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TrainerW. Bret Calhoun
OwnerAllied Racing Stable, LLC
BreederSpruce Lane Farm
The aptly named Mr. Money has been “in the money” eight of his eleven career starts and has earned more than $1 million.
Winner of the Indiana (G3) and West Virginia (G3) Derbies, he recently finished second in the Pennsylvania Derby (G1), snapping a streak of four victories in graded stakes races that began with the Pat Day Mile (G3) on the Kentucky Derby undercard. Losing by a neck to 31-1 long shot Math Wizard, who he bested in his last two starts, Mr. Money finished ahead of 6-5 favorite Improbable and Preakness winner War of Will.
Mr. Money, who is campaigned by Chester Thomas’ Allied Racing Stable, is looking for a comeback in the Breeders’ Cup. Last year, the Kentucky-based owner, who has been in the business since 2012, paid $100,000 to join the Breeders’ Cup program as a Horse of Racing Age to start him to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile where he was fourth.
“I’m kind of surprised to be outrun by a horse we beat pretty handily a couple times. It was his day today and I guess it wasn’t ours,” trainer W. Bret Calhoun said. “We won four in a row and it’s hard to win four in a row. We were hoping today would be the fifth for a million dollars in a Grade 1, but it wasn’t meant to be. We’ll regroup.”
Calhoun, who earned his 3,000th career win in February, has saddled two Breeders’ Cup winners. His father, William “Buddy” Calhoun, trained his own racehorses at Louisiana Downs while working full time as a schoolteacher. Bret helped him at the barn and eventually became an exercise rider before making training his full time career.
Mr. Money’s regular rider is Gabriel Saez. A native of Panama, he has competed in two Breeders’ Cup races and his looking for his first win in the event. In 2008, he won the Kentucky Oaks on Proud Spell, and the next day he rode the ill-fated Eight Belles to her second-place finish in the Kentucky Derby.
Mr. Money’s father, Goldencents, won the 2013 and 2014 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile. Mr. Money sold for $130,000 at the 2017 Keeneland September Yearling Sale.
- October 23, 2019
McKinzie, Code of Honor, Midnight Bisou, Bricks and Mortar and Magical Lead 188 Horses Pre-Entered for 2019 Breeders’ Cup World Championships
Led by Whitney (G1) winner McKinzie, Travers Stakes (G1) and Jockey Club Gold Cup (G1) winner Code of Honor, standout filly Midnight Bisou, multiple Grade 1-winning turf star Bricks and Mortar, and Qipco Champions Stakes (G1) winner Magical (IRE), 188 horses, including 47 from overseas, have been pre-entered for the 2019 Breeders’ Cup World Championships.
- October 28, 2019
McKinzie, Midnight Bisou and Bricks and Mortar Lead Cast of 168 Horses Entered in 36th Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Friday and Saturday
Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman’s McKinzie has been installed as the 3-1 morning-line favorite in a field of 11 3-year-olds and up for Saturday’s $6 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) to be run at 1 ¼ miles on the main track, the climax of the 36th Breeders’ Cup World Championship races to be run Friday and Saturday at Santa Anita Park.
- September 19, 2019
Preakness Stakes Winner War of Will Leads Pennsylvania Derby and Undefeated Guarana Headlines Cotillion Stakes on Saturday from Parx Racing Live on NBC at 5 P.M. ET
The $1 million Pennsylvania Derby for 3-year-olds, led by Preakness Stakes winner War of Will, and the $1 million Cotillion Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, led by the undefeated Guarana headline the “Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series – Presented by America’s Best Racing” broadcast this Saturday, Sept. 21 live on NBC at 5 p.m. ET from Parx Racing in Bensalem, Pa.