It proved to be a day for Golden Lad juveniles as Joseph Besecker’s Laddie Liam swept the $100,000 Maryland Juvenile Futurity, following Hello Beautiful’s winning performance in the Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship, on Saturday, Dec. 7 at Laurel Park.
Laddie Liam broke sharp and headed straight to the front. Setting an opening quarter-mile of :23.01, he remained unfazed by the other challengers, sprinted away down the stretch and won by four and a half lengths over Stone Courageous while stopping the clock for the seven furlongs in 1:23.51.
Coming in off a third-place finish in the Maryland Million Nursery in October in his stakes debut, Laddie Liam now has a record of 3-0-2 from five starts. Securing his third win from four starts at Laurel, the Hugh McMahon trainee increased his earnings to $128,556.
“Our whole barn is like a big family, so it’s awesome for us,” assistant trainer Alex Horn said. “He’s a little full of himself, but he’s just great to be around because he can run like that.”
Laddie Liam’s victory was the second of the day for jockey Sheldon Russell, breeder Hillwood Stables LLC and sire Golden Lad.
Purchased for $14,500 by Besecker at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Midlantic December Mixed Sale, Laddie Liam topped this year’s sale as he sold for $450,000 following his Futurity win, setting an all-time sale record high price. The colt, part of Besecker’s dispersal, was purchased by DJ Stable. Laddie Liam’s dam Buffgirl, a daughter of Quiet American, has produced two winners from five starters.
Read more about the Maryland Juvenile Futurity here