New Money Honey
Last year’s Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) winner and Keeneland September Yearling Sale graduate New Money Honey earned her second Grade 1 win when she posted a gritty neck victory in the $1,000,000 Belmont Oaks Invitational on July 8 at Belmont Park.
Mike Ryan, as agent for owner e Five Racing, bought New Money Honey for $450,000 during Book 1 of the 2015 September Sale, where she was consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency. Bred by WinStar Farm in Kentucky, New Money Honey is a 3-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro out of the Distorted Humor mare Weekend Whim.
e Five Racing is comprised of Bob and Kristine Edwards, daughters Cassidy and Delaney and son Riley. They bought their first racehorse in 2015 after a friend took Bob and his daughter to the backstretch at Saratoga.
“He introduced us to Niall Brennan, Mike Ryan, and Scott Pierce – three gentlemen who quickly became my Thoroughbred racing advisors,” recalled Edwards.
“Once back home in Florida I looked at the stats for 2-year-old runners and immediately called Mike,” he said. “I spent the next two weeks going through the Keeneland catalogs and reviewing Mike's notes as well as having multiple calls updating me on prospects he felt that would fit our new program. Our plan was to strike early and get quality fillies with nice pedigrees.”
And strike early they did, purchasing five yearlings out of Book One including New Money Honey.
“New Money Honey was a standout,” said Edwards. “Very, very classy filly with a solid dirt two-turn pedigree. She filled out fast, and there wasn't anything long enough for her on dirt. (Trainer) Chad (Brown) suggested we run her on turf first time out to get the distance and the rest is history.”
New Money Honey broke her maiden in her second start when she won the Miss Grillo (G3) at Belmont last October. A month later, she captured the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita. She also won the Wonder Again (G3) over the Belmont turf in June.
In the Belmont Oaks, jockey Javier Castellano patiently settled New Money Honey just off the pace in the 1¼-mile turf test, then started moving on the outside after three-quarters. She seized command a furlong out, fending off favorite Sistercharlie (IRE), who came flying from last in the field of 11.
She now has four wins and a second in six lifetime starts for earnings of $1,342,017.