Summerfield alumn Prince of Monaco also pointing to $2 million BC Juvenile
BY SANTA ANITA PRESS OFFICE
ARCADIA, CA—Trainer Bob Baffert reported Muth and Wine Me Up, the one-two finishers in Saturday’s Grade 1 American Pharoah for 2-year-olds and both alumni of Ocala Breeders’ Sales, were doing well Sunday morning.
Muth and Wine Me Up will both be pointed to the $2 million FanDuel Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (Grade 1) at a mile-and-a-sixteenth on Nov. 3 at Santa Anita.
“I don’t like to look too far ahead until I see them work back, but that’s the plan for now,” Baffert said.
In the American Pharoah, Wine Me Up—making just his second start and first around two turns—set the pace with fractions of :23.30 and :46.49 under Ramon Vazquez with Muth and jockey Juan Hernandez settling a length-and-a-half back in fourth.
Wine Me Up took the lead into the stretch, but rolling to his outside came Muth, who seized the lead near the eighth pole and drew off to a three-and-three-quarter-length victory as the 2-5 favorite.
Muth is a son of Good Magic out of the Uncle Mo mare Hoppa and is campaigned by Zedan Racing.
He was purchased for a sale record equaling $2 million by Donato Lanni as agent at this year’s Ocala Breeders’ Sales March Sale where he was consigned by Jimbo and Tori Gladwell’s Top Line Sales LLC located in Reddick, Fla.
Prior to the American Pharoah, Muth won his bow going five furlongs against special weight maidens at Santa Anita June 18 then was second to stablemate Prince of Monaco in the Grade 3 Best Pal going six furlongs at Del Mar Aug. 13.
Prince of Monaco would return to win the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity a month later. The son of Speighstown, a $950,000 auction purchase as a yearling out of Francis and Barbara Vanlangendonck’s Summerfield consignment, is being trained up to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile by Baffert.
On Sunday, Prince of Monaco worked five furlongs in :59.60 for an extensive ownership group that includes SF Racing, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stables and Stonestreet Stables.
Prior to finishing second in the American Pharoah, Wine Me Up won a six-maiden special weight at Del Mar by a length-and-a-half on Sept. 2 in his first career start.
Wine Me Up is by Vino Rosso out of Deanaallen’skitten, by Kitten’s Joy and is a product of the early training program at McKathan Bros. Stable, who consigned him to this year’s OBS June Sale. There he was purchased for $300,000 by current owners Michael E. Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman in the name of Three Amigos.
— Brock Sheridan contributed to this report
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