ANCHOR DOWN’s Del Mar Winner Leads Cross-Country Weekend Double for Sire

It was another successful weekend for TAPIT son ANCHOR DOWN when the second-crop sire saw runners from each of his crops register victories in a little over 24 hours.

Sea To Success has proven to be a useful runner for his sire with three victories in his five career starts. His latest win came at Del Mar on Friday afternoon with an all-the-way win.

Taking the lead out of the gate with Victor Espinoza aboard, Sea To Success had the field’s number throughout the 6 ½ furlong race. He was put under pressure from the second place runner in the stretch but that gave him the added incentive needed to keep the lead and he pulled away to win by 2 ¾ lengths for Jerry Carrom and trainer John Sadler.

Bred by Gainesway, Sea To Success has now won at both the prestigious Oaklawn and Del Mar meets.

On Saturday, ANCHOR DOWN’S juvenile crop was able to shine when fellow Jerry Carrom-owned Bitcoin Banker broke his maiden.

Trained by Chasey Deville Pomier, the 2-year-old was second on debut at Lone Star Park a month ago and came out ready to run in his second start at Evangeline Downs. He was shuffled through the field early on in the 4 ½ furlong race to race in midpack but when he hit the turn, he started picking off horses.

Racing as the favorite, Bitcoin Banker went wide as they sprinted into the stretch and ran down the leader late in the run. In the end, Bitcoin Banker won by ¾ lengths with the third place horse over five lengths behind him.

Also bred by Gainesway, Bitcoin Banker is out of a half-sister to 12-time winner and stakes placed Terrys Tom Cat and to the stakes-placed dam of multiple graded stakes winner Isotherm. The family also includes Grade 1 winner Johnny’s Image.

In what proved to be a banner weekend, ANCHOR DOWN also saw 3-year-old son Exalted Charm and 2-year-old son Deep Faith both finish third in Monmouth Park Maiden Special Weights on Sunday.

The sire of five stakes performers, ANCHOR DOWN is striking at a rate of 47.4% winners to runners and 13.16% stakes performers – both among the highest of all second crop sires.