Hemp Hemp Hurray wins the 2017 Tyro Stakes at Monmouth Park

Hemp Hemp Hurray wins the 2017 Tyro Stakes at Monmouth Park

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Undefeated Hemp Hemp Hurray Takes on Summer Stakes

Artie Schiller colt won the Tyro Stakes by 7 1/4 lengths last time out.

Ken and Sarah Ramsey's undefeated Hemp Hemp Hurray will look to build on two eye-catching performances with an automatic Breeders' Cup berth on the line in the $200,000 Summer Stakes (G2T) Sept. 17 at Woodbine.

The 2-year-old Artie Schiller colt trained by Wesley Ward most recently trounced a short field by 7 1/4 lengths in the Aug. 6 Tyro Stakes at Monmouth Park, but first showed promise with a four-length debut victory at Belmont Park July 9. Both of those efforts were sprints, but like much of the field, Hemp Hemp Hurray will stretch out to a mile for the first time in the Summer, a Breeders' Cup Challenge "Win and You're In" event for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G1T) at Del Mar in November.

There are two colts entered, however, who have experience and success at longer distances.

West Point Thoroughbreds' Untamed Domain enters the Summer as the only horse in the field with graded stakes experience. The son of Animal Kingdom  trained by Graham Motion finished third last time out in the 1 1/16-mile With Anticipation Stakes (G3T) at Saratoga Race Course Aug. 30, which followed a 1 1/2-length maiden win at the same distance July 22 at the Spa.

Roy Lerman's homebred Empirically also brings experience at 1 1/16 miles, but lacks an official victory. The Point of Entry  colt trained by his owner appeared to provide a 25-1 stunner in his debut Aug. 26 at Saratoga, where he closed from eighth to edge Paradise Island by a neck, but he was disqualified and placed second for interference.

The local contingent is represented by a trio of impressive winners on the Woodbine grass. Differential, Admiralty Pier, and Count Alexander all broke their maidens on the Woodbine turf by multiple lengths, but those races were sprints.

Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners' El Dulce should get credit for the company he has kept early in his career, following his second-place finish in an off-the-turf edition of the Skidmore Stakes Aug. 18 at Saratoga. The Todd Pletcher-trained Twirling Candy  colt won his debut on the Saratoga turf by a neck over the filly Ultima D, who came back in her next start to win the Aug. 6 Exacta Systems Juvenile Fillies Stakes at Kentucky Downs.

Entries: Summer S. (G2T)

Woodbine, Sunday, September 17, 2017, Race 6

  • Grade IIT
  • 1m
  • Turf
  • $200,000
  • 2 yo
  • 3:50 PM (local)
11Untamed Domain (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJoe Bravo122H. Graham Motion7/2
22Differential (ON)Gary Boulanger122Mark E. Casse15/1
33Follow My Lead (KY)Emma-Jayne Wilson122Nicholas Nosowenko20/1
44Admiralty Pier (KY)Luis Contreras122Barbara J. Minshall10/1
55El Dulce (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJose L. Ortiz122Todd A. Pletcher3/1
66Hemp Hemp Hurray (ON)Keeneland Sales GraduateJohn R. Velazquez122Wesley A. Ward2/1
77Count Alexander (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateSlade Callaghan122Mary Lightner6/1
88Empirically (FL)Keeneland Sales GraduateJoel Rosario122Roy S. Lerman8/1