Sanford S. (gr. II)

(gr. II , 6f ,)

MORE THAN READY (DK B/ h, 122 lb) $64,560
Southern Halo —Woodman's Girl , by Woodman
B—Woodlynn Farm Inc, KY.; O—James T. Scatuorchio; T—Todd A. Pletcher

Mighty (DK B/ h, 114 lb) $21,520
Lord At War (ARG) —Madame Gold , by Mr. Prospector
B—Aspiration Stable, KY.; O—Claiborne Farm and Dilschneider, Adele B.; T—Frank L. Brothers

Bulling (CH g, 114 lb) $11,836
Holy Bull —Shopping , by Private Account
B—Hobeau Farm Ltd., FL.; O—Hobeau Farm; T—H. Allen Jerkens

Margins: 9¾, 3, 2½. Others: Dance Master 119($6,456) , Gone Super 117($3,228) . Winning Jockey, John R. Velazquez.

More Than Ready appears to be the perfect athlete, and so far, his record echoes that statement. The colt won his fifth race in as many starts, the July 29 Sanford Stakes (gr. II) by a dominating 93/4 lengths.

Owner James Scatuorchio describes the colt as “competitive,” but trainer Todd Pletcher adds the colt is “very laid back.” These desirable qualities have corresponded nicely to result in an “absolutely push-button,” horse according to Pletcher. As a result, the colt is handling his tough 2-year-old campaign well and is pointed next at the Sept. 4 Hopeful Stakes (gr. I).

“He’s already had five races, but they have been well-spaced,” Pletcher said. “He’s got a lot of experience and he hasn’t been hard-used based on the calendar.”

More Than Ready started off what could be a stellar Saratoga meet for his trainer. The holder of last year’s training title at the track, Pletcher sent out Marley Vale to win the grade I Test Stakes two days after the Sanford win.

More Than Ready got his name in a pinch, when Scatuorchio and his wife Terry were told to find a name quickly so the colt could make his first start. Pletcher told the couple “he’s more than ready,” and the name stuck. The Scatuorchios, who live in Rumson, N.J., are enjoying their first solely-owned stakes winner.

More Than Ready was bred in Kentucky by Walter Hillenmeyer and Robert Hoeweler’s Woodlynn Farm near Lexington. The colt is the second foal from the Woodman mare, Woodman’s Girl. Her third foal, a Red Ransom yearling filly, is entered in the Keeneland September sale.

Woodman’s Girl produced a Dixieland Band filly this year and is currently in foal to Red Ransom. She was acquired by her current owners privately in 1995.

Southern Halo is the sire of More Than Ready and 69 other added-money winners. The stallion stood in Argentina until 1996, and has been represented by 16 stakes winners in that country so far this year, including three group I winners. Now syndicated, Southern Halo stands at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky., where his 1999 fee was $15,000.—K.J.I.