Tuesday, August 13, 2013
Cheyenne Stables sales grads Stop Smiling and Bad Hombre both earned their first stakes placings recently in the Grade 2 Sorrento S. at Del Mar and the Curlin S. at Saratoga, respectively
Stop Smiling, a 2-year-old filly, came into the Aug. 7 Sorrento off a sharp maiden score in her maiden special weight debut win July 6 at Hollywood Park. Caught between horses around the turn, Stop Smiling got clear in the lane and finished with good energy for the show spot.
“It was a good race for her, especially when you consider it was only her second start,” said rider Julien Leparoux. “She broke well and ran well. And I think the farther they go, the better she’ll like it.”
Stop Smiling, a daughter of It's No Joke, was purchased by Cheyenne at the 2012 Keeneland September Yearling sale. The Florida-bred filly was sold this March for $130,000 at the OBS Select Sale of 2-year-olds, where she was bought by her current trainer, Jerry Hollendorfer.
Bad Hombre, who was bought by his owner Summit Thoroughbreds for $180,000 out of the 2012 OBS Select 2-year-old sale, showed a valiant effort in the 1 1/8 mile Curlin S. at Saratoga on July 26. Despite being pinned against the rail for the entire trip, he finished third and was moved up to second following the disqualification of the winner Transparent.
Bad Hombre broke his maiden going seven furlongs at Belmont Park on May 11 and was a sharp allowance winner over the same track on July 6. Following his excellent performance in the Curlin, trainer John Kimmel indicated that Bad Hombre would make his next start against fellow 3-year-olds in the $500,000 Kings Bishop S., at seven furlongs,Aug. 24 at Saratoga.