Second crop sire MASTERY has been on fire this week, registering four maiden winners in four days – including a pair of juvenile winners on Thursday.
The winning streak kicked off on Tuesday with the stallion’s Bridlewood Farm-bred Toosweettobesour winning a Maiden Special Weight. Trained by Paul Barrow for C T R Stables, it was a complete blowout by the 3-year-old filly.
Dueling for the lead early on, she took control soon after in the 1 1/16 mile dirt race and had the win locked up from there. Toosweettobesour romped to an 18 ¼ length win by the time she hit the line with the third placed horse 21 ½ lengths adrift of the winner. The filly has finished on the board in four of her six starts this year.
One day later, it was another 3-year-old filly – Spare a Dime – registering a Maiden Special Weight win in her second start. Bred by Kathryn Nikkel and Sanford Robertson, the MASTERY daughter trained by J Thomas Drury, Jr. for John Cox showed her sire’s versatility as a sire with a win over 5 ½ furlongs.
Racing near the back of the pack while rated by jockey John McKee, when she was let loose, she took off. McKee didn’t have to do much but stay on as the filly romped to a 7 ½ length victory in the Maiden Special Weight in impressive style.
MASTERY’s 2-year-old crop has come out running this year with his juvenile winner count tied with horses such as Arrogate, Tapit, Quality Road and Gun Runner and better than stallions such as Jimmy Creed and Dialed In.
Thursday saw a pair of 2-year-olds make their own stand with the wins again coming at 5 ½ furlongs and 1 1/16 miles.
The Sierra Nevada Racing-bred Miss Easy made her presence known on debut with a Maiden Special Weight victory over 5 ½ furlongs on the dirt.
Taking control almost immediately out of the gate, Miss Easy dealt with pressure throughout but handled it brilliantly. The Blazing Meadows Farm, Robert Tribbett, and Glenn Bechtel representative showed her determination by leaving the first rival behind then digging in to hold off another challenger near the wire for a half-length victory.
Trained by Tim Hamm, Miss Easy’s last four works have seen her rank in the top three every time with two bullets coming before her win as the favorite.
Two-year-old Master of None proved his name wrong at Laurel with a win at Laurel Park for Larry Johnson and R. D. M. Racing Stable. Bred by Bowman and Higgins Stable, the juvenile closely tracked the leader before letting him get away for a brief moment going into the far turn. Having a target to aim at proved to be just what Master of None needed and he took command just before the quarter pole and drove hard to the wire for a 1 ½ length victory with the third-place finisher 1 ½ lengths behind.
Just like Miss Easy, Master of None has put in a series of successful works with bullets at both Fair Hill and Laurel Park and two other top two ranking works at Fair Hill as well for trainer Michael Trombetta. Making two starts in his career, the gelding has a first and a third on his record.
With 42 winners in 2022, MASTERY sits 11th on the Second Crop Sire list. His runners are led by multiple graded stakes winner Midnight Memories