04/20/2016 9:24AM

To Honor and Serve sires first winner from first starter


Freshman sire To Honor and Serve, a son of Bernardini, got his first winner from his first starter when the juvenile gelding French General won a trial race at Turf Paradise on Apr. 19. The 4 1/2-furlong race was for juveniles which are eligible for the ATBA Spring Sales Stakes, meaning horses that passed through the sales ring for the Arizona Thoroughbred Breeders Association sale as yearlings last November. The $10,000 trial was essentially a maiden race, as all six starters were making their career debut. The $35,000 ATBA Spring Sales Stakes will be held May 8.

French General was bred in Kentucky by Gainesway Farm, where To Honor and Serve stands, and was sold for $15,000 at the Keeneland September yearling sale, purchased by trainer Molly Pearson on behalf of owners Bar Diamond Ranch and Kenneth Fishbein, all the principals which race him. French General failed to reach his reserve at the ATBA sale when bought back for $20,000.

To Honor and Serve, an 8-year-old son of Bernardini out of Pilfer, by Deputy Minister, was a top racehorse all three years he campaigned, from ages 2 through 4, and was one of the best of his crop. Raced by Live Oak Plantation, which purchased him for $575,000 at the 2009 Keeneland September yearling sale, and trained by Bill Mott, To Honor and Serve won eight of 17 starts, including the Grade 1 Cigar Mile Handicap as a 3-year-old and the Grade 1 Woodward Stakes at 4, and he earned $1,798,840.

He won three of four starts at 2, including the Remsen and Nashua, both Grade 2, with Mucho Macho Man runner-up in both. At 3, he took the Grade 2 Pennsylvania Derby over Ruler On Ice. At 4, he also won the Grade 3 Westchester Stakes. He was third in the Grade 1 Florida Derby and third in the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap at 4.

To Honor and Serve stands for a fee of $15,000 in 2016, and he has 97 juveniles in his first crop of racing age. He began his stud in 2013 for a fee of $30,000.

To Honor and Serve’s dam, stakes-winning Pilfer, is also dam of multiple Grade 1-winning Angela Renee, also by Bernardini. Angela Renee, who won her 4-year-old debut in March at Aqueduct, has earned more than $500,000. Pilfer is also dam of stakes winner Elnaawi, by Street Sense, who was third in the Grade 1 Donn Handicap.