After her first foal sold as a short yearling for $95,000 this January off of just a $10,000 cover, we are excited for the chance to send Hurryupandcomeback to the court of the legendary More Than Ready in 2021.
More Than Ready really needs no introduction — he is the #4 all-time leading sire of stakes winners worldwide with over 200 to his credit; the all-time leading Breeders’ Cup sire with 7 wins; and his 29 career Grade 1 winners include the last two Eclipse Champion Turf Females in Uni and Rushing Fall. He himself was a multiple graded-winning 2YO and a Grade 1-winning 3YO, and in addition to those good turf mares he has also sired plenty of dirt horses like Verrazano, Daredevil, and Catholic Boy, who was equally adept on both surfaces.
With a $107k yearling average in 2020, More Than Ready still has plenty of commercial juice, and the buyers of his yearlings last year included WinStar’s Maverick Racing ($350k), “the Avengers” ($300k), Peter Bradley ($280k), Mike Ryan ($202k, $160k), Kenny McPeek ($180k), Eclipse Thoroughbreds ($130k), West Point ($125k), and Maryland’s D Hatman/Phil Schoenthal ($135k).
More Than Ready will fit Hurryupandcomeback well for several reasons. On pedigree, TrueNicks gives the match an A+ rating, with 14 winners and one placed horse from 15 runners, including two stakes winners (one of them G2W Ready To Act), and More Than Ready’s results with Gone West-line mares (Hurryupandcomeback’s broodmare sire being Gone West) are also impressive, featuring 12 stakes winners from 86 runners, including Breeders’ Cup Sprint-G1 winner Roy H. Hurryupandcomeback’s dam, Shared Hope, is also a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Forestry, who happens to be the broodmare sire of More Than Ready’s aforementioned Eclipse Champion Rushing Fall.
More Than Ready — though he’s sired a highly diverse range of runners over his long career — generally brings plenty of turf and sprinter/miler influence to the table, and that will fit perfectly with Hurryupandcomeback’s own pedigree, which features the likes of Mizzen Mast, Gone West, Forestry, Cash Run, and Hurryupandcomeback’s Grade 1-placed turf-sprinting half-brother White Flag.
Physically this pairing is a nice case of like-to-like, as both are medium-sized, well-made horses, and Hurryupandcomeback already proved with her first foal that she can throw a leggier, scopier horse than she is herself.
By sending her to a proven veteran like More Than Ready, not only does Hurryupandcomeback get a shot at another home run sale offspring in the short term, but More Than Ready and his 6% career Northern Hemisphere stakes winners also gives her a better chance at producing a successful racehorse , which will ensure that her future foals are worth that much more as well, regardless of their sire.
More Than Ready’s latest Eclipse Champion Rushing Fall winning the G1 BC Juvenile Fillies Turf