gelding ,
Exclusive Quality Apricot Glow , by Concerto
BChad Stewart & Laurie Stewart , FL ; OGregerson, Tom and Stewart, Chad J. ; TChad J. Stewart
(Bay Colt ,
Exclusive Quality Royal Navy , by Polish Navy
BDo-Little Farm LLC , FL ; ODDRD Racing, Inc. ; TLuis Olivares
Carry Back S. Recap
J. Kirk and Judy Robison’s 3-year-old colt Mico Margarita deserved a toast in his honor after stalking the pace and drawing away from the field to record his first stakes victory by an easy 41/2 lengths in the July 6 Carry Back Stakes (gr. III) in the Summit of Speed at Calder Casino & Race Course.
The $150,000 race was named for the Hall of Famer who won the 1961 Flamingo Stakes, Florida Derby, Kentucky Derby, and Preakness Stakes en route to being named that year’s champion 3-year-old male.
Mico Margarita, trained by Steve Asmussen, was making his first start in a stakes since finishing third in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint Preview Stakes last November at Santa Anita Park. The son of Run Away and Hide now boasts a record of 3-2-3 from 10 starts, for earnings of $210,775.
Mico Margarita was acquired by his current connections for $25,000 at the 2011 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October yearling sale from Bluewater Sales, agent.
Kirk Robison, an El Paso, Texas-based businessman, owns several franchise restaurants, including Peter Piper Pizza and Burger King. Among the prominent horses he and his wife have campaigned since entering the horse industry in the late 1990s are other graded victors She Digs Me and Western Smoke.
The Robisons’ Mico Margarita was bred in Kentucky by horse insurance agent Ron Kirk and Lexington businessman Greg McDonald. The Carry Back winner was produced from the unraced Mineshaft mare Wide Range, whose dam, Ivanavinalot (by West Acre), captured the 2003 Bonnie Miss Stakes (gr. III) at Gulfstream Park and three other stakes at Calder.
Ivanavinalot’s half siblings include stakes winners Shananie’s Beat (by Shananie) and Slick Lady (by Unreal Zeal) plus the stakes-placed runner Beaties for Real (by Unreal Zeal), who is the dam of graded victors Friel’s for Real and Ryan’s for Real (both by Sword Dance), plus two other stakes winners.
Mico Margarita is the first foal out of Wide Range, who was bought for $17,000 by Thailand-based horseman Kimchuan Techatanakitlert at the 2010 Keeneland November mixed sale. Consigned by Indian Creek, agent, she was in foal to Artie Schiller. That foal, a filly born in March 2011, is Wide Range’s last-reported offspring.
Run Away and Hide is the sire of three stakes winners, including other 2013 added-money victor Look Quickly. The son of City Zip stood the 2013 season for $5,000 at John Phillips’ Darby Dan Farm near Lexington.—E.M.