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Suances (GB)
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Suances runner makes it two in a row at Hollywood Park

Three-year-old Adam Suances stamped himself as an up-and-coming horse to watch on July 11, when he captured his second consecutive outing at Hollywood Park, thereby becoming the second multiple winner to hail from the initial crop of runners sired by the California stallion Suances (GB).

The Darrell Vienna-trained gelding, who broke his maiden after a nearly 13-month layoff in a local 6 1/2-furlong claiming contest on June 18, turned in three bullet works over the Santa Anita Park training track following that race in preparation for his third lifetime start. Partnered again with jockey Martin Pedroza and installed at odds of 2-1 for the 6 1/2-furlong starter allowance, Adam Suances stalked the pacesetter through the opening half-mile from a running position along the rail, gained the advantage in midstretch and pulled away to a 1 1/4-length victory in 1:16.06.

Adam Suances collected $19,140 for the effort to push his total earnings to $31,440. He was bred in California by his owner, Red Baron's Barn, and produced by Carbon Copy (GB), a winning daughter of Pivotal (GB).

A Group 1 winner in France and Grade 2 winner in the United States, Suances currently holds court at Rancho Temescal in Piru. The 12-year-old Most Welcome (GB) sire is credited with progeny earnings of $241,320 from two crops to race, led by the Grade 2-placed stakes winner Feisty Suances. - July 11, 2009

It's back-to-back winners at Hollywood Park for Suances

Just one day after Adam Suances became the second winner for Suances (GB), the California-based stallion was represented by another successful runner from his initial crop when Suances de Espana also broke her maiden at Hollywood Park for the same connections.

The 3-year-old filly, a homebred runner for Jed Cohen's Red Baron's Barn, was making her career debut in a 5 1/2-furlong test on the Inglewood oval's all-weather Cushion Track surface on June 19. Like her cropmate, Adam Suances, she entered the race off a series of works over Santa Anita Park's dirt training track for conditioner Darrell Vienna, and was partnered with veteran rider Martin Pedroza.

Facing eight other starters, including two of her elders, Suances de Espana stalked the pace from the outside, made her bid between horses on the turn and outlasted the eventual runner-up in a determined stretch battle that resulted in her one-length victory. She was clocked in 1:04.58 for the distance, and returned a $9 win ticket as the 7-2 second wagering choice. Although she was eligible to be claimed for $25,000, she returned to her own stall after having her photo taken in the winner's circle.

The California-bred filly is the first foal out of the stakes-placed winner Estrada, by Mutakddim. She earned $9,000 for her first foray as a racehorse.

Suances, a Group 1 winner in France and Grade 2 winner in Northern California, holds court at Rancho Temescal in Piru. The 12-year-old Most Welcome (GB) stallion is represented by progeny earnings of $222,180 from two crops to race. - June 19, 2009

Suances gelding provides comeback for injured jockey

When Adam Suances outran 10 contenders in a 6 1/2-furlong maiden claiming test at Hollywood Park on June 18, it marked a successful return to the races for both the gelding and his jockey. Unraced in nearly 13 months, the Suances (GB) sophomore carried journeyman Martin Pedroza to the winner's circle for the first time since the rider was hospitalized with a broken pelvis five months earlier.

A California-bred runner from his sire's initial crop, Adam Suances had been sidelined since he ran seventh in his debut at Golden Gate Fields in May 2008. Although he had turned in a series of comeback works over the dirt training track at Santa Anita Park since April, he was ignored by most handicappers when he went to post for his second career start, and offered steep odds of 17-1 while running for a $35,000 claiming price.

Pedroza put his mount into contention early, pushing the pacesetter from second through the first half-mile before assuming the lead in the stretch. Once clear, the duo rallied to a three-length victory in 1:16.62, giving the 43-year-old jockey his first win back just one week after he returned to the irons following a post parade incident last January.

Adam Suances is campaigned by his breeder, Red Baron's Barn, and conditioned by Darrell Vienna. He is the first foal out of the winning Pivotal (GB) mare Carbon Copy (GB), and has banked $12,300 to date.

Twelve-year-old Suances, a European champion and second-crop sire by Most Welcome (GB), stands at Rancho Temescal in Piru, California. - June 18, 2009

Suances colt emerges at Golden Gate with first stakes victory

After running within mere lengths of 2009 Kentucky Derby (G1) runner-up Pioneerof the Nile in his previous two starts, California-bred Feisty Suances finally escaped the multiple Grade 1 winner's daunting shadow and snagged an elusive stakes trophy of his own on May 2. The classy colt, from the first crop of Suances (GB), ran away with Golden Gate Fields' $75,000 Silky Sullivan Stakes by four widening lengths.

Installed as the 2-5 favorite for his fifth consecutive stakes outing, Feisty Suances broke on top and led at every call of the 1 1/16-mile race, which was moved from the turf course to the track's main Tapeta surface due to rain. He carried jockey Kyle Kaenel to the wire in 1:45.39, leaving four outmatched foes in his wake.

The 3-year-old colt, who was undefeated in his first three career starts in Southern California last fall, entered the Silky Sullivan off a fifth-place finish behind Pioneerof the Nile in Santa Anita Park's $750,000 Santa Anita Derby (G1) on April 4. Prior to that race, he had run a close second to the same rival in the track's $200,000 San Felipe Stakes (G2).

