Having placed in his last two starts here, CLEAN MIND rolled past the leader in the stretch to win this six-furlong Maiden test at Gulfstream Park by 2 1/4 lengths. The fifth 2-year-old winner by DAAHER raced in second behind the pacesetter, then ran past that one in mid-stretch to get the win. The colt was bred by Hal Snowden Jr. out of Very Unnecessary, by West Acre.
ONE LAST EMPRESS, a 2-year-old filly by DAAHER, finished runner-up in the $93,000 Iowa Sorority S., this following her runner-up effort against males in the Iowa Stallion Futurity. She was a 5 1/2-length winner in a Maiden Special Weight in her second career start July 1, before jumping into stakes competition in her last two starts. Out of the Empire Maker mare, Swift Empress, ONE LAST EMPRESS races for her breeder Runaway Racing LLC.
RIQQA made it two straight wins and his fourth in the last eight starts with a 3 1/2-length allowance score. The 4-year-old son of DAAHER was five lengths back after a half mile in this six-furlong test, but went four wide turning for home and put in a strong closing kick to win going away at Prairie Meadows. RIQQA was a two-length winner at Oaklawn Park for the first of four wins in this stretch. Bred by Shadwell Farm out of the Sahm mare Ishraak, he is handled by the meet’s leading trainer by wins, Karl Broberg, for owner End Zone Athletics, Inc.
RETROSPECTION came from far back to win his second stakes in his last three starts taking the $150,000 Governor’s S. by two lengths. The 3-year-old son of DAAHER was coming off a runner-up finish in his initial start on turf, the $100,000 Snack S. Prior to that start he won the $100,000 male division of the Hoosier Breeders Sophomore S. He has now finished first of second in his last six starts from seven career outings. Out of the Silver Hawk mare Atherbest, RETROSPECTION was bred by Randy Burkett, is owned by Beth Burkett and trained by Michael Maker.
From his 2-year-old starters this year, DAAHER has sired four winners and two placed horses from seven starters, an impressive 86% won/placed ratio. The winners, two which are now stakes horses, all had victories in Maiden Special Weight company. They include DA GRUMP, who won his maiden by five lengths and next out won the Silver Cup Futurity by 4 1/2 lengths, and ONE LAST EMPRESS (pictured), who won by 5 1/2 lengths, then finished runner-up against males, beaten less than a length, in the Iowa Stallion Futurity in her next start.
Following up his five-length Maiden Special Weight score on July 7th, DA GRUMP once again took the lead near the top of the stretch and pulled away to win the 5 1/2-furlong Silver Cup Futurity by 4 1/2 lengths at Arapahoe Park. In his only other start, the 2-year-old son of DAAHER finished runner-up in his debut to a next out stakes winner and was nearly eight lengths in front of the third-place finisher. Out of the Pioneering mare, Kranky Karol, DA GRUMP became the fifth stakes winner this year for his sire.
Stakes winner RETROSPECTION pushed his earnings to over $114,000 with a runner-up effort in the $100,000 Snack S. at Indiana Grand Race Course. It was the first start on turf for the 3-year-old son of DAAHER who has now finished first or second in his last five starts from six career outings. RETROSPECTION overcame a tremendous amount of trouble to win the 1 1/16-mile Hoosier Breeders Sophomore S. last time out. Last year at 2, he won a Maiden Special Weight in his second career start..
Runner-up one race back to a next out stakes winner, VIRTUE AND VICE closed through the stretch to win this six-furlong Maiden Special Weight at Presque Isle Downs by 3/4 length. Making his third career start, the son of DAAHER saved ground until the top of the stretch, went three wide turning for home and ran past the runner-up late to get the win. Out of the Gilded Time mare, Tabadabado, VIRTUE AND VICE races for owner/trainer Ron Potts and becomes the fourth 2-year-old winner, all in Maiden Special Weights, from seven starters for DAAHER.
Coming off a strong win in a Maiden Special last out, ONE LAST EMPRESS put in a strong performance against males to finish runner-up in the Iowa Stallion Futurity, beaten less than a length. The 2-year-old filly by DAAHER stalked the frontrunner from the outset, lost a little ground on the turn, but closed the gap in the final furlong to make it close going 5 1/2 furlongs at Prairie Meadows. ONE LAST EMPRESS was over seven lengths in front of the third-place finisher. Out of the Empire Maker mare, Swift Empress, this was only her third career start and was coming off a 5 1/2-length Maiden Special Weight score just two weeks ago.
Making his second start after a runner-up finish in his debut, DA GRUMP took command of this Maiden Special Weight before they’d reached the top of the stretch and pulled away by five lengths as much the best. The 2-year-old son of DAAHER out of the Pioneering mare, Kranky Karol, defeated nine rivals in this 5 1/2-furlong race at Arapahoe. In his runner-up debut, DA GRUMP was eight lengths in front of the third-place finisher.
SOLID RED RUBY drew off through the stretch at Ellis Park to win this one mile Maiden race by 8 1/4 lengths. The 3-year-old filly by DAAHER out of the Two Punch mare, Hope for Nations, was making her third career start. She was bred by Eric Foster & Brooklyn Foster, races for their Foster Family Racing, and is trained by co-breeder Eric Foster.