READY'S ECHO SOLD AS RACING/STALLION PROSPECT
Ready’s Echo took Let’s Go partners to some of racing’s greatest days, including a leg of the Triple Crown, and the Breeders’ Cup. A dramatic stretch runner, classic placed Ready's Echo has proved himself one of the most versatile horses of his time with grade one performances from seven furlongs to 1 1/2 miles, and graded stakes efforts on dirt, turf and polytrack..
The $100,000 yearling purchase indicated that he was going to give his owners some thrills right from the start of his career. Debuting in a 5½ furlong Saratoga maiden at two, Ready’s Echo broke slowly and lagged 25 lengths off the pace, before flying through the lane to take second. At three, he broke his maiden at Gulfstream, and then finished a close second in a hot allowance at Keeneland, with subsequent multiple graded stakes scorer Tizdejavu in third. A strong-finishing third in the Peter Pan Stakes (G2), earned Ready’s Echo a place in the Belmont Stakes (G1), on a day where Big Brown sought to make racing history by claiming the first Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978. Big Brown was unable to fulfill the hopes of his supporters, but Ready’s Echo gave Let’s Go partners a thrill, battling gamely through the stretch to gain a classic place by dead-heating for third. Given a break after this grueling contest, Ready’s Echo returned to take fourth in the Saranac Stakes (G3), and then take third in the Jamaica Handicap (G2). Time was to show the form of the Jamaica Handicap to be exceptional, as it was won by multiple grade one winner Court Vision, with future Champion Turf Horse Gio Ponti second: in fact, Ready’s Echo was up against the two best turf runners of his crop.
Ready’s Echo returned at four with an impressive win in a seven furlong Keeneland allowance race. Beaten little more than four lengths in the Metropolitan Handicap (G1) and the Suburban Handicap (G2), Ready’s Echo then added a second in the Seagram Cup (G3) on Woodbine’s all-weather surface. Shortening up to seven furlongs for the Forego Handicap (G1), Ready’s Echo, produced a spectacular effort. Under a heroic ride from Calvin Borel, he sliced his way through traffic for a fast-closing third, beaten only a length by the winner, Pyro, with the year’s Eclipse Award winning Champion Sprinter Kodiak Kowboy third. Ready’s Echo prepped for the Breeders’ Cup with a second in a tactical, and very muddy, renewal of the Kelso Handicap (G3). In the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1), slow fractions and a packed field forced Ready’s Echo to go wide to deliver his challenge. Knocked off stride by a rival at the quarter pole, he regrouped and launched a furious drive which saw him miss by just ¾ of a length. This remarkable effort earned the attention of several major players, and ultimately the offer “too good to refuse” came from a buyer who purchased Ready’s Echo to target a race at the Dubai World Cup. With earnings of well over $500,000, combined with his sale price, Ready’s Echo delivered a substantial return on investment to the partners.