Anchor and Hope Farm’s freshman sire Imagining was represented by his first stakes winner when his son Monday Morning Qb captured the $100,000 Heft in his stakes debut at Laurel Park on Saturday, Dec. 28.
Making his third career start in his first trip away from his home track Parx, Monday Morning Qb came to Laurel after debuting with a second-place finish in October and breaking his maiden a month later by two and a quarter lengths in a maiden special weight for owners Cash is King LLC and LC Racing LLC. Competing amongst a competitive field of seven in open company, Monday Morning Qb gained command down the stretch and was three quarters of a length ahead of New Commission at the finish, with graded stakes-placed Lebda in third. The Butch Reid trainee finished the seven furlongs in 1:23.46.
Bred by Bowman and Higgins Stable and Cary Frommer, Monday Morning Qb now stands as Imagining’s chief earner with $105,000 from a record of 2-1-0. The colt is the first foal for his dam How My Heart Works, a winning daughter of Not For Love.
Imagining, a son of Giant’s Causeway out of the A.P. Indy mare Daydreaming, raced from ages 3 to 7 as he captured the 2014 Man o’ War Stakes-G1 in gate-to-wire fashion and had Grade 1 placings in the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap, Sword Dancer Invitational Stakes, Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Stakes and Hollywood Derby. The chestnut’s other victories included the Pan American Stakes-G2 and Red Smith Handicap-G3.
Showing a true affinity for the turf, Imagining ended his 26-start career with a record of 9-5-2 and earnings of $1,177,394. Imagining entered stud at Heritage Stallions for the 2016 season and moved to Anchor and Hope in Port Deposit for the 2018 season.
The 12-year-old stallion has 54 foals in his first crop, with five winners from 17 starters. With progeny earnings of $416,937, he ranks fifth on the 2019 leading active Mid-Atlantic 2-year-old sires list. Imagining currently has 43 recently-turned 2-year-olds from his second crop.
Imagining will stand for $7,500 live foal, payable when the foal stands and nurses, this season at Anchor and Hope.