Tom’s Ready, the three-time Graded stakes-winning millionaire by More Than Ready, has been retired from racing and will take up stud duty at B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm in Lexington, KY. Tom’s Ready will stand the 2018 season for a stands-and-nurses fee of $6,000, and he will participate in Spendthrift’s renowned “Share The Upside” program for a fee of $7,500.
“We are excited to offer Tom’s Ready to breeders through our Share The Upside program in 2018,” said Ned Toffey, General Manager at Spendthrift. “More Than Ready is emerging as a promising sire of sires, and Tom’s Ready has tremendous looks and a millionaire’s race record. There’s a lot to like, and we believe breeders will see him as a great opportunity. Tom’s Ready has arrived at the farm, and we invite people to come out and see him.”
Now available for inspection, Tom’s Ready becomes the newest stallion to be offered through Spendthrift’s Share The Upside program. His Share The Upside fee of $7,500 comes with a one-year only commitment, and breeders will earn a lifetime breeding right beginning in 2019 after having one live foal and paying the stud fee. For breeders not interested in earning a lifetime breeding right, Tom’s Ready will be offered for $6,000 on a standard stands and nurses contract.
Campaigned by GMB Racing and trainer Dallas Stewart, Tom’s Ready scored the biggest victory of his millionaire career in the $500,000 Woody Stephens S. (G2) at Belmont last year as a 3-year-old. He went on to defeat older horses, including champion Runhappy, when winning the Ack Ack S. (G3) at Churchill at three, and was runner-up to Gun Runner in last year’s Louisiana Derby (G2) to qualify for the Kentucky Derby.
As a 2-year-old, Tom’s Ready broke his maiden by 3 ¼ lengths at Churchill before finishing a fast-closing runner-up in Churchill’s Street Sense S. in his subsequent start. This year at four, Tom’s Ready began the season with a third-place finish in the Churchill Downs H. (G2) on Kentucky Derby weekend, falling short by just three-quarters of a length at the wire. He followed that up with a win in the Leemat S. in July at Presque Isle.
This summer at Saratoga, Tom’s Ready finished third in the Forego H. (G1) before capturing his biggest victory of 2017 in the Bold Ruler H. (G3) in October at Belmont, earning a 107 Beyer – a career best. He retires with earnings of $1,036,267.
Tom’s Ready becomes the newest son to retire to stud by emerging sire of sires More Than Ready, whose son Sebring (Aus) is the sire of the reigning Australian Horse of the Year, Dissident (Aus). A $145,000 purchase at the 2014 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Select Yearling Sale, the striking dark bay colt was bred by Blackstone Farm from the Broad Brush mare Goodbye Stranger, a half-sister to stakes winners Lemonlime and Miss Moses.
For more information about Tom’s Ready or Spendthrift’s Share The Upside program, or to set up an appointment for inspection, please contact Des, Mark, or Brian at 859-294-0030, or visit SpendthriftFarm.com.