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Suns Out Guns Out

The only Winning Son of Empire Maker in Florida

The first foals by our son of Classic racehorse and sire EMPIRE MAKER arrived in 2018. SUNS OUT GUNS OUT won $327,451 from ages 2 to 5. Sold at the Fasig-Tipton Florida Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training for $325,000 to Buzz Chace, agent for West Point Thoroughbreds, SUNS OUT GUNS OUT was sent to the barn of Dale Romans, one of North America’s leading trainers.

After placing at 2, SUNS OUT GUNS OUT broke his maiden at Saratoga at 3 in a 1 1/8-mile dirt race, an $85,000 maiden special weight. His next start was the Oklahoma Derby where he was less than 2 lengths from the winner. On the board in all five of his next starts, SUNS OUT GUNS OUT returned to the winner’s circle in a 1 mile 70-yard allowance at Indiana Grand.

Fourth to Eldaafer, Indian Jones and Pool Play in the Grade 3 Greenwood Cup Stakes at Parx, trainer Dale Romans wheeled him back to allowance company where he won by 4 ¾ lengths. The Breeders’ Cup Marathon S.-G2 was the next test at Santa Anita. Finishing fourth by 2 ½ lengths from the winner SUNS OUT GUNS OUT was able to turn the tables on Indian Jones and Pool Play, where the European invader London Bridge won by a length.

SUNS OUT GUNS OUT made his final career start a winning one at Gulfstream in March of his 5-year-old season, defeating the very fast Stormin Monarcho by 3 ¼ lengths in 1:34.61 for the one-mile race. From 26 starts SUNS OUT GUNS OUT was on the board 19 times.

EMPIRE MAKER is the sire of four championship titles and 11 main track Grade 1 winners, including two-time Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) winner, multiple Eclipse Award champion, and six-time G1 winner ROYAL DELTA ($4,811,126, Sold for $8.5-million). An emerging sire of sires with young G1-winning millionaires at stud such as PIONEEROF THE NILE (sire of Triple Crown winner AMERICAN PHAROAH), in fact EMPIRE MAKER, PIONEEROF THE NILE and AMERICAN PHAROAH all rank among North America’s Leading Seven Yearling Sires by Average Price in 2018.

Out of the ARCH mare ANGLE ARCH, SUNS OUT GUNS OUT’s second dam is the successful DEPUTY MINISTER broodmare MAID’S BROOM, dam of multiple graded stakes winning millionaire and sire TENPINS, multiple stakes winners IT’S A SWEEP and OVERRIDE BATTLE and stakes winning filly DUST AROUND. Third dam, stakes winner and graded placed OVERREACTION is a daughter of NODOUBLE and BAMBEE T. T., by BETTER BEE. The successful family of sires CLEVER TRICK, ALYDEED, SECRET ODDS, PETIT LOUP, ASCOT KNIGHT, etc.


Empire Maker–Angel Arch, by Smart Strike

2019 Fee: $1500 LFG

2017 Fee: 2,500 S&N

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Always Dreaming's Connections Officially Accept Invitation To Preakness

Always Dreaming, impressive winner of the Kentucky Derby (G1), is headed to historic Pimlico Race Course for the Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown, the 142nd Preakness Stakes (G1) Saturday, May 20.

At 8:10 a.m. Sunday, Maryland Jockey Club President and General Manager Sal Sinatra called trainer Todd Pletcher and formally invited he and the other winning connections of Always Dreaming to continue their Triple Crown dream in the Preakness.

“I congratulated him on winning the race and extended him the traditional invitation to the Preakness, which he accepted,” Sinatra said. “We are thrilled to have the Derby winner and he is excited about coming. He’s going into the Preakness Barn and putting Always Dreaming in Stall 40, which is historically reserved for the Derby winner. He said he wanted to keep the mojo going.”

Owned by MeB Racing Stables, Teresa Viola Racing Stables, St. Elias Stables, Brooklyn Boyz Stables, Siena Farm and West Point Thoroughbreds, Always Dreaming is scheduled to arrive Tuesday morning following a flight from Kentucky that will also include Preakness contender Royal Mo, trained by John Shirreffs.

Sinatra said Pletcher requested 12 stalls at Pimlico, which will host 15 stakes, eight graded, worth $3.7 million in purses on a Preakness weekend that kicks off with Black-Eyed Susan Day Friday, May 20.

Among the horses Pletcher is considering for the weekend are Rebel (G2) winner Malagacy in the Preakness; multiple graded stakes-placed 3-year-old Hedge Fund in the Chick Lang, which had its purse doubled to $200,000 this year; and 3-year-old filly Lights of Medina, who earned automatic entry into the $250,000 Black-Eyed Susan (G2) by virtue of her victory in the Weber City Miss April 22 at Laurel Park.

Preakness Week at Pimlico offers several events including Sunrise at Old Hilltop, where fans can have breakfast trackside while watching horses go through their morning exercise; the traditional Alibi Breakfast on Thursday, May 18; and Budweiser InfieldFest, one of the country’s most eclectic outdoor music festivals.

Headlining this year’s InfieldFest on Preakness Day is multi-platinum crossover artist Sam Hunt, joined by Grammy and Billboard award-winning electronic music artist Zedd, pop-punk award-winning and multi-platinum artist Good Charlotte, along with LOCASH, Preston Brust and High Valley. Additional information can be found on

The second-biggest day on the Maryland racing calendar behind Preakness day in terms of purses, attendance and handle, Black-Eyed Susan day features 14 races and the Ultimate Girls Day Outhonoring the spirit and strength of women with events to benefit both Susan G. Komen Maryland and the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance. Additional information can be found on

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