Always B Miki pair back up in International Stallion Stakes
Always B Miki’s exciting first crop sons Perfect Sting and Southwind Gendry continued on their winning ways at The Red Mile over the weekend, taking out their respective International Stallion Stakes divisions for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings.
The unbeaten Perfect Sting (pictured) had to dig deep to maintain his perfect record in the second of the $99,700 splits.
Settling in sixth spot off the gate Perfect Sting moved forward through the second half with cover before angling out at the top of the straight to make his run. Mid-stretch though the royally bred colt still had three lengths to make up on the leader Summa Cum Laude but displaying a fierce will to win Perfect Sting wore down the margin relentlessly to get up in the final stride and win by a head in 1:49 4/5.
It was the third time this season that the Joe Hollaway trained colt has recorded a sub 1:50 win.
Perfect Sting has now won eight races straight and $304, 300 in stakes.
A home-bred for Brittany Farms and Val D’Or Farm, Perfect Sting is out of the fastest 3-year-old filly of all time, Shebestingin, a daughter of Bettor’s Delight.
It was a tight finish too in the last of the divisions with Southwind Gendry striding to the front past the three-quarter pole and then holding off a raft of challengers to score by a neck at the line in a time of 1:50 flat.
It was Southwind Gendry’s sixth win in row and eighth from 10 starts. With earnings now of $409,269 he remains the richest two-year-old pacing male in North America this season.
Out of the stakes winning Cam’s Card Shark mare Gambler’s Passion, Southwind Gendry is from the maternal family of the former NZ based stallion Sands A Flyin and was a $30,000 purchase at last year’s Lexington Select Yearling Sale.