Big Ass Fans Dirt Mile Division
OwnerAllied Racing Stable, LLC & Spendthrift Farm, 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.
- November 7, 2020
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- November 3, 2020
Due in part to his dominating score last time out in the Kelso Handicap (G2), Klaravich Stables’ Complexity was given 2/1 favoritism while drawing post 10 for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Big Ass Fans Dirt Mile (G1), held in 2020 at Keeneland on Saturday, November 7.