Monarchos' Half-Brother Was Misidentified

A half-brother to Kentucky Derby winner Monarchos was misidentified and tattooed incorrectly, according to a report in the Louisville Courier-Journal.

The newspaper reported that two horses -- Just My Guy and Weekend Miracle -- bought by Gus Goldsmith at Keeneland's September yearling sale had been misidentified until one attempted to run on Thursday.

When Weekend Miracle finished ninth in a maiden special weight race at Churchill Downs a week ago, he was identified as Just My Guy, a son of Supremo out of Regal Band, the dam of Monarchos. Actually, Just My Guy was sired by Mi Cielo and produced from Weekend Spree, by Clever Trick.

The misidentification came to light Thursday when Just My Guy, entered under the incorrect name Weekend Miracle, was scratched out of a race for $50,000 maiden claimers.

Just My Guy had been acquired by Goldsmith for $22,000 and Weekend Miracle -- Monarchos' half-brother -- was purchased for $20,000.

According to Kentucky Racing Commission executive director and chief steward Bernie Hettel, trainer Norman Miracle has been training Just My Guy and Weekend Miracle the past nine months thinking one was the other. Both horses were tattooed, incorrectly, in May.

"It was screwed up from the word go," Miracle said. ". . . It was just an honest mistake."

Miracle and Goldsmith said the trainer never had the colts' registration papers, which were sent directly to horse identifier Barbara Borden. Borden detected the misidentification on the horses entered Thursday.

"Weekend Miracle, which was scratched, is Just My Guy. Just My Guy is Weekend Miracle," Hettel said. "It appears to me to be a misidentification that got perpetuated and perpetuated without correction until Barbara made a good catch."

Both colts have similar markings listed on their registration papers, including white on their left hind legs.

But the half-brother to Monarchos is a bay, while Weekend Miracle is dark bay or brown.

The Courier-Journal reported that the horse who ran as Just My Guy will in the future run under the name Weekend Miracle. The horse who was scratched Thursday will get a new, as yet to be determined, name. Both will be retattooed.

Hettel said some sanctions would result from the mixup, but he did not elaborate on what they might be or who they might involve.

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