One of the leading North American 2-year-olds of his generation, winning the time honored Group 2 Sanford Stakes, a race won by his own sire More Than Ready (USA), Ready's Image returns to the Hunter Valley for his highly anticipated fourth season at stud.
Ready's Image's first crops from both hemispheres are two-year olds of 2012. He has been well represented in the U.S. at prominent breeze-up sales, most notably by a $220,000 colt, now named Broadway Hat, which multiple Eclipse Award-Winning trainer Todd Pletcher (former trainer of Ready's Image and More Than Ready) extended to at the OBS sale in March.
Most importantly, first runners are making their mark for the young sire on the race track; where it really counts. Leinan, out of the Green Desert mare Golden Mirage, annihilated a deep field of two-year-old filly first-time starters at Keeneland's boutique spring meet in late April, drawing away from her opponents and winning by several lengths. Also, the aforementioned Broadway Hat ran a solid second in a maiden special weight at Belmont Park on May 11 in his debut bout. While still a maiden, he is currently in the top 50 on Racing Nation's 2013 Derby contender list. Other reports from U.S. breakers and trainers couldn't be more positive, so similar results will hopefully abound.
Breeders on both ends of the globe have clamored over the sire's first couple crops, noting their size, strength, precocity, and correctness. On top of throwing to type, Ready's Image boasts a distinct competitive advantage over other sons of More Than Ready at stud in Australia/ New Zealand: he's still the outcross and fresh blood that is complimentary to the broodmare population in the region. "Ready's Image was as forward and fast as they come," mentions Lincoln Farm proprietor Nick Posa. "Considering Australia's appetite for precocious horses and the fact that he has proved to produce very nice types, the decision to breed to Ready's Image should be easy, especially at the reasonable fee."
At $5,500 Ready's Image could very well prove to be a basement bargain for astute breeders. They are surely taking advantage of the similar fee he has in Kentucky. After his fourth Northern hemisphere stud season, Ready's Image has not only covered a book of 100+ mares, but he has amazingly bred more mares each subsequent season. As stallion farms are well aware, stallions often lose popularity in their third/forth seasons as breeders become risk-averse, but Ready's Image is an exception. "It's clear the U.S. market is responding strongly to the horse's first few crops so I think it's only a matter of time until Australia follows suit," contends Posa.
Ready's Image enters quarantine in the U.S. soon and is expected to arrive at Lincoln Farm mid-August.