LEXINGTON, Ky. – Gormley moved into the top five on the 2021 First-Crop Sire list after registering a trio of maiden special weight winners on Tuesday. The Spendthrift stallion now has a total of 14 winners and has a half-dozen opportunities to add to that total with entries over the next four days.
Sterling Hill breaking his maiden at Belmont on October 14 under jockey Eric Cancel. (Chelsea Durand)
The first of the three winners came at Belmont Park when Sterling Hill took a one-mile main track contest by a length (WATCH RACE). The gray juvenile led from the three-eighths pole to the wire after sitting in second early on. He is owned by Come What May Racing and Douglas Sullivan and was bred by Henry Landry. Sterling Hill is from the family of millionaire and six-time graded stakes winner Spring House.
At Delta Downs, Indefensible won his seven-furlong debut by a half-length, and similar to Sterling Hill, stalked in second before taking the lead in the latter half of the race (WATCH RACE). Indefensible races for Omar al Ahbabi and was bred by Mike and Tyler Harris. The colt’s dam Barbette won or placed in six stakes.
Rounding out the trio was Stalking Moon, a 1 ¼-length winner of a five-furlong off-the-turf event at Indian Grand. Stalking Moon got the lead for good in midstretch to win going away. The bay colt is owned by the team of Paradise Farms Corp., David Staudacher and Gata Racing LLC. He was bred by James and Jane Fraser. Stalking Moon’s dam Whitelacenpromises has already produced three stakes winners from six foals to race.
Gormley, who is carrying on Malibu Moon’s legacy at Spendthrift, was a Grade 1 winner at both two and three. The farm recently announced his 2022 fee at $7,500 S&N.
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