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.
SUNS OUT GUNS OUT
Empire Maker–Angel Arch, by Smart Strike
2019 Fee: $1500 LFG
2017 Fee: 2,500 S&N