02/16/2015 9:31AM

SirePowered Results: Henny Hughes


Henny Hughes’s top runner has not yet seen action in 2015, but it’s already been a productive year for the stallion.

According to DRF’s SirePowered Results, Henny Hughes, best known as the sire of two-time champion Beholder, registered three victories over the weekend, led by Merry Meadow’s score in the Grade 3 Hurricane Bertie Stakes at Gulfstream Park on Saturday.

Merry Meadow, a rising star in the female sprint division, recorded her third straight stakes victory in the Hurricane Bertie, romping by 9 1/2 lengths in her 2015 debut and earning a 98 Beyer Speed Figure. Out of the winning Allen’s Prospect mare Merryland Monroe, Merry Meadow previously captured the Sky Beauty Stakes and the Grade 3 Sugar Swirl Stakes to conclude her 2014 campaign.

The Henny Hughes filly Verismilitude made it back-to-back wins this year by finishing in a dead heat for first in an optional-claiming race on Saturday at Aqueduct. The filly, who is out of the winning Trempolino mare Open Window, posted an 84 Beyer, improving over the 69 earned in a Jan. 4 allowance win.

One day earlier, Rooster Bullet won an optional claimer at Delta Downs, earning an 84 Beyer. The gelding is out of the multiple stakes-winning You and I mare Sweet Nanette.

Multiple Grade 1-placed as a juvenile, Henny Hughes blossomed as a sprinter in his 3-year-old season, scoring Grade 1 wins in the King’s Bishop Stakes and the Vosburgh Stakes, the latter against elders. He won 6 of 10 career starts, only missing the board once, for earnings of $1,124,820. The horse began his stud career at Darley’s Jonabell Farm near Lexington, Ky., and later stood at Walmac Farm in Lexington; he also shuttled to Australia. He was sold to stand in Japan beginning with the 2014 season.

Henny Hughes’s top runner is Beholder, who owns six Grade 1 victories, highlighted by the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies and 2013 Breeders’ Cup Distaff. Both victories secured divisional Eclipse Awards for the mare, who has bankrolled $3,368,300. Knocked out of last year’s Breeders’ Cup due to illness, Beholder is back in training, and targeting a return in the Grade 1 Madison Stakes on April 4 at Keeneland.

Henny Hughes’s other top runners include Japanese champion Asia Express and graded/group stakes winners Chitu, Honey Hues, She Digs Me, Keiai Leone, and Henny Hound.

Get complete results for Henny Hughes and other stallions using DRF's SirePowered Results. To access the tool, click here.