Sanford S. (gr. II)

(gr. II , 6f ,)

READY'S IMAGE (DK B/ h, 121 lb) $90,000
More Than Ready —Clever Phrase , by Clever Trick
B—Dark Hollow Farm, MD.; O—James T. Scatuorchio; T—Todd A. Pletcher

Tale of Ekati (B h, 119 lb) $30,000
Tale of the Cat —Silence Beauty (JPN) , by Sunday Silence
B—Charles Fipke, KY.; O—Charles E. Fipke; T—Barclay Tagg

The Roundhouse (CH h, 119 lb) $15,000
Fusaichi Pegasus —Circle of Life , by Belong to Me
B—Chelston, KY.; O—Michael B. Tabor; T—Todd A. Pletcher

Margins: 4, nose, 2. Others: Sok Sok 119($7,500) , Fed Watcher 119($4,500) , Ascot Hall 119($750) , Twenty Eight Hours 119($750) , Shotten Heimer 117($750) , Little Nick 119($750) . Winning Jockey, John R. Velazquez.

Twenty-five years ago, the Best Turn mare Turn n’ See was boarded at the Greathouse family’s Glencrest Farm near Midway, Ky. Having liked the looks of her first foal, a Silent Screen filly, Glencrest co-owner John Greathouse bought her second foal, a filly by Full Out, for $14,000 at the 1984 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky January sale.

Named In Full View, she won the Bassinet and Mademoiselle Stakes at 2 and began a career that would see her win a total of four races, place in five stakes, and earn $143,337.

“When we thought In Full View could run, we did more research on Turn n’ See and saw just how fast she was,” John Greathouse’s brother, David, said. “Johnny and I bought her privately in partnership with John Poppas.”

Trained by D. Wayne Lukas, Turn n’ See broke her maiden at Hollywood Park going six furlongs in 1:092/5 and a month later would win an allowance race at Del Mar in 1:10.

Turn n’ See is the third dam of Ready’s Image, winner July 26 of the Sanford Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga. The son of More Than Ready, who won the Tremont Stakes at Belmont Park on July 1, races for James Scatuorchio and is trained by Todd Pletcher.

Glencrest bred the second dam of Ready’s Image, Turn a Phrase, by farm stallion Wavering Monarch. Turn a Phrase had only one foal, that obviously being the dam of Ready’s Image, Clever Phrase, by another former Glencrest stallion, Clever Trick.

After buying Turn n’ See, the Greathouses and Poppas bred and raced (after buying back at auction) a full sister to Turn a Phrase named Overturned. She won the Rare Treat Handicap (gr. III) and Arlington Oaks (gr. III).

Clever Phrase was sold by Glencrest as a weanling to S.H. Rogers Jr. of White Oaks for $60,000 at the 1993 Keeneland November sale. Rogers in turn sold her as a yearling for the same price to Robert and Lawana Low at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale.

Clever Phrase, after being claimed for $8,000, was bought privately for $17,000 by David Hayden, who bred Ready’s Image in the name of his Dark Hollow Farm in Maryland. The 14-year-old mare has a yearling colt by Two Punch, was barren this year to the cover of Unforgettable Max, and is in foal for 2008 to Malibu Moon.

Hayden sold Ready’s Image at the 2006 Keeneland September sale, where Pletcher’s father, J.J. Pletcher, bought him for Scatuorchio for $410,000.

Scatuorchio also raced More Than Ready, who stands at Tom Simon’s Vinery near Lexington and also shuttles to Vinery in Australia. The grade I-winning son of Southern Halo has sired 35 stakes winners including eight this year. His 2007 fee was $40,000.—D.M.L.