Red Ransom came through with his 100th stakes winner when his son Snow Alert won the XXXX Gold Hawkesbury Rowley Mile (Aust-I) at Hawkesbury May 1. The victory, worth $66,500 (Australian funds), upped the Australian-bred gelding’s career earnings to $298,730 (Australian funds).
Red Ransom, who was euthanized last November at age 22 while standing at Tom Simon’s Vinery Australia, is represented as a stallion by 57 grade/group winners across the globe. They include Eclipse Award winner Perfect Sting, winner of the 2000 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT), plus 2006 Emirates Airline Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) winner Electrocutionist, Del Mar Oaks (gr. IT) winner Bail Out Becky, Vodafone Epsom Oaks (Eng-I) winner Casual Look, and English champions Intikhab and Titian Time. Red Ransom’s Australian stakes winners include group I winners All American, Charge Forward, Duporth, and Typhoon Tracy.
Red Ransom is the second son of Roberto to reach the century mark by number of stakes winners. Dynaformer, the first one, stands at Robert N. Clay’s Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky. He celebrated his 112th stakes winner May 1 when his daughter Dynaslew won the Beaugay Stakes (gr. IIIT) in New York.
Retired from racing after just three starts for breeder/owner Paul Mellon, Red Ransom entered stud at Ben P. Walden Jr.’s Dearborn/Vinery near Midway, Ky. Simon later purchased the farm, which now is named Vinery. Red Ransom also stood for a time at Sheikh Mohammed’s Dalham Hall Stud in England.
Red Ransom, out of the Damascus mare Arabia, also has been in the news as a broodmare sire. His maternal granddaughter Devil May Care, a grade I winner last year at 2, has won this year’s Bonnie Miss Stakes (gr. II). She ran unplaced in the May 1 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. II).