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Country Day daughter Break Even wins the G2 Eight Belles Stakes

Undefeated Break Even Romps in the Eight Belles Stakes

Richard Klein’s homebred filly went gate-to-wire to win by 5 1/2 lengths in 1:22.13.

 

The home team took a runaway victory in the $250,000 Eight Belles Stakes Presented by Derby City Gaming (G2), where the Klein family homebred Break Even won the first graded stakes on the May 3 Churchill Downs card.

“This is a homebred on homebred,” said Richard Klein, who owns the 3-year-old filly’s sire Country Day and raced her dam, Exotic Wager, who tragically had to euthanized earlier this year. “This is emotional because my parents aren’t here to be a part of it, but I went to the cemetery yesterday and told them we were going to have a good weekend, and they would be a part of it. I told them just hold each other’s hands and smile.”

The family bred and raced Break Even’s sire, graded-placed stakes winner Country Day, a son of Speightstown , who was relocated from Crestwood Farm to Peach Lane Farms in Louisiana for this year’s breeding season.

Klein said he and trainer Brad Cox had some reservations about Break Even’s first test at seven furlongs, but they had no concerns about her speed.

“She is a very talented filly that we knew was good from day one. This is as good a sprinter as we have ever had and we’ve had some good ones,” the owner/breeder said.

As expected, Break Even and jockey Shaun Bridgmohan flew out of the gate and had opened up a 2 1/2-length lead ahead of the field of eight other challenges by the opening quarter, which she rocked in :22.08. When she blew through the first half-mile in :44.14, Cox began to worry a bit.

Break Even, now undefeated in four starts, broke her maiden Jan. 1 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots by five lengths. Since then, she won consecutive races by 4 1/2 lengths each, including the listed Purple Martin Stakes at Oaklawn Park.

“The most impressive thing about Break Even is how laid back she is,” Cox said. “A lot of times horses that go that fast are keyed up in the mornings; they pull, pull, pull. Not this filly. She gallops around every morning nice and easy. This filly handled everything well today. She is a very mature filly from a mental standpoint.”

Cox said Break Even won so impressively she will be considered for the June 8 Acorn Stakes (G1) going a mile at Belmont Park. He said they’ll wait to see who comes out of the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) and aims for the stakes on the Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (G1) under card.

Break Even is the third black-type winner for Country Day. The others are grade 3 winner Will Call and black-type winner Play On, all of them bred and raced by Klein and trained by Cox.

Country Day is a graded-placed, multiple stakes winner, who banked more than $500,000 when he was retired. To date he has sired 37 winners out of 57 to race. His progeny have earned more than $2.32 million and average $40,721 per runner. He is standing at Peach Lane Farms in Opelousas, Louisiana.

“It is tough standing a stallion, but I hope people will start taking a look at him,” Klein said.

 

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Country Day Moves to Stand at Peach Lane Farms

#22 COUNTRY DAY 9_27_13 JOYCBreeders Cup placed multiple stakes winner Country Day is moving to Lora Pitre’s Peach Lane Farms in Opelousas for the 2019 breeding season.

Country Day captured three stakes and placed in five others. He finished second in the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (gr. II) in which he was beaten 1 1/2 lengths. Country Day, who raced at nine tracks, won on dirt, turf, and synthetic surfaces. He recorded a 105 Beyer speed figure when scoring by six lengths at Fair Grounds at 3 and a 102 when winning the Hot Springs Stakes at Oaklawn Park the following year. Country Day was retired with a record of 7-4-2 from 19 starts and earnings of $503,829.

The son of Speightstown out of the graded stakes winning Mt. Livermore mare Hidden Assets entered stud in 2013 at Pope McLean’s Crestwood Farm near Lexington for Bertram, Elaine, and Richard Klein who campaigned him during his racing career. Country Day is a half brother to multiple stakes winners Due Date and Good Deed and traces back in female family to Calumet Farm’s blue hen Blue Delight, whose other descendants include major winner and sire Alydar.

With his third crop being two-year-olds of 2018, Country Day already has a graded stakes winner, Will Call to his credit. Will Call, from Country Day’s first crop, won the 2018 G3 Twin Spires Turf Sprint S. at Churchill Downs and currently has a record of 11-6-1-1 with $271,837 in earnings. Additionally, from his second crop, Sir Brogan is a stakes placed winner.

“Mr. Klein and I have had a business relationship for several years. He’s a class act and a pleasure to work with. I am very excited about this new Country Day partnership and appreciate his continued support of the Louisiana Bred Program,” says Pitre.

Country Day is standing for a 2019 fee of $2,000 live foal payable when foal stands and nurses for owners Richard Klein and Lora Pitre. Special consideration will be given to stakes mares.

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Interactif to Peach Lane Farms

Interactif, the third leading 2017 Louisiana third crop sire has moved to Lora Pitre’s Peach Lane Farms in Opelousas.

As a two-year-old, Interactif won the Bourbon Stakes at Keeneland and the With Anticipation Stakes (defeating Paddy O’Prado) at Saratoga, both Grade 3 events before placing third in the G2 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Oak Tree at Santa Anita. At three, he won the G2 National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes at Saratoga. From twelve starts, he had four wins, three of them in stakes, and ran second or third in another four stakes with earnings of $563,700.

A 2007 son of Broken Vow out of Broad Pennant, an unraced multiple stakes producing daughter of Broad Brush, Interactif entered stud in 2012. He has three stakes horses to date including 2016 D.S. Shine Young winner Actif Storm and 2017 mutliple stakes placed winner So Sorry Ruston.

Interactif’s 2018 fee is $2,000 live foal.

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Pick of the Litter to Stand at Peach Lane Farms

Grade 2 winner Pick of the Litter will be standing the 2018 breeding season at Peach Lane Farms in Opelousas, Louisiana.

Unraced at two, Pick of the Litter broke his maiden at three by 7 1/2 lengths at Gulfstream Park, going on to place third in the G3 Coolmore Lexington Stakes at Keeneland.

At four he won the G2 Hagyard Fayette Stakes at Keeneland setting a new track record of 1:49 2/5 for the mile and one eighth while carrying equal top weight in the contest.

He earned $419,110 from 19 starts, with 5 wins, 4 seconds and two thirds.

A son of Kitten’s Joy (currently ranked 4th among leading sires in North America) out of Eagle Sound, a winning daughter of Fusaichi Pegasus, Pick of the Litter is standing for a 2018 fee of $2,000 live foal.

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