Empire Racing Stables’ Stephen’s Answer went straight to the front and held on at the finish to win Delta Downs’ $100,000 Delta Mile Stakes by a neck on Saturday, Nov. 16.
The 6-year-old son of Stephen Got Even was making his 39th career start, his first in a stakes. Setting all the fractions, he was challenged by Late Nite Mischief heading around the far turn and was all out to hold off the onrushing Extirpator in the 1 mile test, which he finished in 1:40.51.
Stephen’s Answer didn’t race at 2 or 3, and took five tries to get his first win at 4, which came over the synthetic surface at Presque Isle Downs in September 2017. Last year his busy season saw him win or placed in 11 of 17 starts; this year he’s gone to the post 14 times, recording six of his nine lifetime wins. His current connections claimed him for $7,500 out of a turf race at Canterbury Park Aug. 30. He’s won all three starts since, all at Delta Downs on the main track. Leading up to his stakes debut were two seven-furlong allowance races won in gate-to-wire fashion: by seven and three-quarters lengths on Oct. 10, and five lengths on Oct. 25. His lifetime earnings now stand at $203,077.
Wayne Morris and Juanita Morris bred Stephen’s Answer, along with his dam Answer by Daylight, a 12-year-old daughter of Seeking Daylight out of stakes-placed Leading Question (by Polish Numbers), a full sister to stakes winner Polish Vision, and half-sister to graded winner Dr. Brendler. Answer by Daylight produced two named foals, Stephen’s Answer and his full sister Get Up She’s Gone. Both are winners.
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