Multiple graded stakes winner Tom's Ready has been retired and will take up stud duty at B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Farm near Lexington, it was announced Dec. 4.
The 4-year-old son of More Than Ready —Goodbye Stranger, by Broad Brush will stand the 2018 season for a fee of $6,000 and he will participate in Spendthrift's "Share The Upside" program for a fee of $7,500.
"We are excited to offer Tom's Ready to breeders through our Share The Upside program in 2018," said Spendthrift general manager Ned Toffey. "More Than Ready is emerging as a promising sire of sires, and Tom's Ready has tremendous looks and a millionaire's race record. There's a lot to like, and we believe breeders will see him as a great opportunity. Tom's Ready has arrived at the farm and we invite people to come out and see him."
Tom's Ready becomes the newest stallion to be offered through Spendthrift's Share The Upside program. His Share The Upside fee comes with a one-year commitment, and breeders will earn a lifetime breeding right beginning in 2019 after having one live foal and paying the stud fee. For breeders not interested in earning a lifetime breeding right, Tom's Ready will be offered on a standard stands and nurses contract.
Campaigned by GMB Racing and trainer Dallas Stewart, Tom's Ready scored the biggest victory of his millionaire career in the $500,000 Woody Stephens Stakes (G2) at Belmont Park last year as a 3-year-old. He defeated older horses, including champion sprinter Runhappy , when he took the 2016 Ack Ack Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs. He was runner-up to Gun Runner in last year's Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby (G2) to qualify for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1).
As a 2-year-old, Tom's Ready broke his maiden by 3 1/4 lengths at Churchill before finishing a fast-closing runner-up in that track's Street Sense Stakes in his subsequent start. This year at 4, he began the season with a third-place finish in the Churchill Downs Stakes Presented by Twinspires.com (G2) on Kentucky Derby weekend, falling short by just three-quarters of a length at the wire. He followed that up with a win in the Leemat Stakes in July at Presque Isle Downs.
This summer at Saratoga Race Course, Tom's Ready finished third in the Aug. 26 Forego Stakes (G1) before capturing his biggest victory of the year in the Oct. 28 Bold Ruler Handicap (G3) at Belmont Park, earning a career best 107 Beyer speed figure. He retires with earnings of $1,036,267.
Tom's Ready becomes the newest son to retire to stud by emerging sire of sires More Than Ready, whose son Sebring (AUS) is the sire of Australian Horse of the Year, Dissident (AUS). A $145,000 purchase at the 2014 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale, the dark bay colt was bred by Blackstone Farm from the Broad Brush mare Goodbye Stranger, a half sister to stakes winners Lemonlime and Miss Moses.