The second-place finisher from the Santa Anita Derby, Grade 3 winner Chocolate Candy, went on to run fifth of 19 in the Kentucky Derby.

Feisty Suances is trained by Darrell Vienna for his owner and breeder, Red Baron's Barn. He is the first foal out of the winning Good and Tough mare Good and Hot, and has earned $184,820 to date, with four victories and two placings from eight starts.

Suances, a Group 1 winner in France and Grade 2 winner in the United States, resides at Rancho Temescal in Piru, California. The 12-year-old son of Most Welcome (GB) has sired two crops of racing age. - May 2, 2009

Cal-bred Suances colt runs game second in G2 San Felipe

California-bred Feisty Suances, a colt from the first crop of European champion Suances (GB), gave the decorated Kentucky Derby (G1) hopeful Pioneerof the Nile a run for his money on March 14, when he came within 1 1/4 lengths of the Grade 1 winner in Santa Anita Park's $200,000 San Felipe Stakes (G2).

A stakes-placed colt who won three of four starts during his 2008 juvenile campaign, Feisty Suances entered the 1 1/16-mile San Felipe off a fourth-place effort in Golden Gate Fields' $100,000 California Derby, which was contested at the same distance on January 17 and marked his 2009 debut.

Reunited with regular rider David Flores at Santa Anita and sent postward at odds of 11-1 for his second start as a 3-year-old, the colt maintained an early running position along the rail behind pacesetter New Bay, shifted outside the tiring front-runner in the second turn and ran on willingly to the wire, which he ultimately reached a length in front of third-place finisher Jeranimo.

Feisty Suances' runner-up finish in the 72nd edition of the San Felipe places him along elite company; among the other notable runners to finish second in this race over the past 30 years were subsequent Kentucky Derby winners Giacomo (2005), Real Quiet (1998), Silver Charm (1997), Alysheba (1987) and Gato Del Sol (1982).

The Darrell Vienna trainee, who also ran second in Santa Anita's $125,000 California Breeders' Champion Stakes last December, has compiled a six-race record of three wins and two placings, and earnings of $124,820. Produced by the winning Good and Tough mare Good and Hot, he is campaigned by his breeder, Red Baron's Barn.

Twelve-year-old Suances, a Group 1 winner and French highweight at 3, currently stands at Rancho Temescal in Piru, California. The Most Welcome (GB) stallion was represented by his first crop of runners in 2008. - March 14, 2009

Suances' top earner ends juvenile season with stakes placing

On December 26, 2-year-old Feisty Suances entered the 69th edition of the $125,000 California Breeders' Champion Stakes undefeated from three starts and as the 3-1 wagering favorite. Although the Suances (GB) colt did not emerge with a victory on opening day of Santa Anita Park's 2008/2009 Winter/Spring Meet, he was game in defeat, finishing a stubborn second in his stakes debut after battling for the lead throughout the seven-furlong test.

A dual winner during the local Oak Tree Racing Association meet last autumn and an allowance winner at Hollywood Park in late November, Feisty Suances had never been headed prior to the historic Cal Breeders' race. Partnered with regular rider David Flores, he got involved with a speed duel, running a close second through opening fractions of :22.75, :44.80 and 1:09.03. At the eighth pole, he managed to put his tiring main rival away while briefly sticking his head in front of the 12-horse field, but he was passed late by the surging All Saint and ultimately finished a length behind that winning rival at the wire. The final time on Pro-Ride was 1:22.07.

Bred and campaigned by Red Baron's Barn and conditioned by Darrell Vienna, Feisty Suances brought his four-race earnings to $78,820 with his runner-up check. The California-bred colt was produced by the winner Good and Hot, by Good and Tough.

Group 1 winner Suances stands at Rancho Temescal in Piru, California. The 11-year-old Most Welcome (GB) stallion is represented by his first crop of runners in 2008. - December 26, 2008

First-crop Suances colt remains unbeaten and untested

California-bred Feisty Suances kept his three-race record pristine on November 23, when he dominated a 7 1/2-furlong allowance race at Hollywood Park from flag fall to finish.

The official race comments for the front-running, 2-year-old son of Suances (GB) all read the same: "ridden out". A two-time winner during the 2008 Oak Tree Racing Association meet at Santa Anita Park - first at 6 1/2 furlongs in September, then at one mile in October - Feisty Suances took his A-game with him across town to Inglewood for his third consecutive victory under partner David Flores.

The Red Baron's Barn homebred broke first from the gate, shot to an early lead and proved much the best under a steady hand ride, spurning his four rivals with a 1 1/4-length triumph in 1:28.61 over CushionTrack. As the first foal out of the winning Good and Tough mare Good and Hot, he has earned $53,820 under the tutelage of trainer Darrell Vienna.

Suances, an 11-year-old son of Most Welcome (GB) who captured a Group 1 race in France and a Grade 2 race in the United States, resides at Rancho Temescal in Piru, California. His first-crop progeny earnings currently stand at $58,980, with the lion's share attributed to his undefeated colt. - November 23, 2008