Honey Ryder, who placed in the last two runnings of the Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT), arrived Oct. 29 at the Greathouse family's Glencrest Farm near Midway, Ky., to become a broodmare. Owned by John Greathouse Jr. and Dan Tayloe, she is booked to Kingmambo.
By Lasting Approval out of the Affirmed mare Cuando Quiere, 6-year-old Honey Ryder retired with 13 wins from 33 races and earnings of $2,784,160. A true distance specialist, she won as far as 1 1/2 miles, and her average winning distance was about 10 1/2 furlongs.
According to Greathouse, Kingmambo has plenty to offer as a stallion. "It's going to be hard to know what Lasting Approval will cross well with, but with Kingmambo we're going with a proven sire who has sired multiple champions and a horse that gets grass horses," said Greathouse, who named Honey Ryder after a character in the James Bond move Dr. No. "Am I condemning myself to the grass (with the resulting foal)? You bet!"
Honey Ryder finished second to Lahudood in the Oct. 27 Filly & Mare Turf after encountering difficulties. "She got banged up, but there were others who had the same problems," Greathouse said.
"She certainly could have gone back and run again," Greathouse added. "If there were a spot where I could have gotten her over $3 million, I might have taken one more shot, but that opportunity is not there."
Honey Ryder won 10 stakes, seven of which were graded, including the Flower Bowl Invitational Stakes (gr. IT) at Belmont Park and the E.P. Taylor Stakes (Can-IT) at Woodbine. She set course records in two graded stakes at Gulfstream Park.
"The winning races are the easiest to point to as the best, but the one that showed she was going to be different was the 2004 La Prevoyante (Handicap, gr. IIIT) as a 3-year-old against good older fillies," Greathouse said. "It was around three turns, and she got in some tight traffic the first turn. The jock had to take a hold of her, and it took all the run out of her. She went from head-to-head for the lead, a place where I didn’t want her to be, to last trailing by many lengths. I thought she got hurt, She was last turning for home, but came flying at the end and got beat a length and a half. We figured out that a mile and a half and a mile and three-eighths is right up her alley."
Bred by Diane Perkins' Wimborne Farm, Honey Ryder is a half-sister to two stakes winners. Greathouse bought her for $70,000 in the name El Scott Farm from the Wimborne dispersal in 2002.