Sir Anthony Does It Again
July 05, 2019
Congratulations to long time Lantern Hill client Richard Otto, whose patience and love for his horses never wavers. Foaled in Illinois, but raised at Lantern Hill, as was his dam, Sir Anthony has done his grandmother Amourette (El Gran Senor-Chase the Dream, by Sir Ivor) proud. At the tender age of 23, she is retired here and is the proud chaperone of our yearling sales fillies.
(Paulick Report 07/05/2019)
Richard Otto's homebred Sir Anthony was an 8-1 surprise in Friday's G3 Cornhusker Handicap at Prairie Meadows, closing well off the early pace to score by a half-length on the wire. Ridden by Pedro Cotto, Jr., the 4-year-old Mineshaft ridgling covered nine furlongs over the fast main track in 1:48:98. The Cornhusker was the first win from 17 starts this season for trainer Anthony Mitchell.
Slow to get going out of the gate, Sir Anthony was at least a dozen lenghts off the early leaders in the Cornhusker. There was a three-way battle for that front spot between Pinson, defending winner Remembering Rita, and Popularity, who set fractions of :23.00 and :46.72.
Meanwhile, Remembering Rita had kicked away to a three-length advantage at the head of the lane. Cotto kept driving and Sir Anthony kept finding more, eventually running down the leader to hit the wire a half-length the best. Dark Vader closed with him to gain second over Remembering Rita, and Hence finished fourth.
Bred in Illinois by his owner, Sir Anthony is a second generation homebred out of the multiple stakes-placed Smart Strike mare Mourette. Otto purchased her dam, Amourette (El Gran Senor), for $30,000 at the 1997 Keeneland September Sale, and she rewarded him with a trio of stakes wins and earnings of $248,786. Sir Anthony earned his first stakes win in August of his sophomore season, kicking off a four-race win streak that culminated in the G3 Harlan's Holiday win over Audible last December. It took Sir Anthony several starts to really blossom in his 4-year-old campaign, but the Cornhusker brings his overall record to 6-3-2 from 18 starts for earnings of over $400,000.