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MEET OUR FOALS: Unnamed Filly
SKY MESA – ANGRY DRAGON, BY SMARTY JONES

TB, B, F, Foaled March 5, 2021

Sky Mesa ( Pulpit / Caress, by Storm Cat ) is a precocious Gr.1 winning son of sire-of-sires Pulpit who – month after breaking his maiden ­– won the $200,000 Gr.1 Hopeful Stakes in Saratoga. Next, he won the Gr.2 $400,000 Lane’s End Breeders’ Futurity in Keenland, placed 3rd in the Gr.2 $150,000 Dwyer Stakes in Belmont Park, and 2nd in the Gr.1 $1 million Haskell Invitational Handicap in Monmouth Park. He is the sire of 73 BTWs, 143 BTHs, and is sire to five champions.

The filly’s dam, Angry Dragon ( Smarty Jones / Screamer, by Roanoke ) is the dam of four of Circle 8 Ranch and Tropical Racing’s horses including colts Toretto and Suegaar (both by Handsome Mike and currently in training). She also foaled a filly by Bucchero for Circle 8 Ranch and Tropical Racing on March 7, 2020.

Smarty Jones (Elusive Quality / I’ll Get Along, by Smile ) is one of the most charismatic horses of the 21st Century. After breaking his maiden by 7 3/4 lengths in his 2-year-old debut in November, he won the Pennsylvania Nursery Stakes by 15 lengths in his second try. He didn’t start again until January when he won the Count Fleet Stakes at Aqueduct by 5 lengths. Shipped to Arkansas, he captured three straight stakes at Oaklawn Park, the Southwest by 3/4, the Rebel by 3 1/4, and the Gr. II Arkansas Derby by 1 1/2. He headed to the Kentucky Derby unbeaten in six races, which were won by a combined total of 33 1/4 lengths. He then added the Derby by 2 3/4 lengths and the Preakness by 11 1/2, finally losing his Triple Crown bid in the Belmont Stakes by one length to Birdstone. He retired with earnings of $7,613,155.

https://www.circleeightranch.com/weanlings/weanlings-filly-sky-mesa-angry-dragon/
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MEET OUR BROODMARES: More Royalty (FL)
MORE THAN READY – ROYAL ANCESTRY, BY DISTORTED HUMOR

TB, GR/RO, M, Foaled April 12, 2013.

More Than Ready is a perennial world-wide leader who will stand for $65,000 in 2021 at WinStar Farm in Versailles, Ky. As a dual hemisphere leader, he is the sire of 1887 winners and earners of nearly $195 million, including 203 black-type winners, the dams of 98 black-type winners, 11 champions in the U. S., Australia, Ireland, South Africa, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and Peru, and seven Breeders’ Cup winners.

More Royalty broke her maiden in her second start as a 2-year-old for Ocala’s Double Diamond Farm in a $60,000 maiden special at Gulfstream Park, came back to win again in her next start, then was sidelined for five months. She returned at three and finished second to a 3/5 shot in the $75,000 Melody of Colors Stakes at Gulfstream, and wound up an abbreviated nine-race career with earnings of $97,792. Her first foal is a soon-to-be 2-year-old filly by Mineshaft named Years Ago, who is reported to be working well at Double Diamond. Her second foal is a soon-to-be yearling filly by perennial Florida leading sire First Dude.

More Royalty was bred to the Curlin stallion Exaggerator and we are waiting for her foal to arrive.

https://www.circleeightranch.com/broodmares/broodmares-more-royalty/
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MEET OUR FOALS: Unnamed Filly
UPSTART – ISTAN AGAIN, BY ISTAN

TB, B, F, Foaled May 1, 2021

Upstart ( Flatter / Party Silks, by Touch Gold ) stands for $10,000 at Airdrie Stud in Kentucky. Considered Fatter’s best 2-year-old, Upstart won $1,732,780 in 15 starts with four 1sts, three 2nds, and four 3rds. He broke his maiden in his first attempt, and 15 days later he won the $200,000 Black Type Funny Cide Stakes in Saratoga. He also won the Gr. 2 $400,000 Lambholm South Holy Bull Stakes and the Gr.3 $350,000 Razorback Handicap. Upstart placed second in the Gr.1 $500,000 Champagne Stakes, the Gr.2 $400,000 Besilu Stables Fountain of Youth Stakes, and the Gr.1 $1 million Besilu Stables Florida Derby.

The filly’s dam, Istan Again ( Istan / Tell Me Again, by Majesticperfection is the daughter of Istan (Gone West – Ronda, by Bluebird) – a stallion whose first crop in 2009 had 42 foals, while his next three crops only had a total of 34 foals. The timing of his stallion career began during the 2008 bloodstock depression, which resulted in smaller books and less offspring. Although the quantity of foals was low during these lean years in the industry, the quality of Istan’s progeny was, and continues to be, very impressive with multiple stakes winners and multiple graded scorers.

https://www.circleeightranch.com/weanlings/weanlings-filly-upstart-istan-again/
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MEET OUR BROODMARES: Istan Again (KY)
ISTAN – TELL ME AGAIN, BY MAJESTICPERFECTION

TB, B, M, Foaled February 3, 2016.

