Klimt colts earn diplomas at Keeneland and Gulfstream Park

Klimt, a top-5 First-Crop sire of winners, added two more to his 2021 tally on Oct. 22, with Ready Pursuit and Grand Valley picking up wins within 30 minutes of each other at Keeneland and Gulfstream Park.

Ready Pursuit was the first winner Friday for his sire when he took a one-mile Keeneland maiden in front-running fashion, scoring by 1 ¼-lengths in what was the bay colt’s racing debut.

Ready Pursuit is owned by WSS Racing, LLC, who purchased the colt for $65,000 at the 2020 Keeneland September Yearling sale. Ready Pursuit was bred in Kentucky by Scott Hess. Out of Ready Love, Ready Pursuit is a half-brother to Commonwealth Turf S. (G3) winner Mr Dumas.

At Gulfstream, Grand Valley, who was also making his first lifetime start, turned in a sharp 3 ½-length victory at 5 ½-furlongs, coming from just off the lead to take over at the top of the stretch.

Grand Valley races for Granpollo Stable and Dr. Ricardo Vallejo. He was bred in Kentucky by Bill & Phyllis Adair and Connie Brown.

Klimt currently holds the third spot on the First-Crop sire list by winners, and is in the top-10 by stakes horses as well. One of his more recent winners, Sea Art, will make her first stakes start in Saturday’s Juvenile Fillies Sprint S. at Gulfstream.