D. Hatman Thoroughbreds’ Sonny Inspired found his stride as he chased down John Jones to win the $75,000 Find Stakes for Maryland-bred and/or Maryland-sired runners at Laurel Park on Saturday, Sept. 29. Sonny Inspired gained the lead inside the final sixteenth and won by a neck, getting the one mile on the main track in 1:35.65. The race had originally been scheduled for a mile and a sixteenth on the turf.
Trained by Phil Schoenthal, it was the 7-year-old gelding’s 11th win, and fourth stakes win, out of 54 career starts. He increased his earnings to $610,424.
Sonny Inspired was purchased by D. Harman Thoroughbreds for $20,000 at the 2012 Fasig-Tipton Midatlantic Eastern Fall Yearling Sale. He made his first start at Timonium in September 2013, placing fifth, and broke his maiden at Laurel two starts later. In February of 2014 he made his stakes debut in the Christopher Elser Memorial at Parx Racing, placing second. Since then, he’s won the Fire Plug in 2016 and the Ben’s Cat at Laurel Park twice, in 2016 and 2018, and placed in five other stakes, including a third in the Grade 3 General George Stakes in 2016.
Sonny Inspired represents three generations bred by Charles and Cynthia McGinnes’ Thornmar Farm and was one of two stakes winners over the weekend bred by the couple, as 2-year-old Come Sundown (Great Notion—Desiderata) captured Delaware Park’s First State Dash Stakes later in the afternoon.
A son of Breeders’ Cup Mile-G1 winner Artie Schiller, Sonny Inspired is the first of five foals out of the Silver Deputy mare Argentesque. The mare’s current 2-year-old, a Flatter colt solt at last year’s Keeneland September sale for $340,000 now named Final Call, has yet to start. Her current yearling, a May colt by Bayern, sold for $60,000 at the Keeneland September sale. With no reported foal in 2018, the mare was bred to Violence this year.