Istan Again is the daughter of Istan (Gone West – Ronda, by Bluebird) – a stallion who’s first crop in 2009 had 42 foals, while his next three crops only had a total of 34 foals. The timing of his stallion career began during the 2008 bloodstock depression, which resulted in smaller books and less offspring. Although the quantity of foals was low during these lean years in the industry, the quality of Istan’s progeny was, and continues to be, very impressive with multiple stakes winners and multiple graded scorers.

In his first crop, Istan sired Gr. 3 winner and multiple-black type winner, Mr. Bowling (Istan – Goldilock’s Bear, by Irish Tower). The same year, he also sired Atigun (Istan – Rimini Road, by Dynaformer), who placed in the Gr. 1 Belmont Stakes, the Gr. 2 Breeders’ Cup Marathon, the Gr. 2 Razorback Handicap, and the Gr. 3 Louisville Handicap. In 2011 Istan only had 11 foals, yet two were Graded Stakes Winners – Istanford (Istan – Aerocat, by Tale of the Cat), who captured the Gr. 2 San Clemente Stakes and the Gr. 3 Arlington Classic Stakes, and Albano (Istan – Pocho’s Dream Girl, by Fortunate Prospect) – a Multiple Grade Placed runner who captured the Gr. 3 Pegasus Handicap.

Istan is the son of top-class sire Gone West. He won his maiden in his first attempt and continued to show high speed in winning stakes at a mile. He campaigned in France and did his best work in the United States, where he captured the Gr. 3 Ack Ack at Churchill Downs, the Ellis Park Governor’s Handicap, the Gr. 3 Turfway Fall Championship Stakes, the Artax Handicap (Listed), the Budweiser Challenger Stakes (Black Type).

Istan Again was bred to Upstart last season and we are awaiting the birth of her foal.

https://www.circleeightranch.com/broodmares/broodmares-istan-again/
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MEET OUR FOALS: Unnamed Colt
EXAGGERATOR – MORE ROYALTY, BY MORE THAN READY

TB, B, C, Foaled April 30, 2021

Exaggerator ( Curlin / Dawn Raid, by Vindication ) won $3,581,120 out of only 15 starts! He won the Gr.2 $200,000 Saratoga Special Stakes, the Gr.3 $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot Stakes, the Gr.1 $1 million Santa Anita Derby, the Gr.1 $1.5 million Preakness Stakes, and the Gr.1 $1 million betfair.com Haskell Invitational Stakes. He placed second in the Gr.1 $500,000 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity, the Gr.2 $200,000 San Vicente Stakes, and the Gr.1 $2 million Kentucky Derby. He is considered Curlin’s most accomplished 3-year-old and is his only three-time Gr.1 winner at stud and is a leading second crop sire by winners in 2021.

The colt’s dam, More Royalty ( More Than Ready / Royal Ancestry, by Distorted Humor) broke her maiden in her second start as a 2-year-old for Ocala’s Double Diamond Farm in a $60,000 maiden special at Gulfstream Park and then came back to win again in her next start. At three she finished second to a 3/5 shot in the $75,000 Melody of Colors Stakes at Gulfstream, and wound up an abbreviated nine-race career with earnings of $97,792.

More Than Ready is a perennial worldwide leader who stands for $65,000 in 2021 at WinStar Farm in Versailles, Ky. One of the youngest in history to attain 100 stakes winners and 1,000 winners, More Than Ready has sired Graded stakes winners in 12 countries, Gr.1 winners in seven. He is the No. 4 Sire of black type winners in HISTORY—208 across the globe. Only Danehill, Sadler’s Wells, and Galileo have more. He has acquired more than $203 million in worldwide progeny with 95 Graded stakes winners, 30 Gr.1 winners, and 12 champions on four different continents.

https://www.circleeightranch.com/weanlings/weanlings-colt-exaggerator-more-royalty/
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Troy Levy Interview with Past The Wire! Learn about Troy, his goals and philosophies, his views on the game, and where he is taking Circle 8 Ranch and all the Tropical investors. https://mailchi.mp/tropicalracing/troy-levy-interview-with-past-the-wire-2712961
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Troy Levy Interview with Past The Wire! Learn about Troy, his goals and philosophies, his views on the game, and where he is taking Circle 8 Ranch and all the Tropical investors. https://t.co/M4O59aKR77 https://t.co/IKkgcIPNv0 TropicalRacing photo

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Circle 8 Ranch and Tropical Racing add Regal Serenade to their band of exceptional broodmares. The mare, by Graded Stakes Winner Broken Vow and out of Black Type Winner Millenia, is currently in foal to Multiple Grade 1 Winner Omaha Beach. - https://t.co/4FmknXTpMM https://t.co/UdgnGe8lSj TropicalRacing photo

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