Dropped Anchor added his name to ANCHOR DOWN’s winner list in a big way on Wednesday when he broke his maiden by 7 ¾ lengths at Gulfstream Park to become Anchor Down’s 10th winner – taking him to 52.63% winners to runners.
Coming back 2 ½ weeks after his 2021 debut, Dropped Anchor handled the one mile dirt race with ease. Taking a spot on the rail almost immediately, he raced head-and-head with another horse at the front of the pack. Paco Lopez sat chilly on the colt as they started to take over an easy advantage around the turn.
Giving a few pump of his arms in the stretch to ask his mount to speed up just a tad, Dropped Anchor quickly complied and built up his sizable lead with every stride to become ANCHOR DOWN’s tenth winner.
Trained by Antonio Sano, Dropped Anchor is raced by Cloud Nine Lumoni and breeder Brandywine Farm.
Having two top three finishes in four starts, Dropped Anchor is one of eight winners from eight runners out of Believe In Wonder. That mare is a half-sister to two-time Grade 1 winner Wonder Again, Japanese champion Grass Wonder, and Group 3-placed Al Tharib. Believe In Wonder is one of several successful broodmares out of Ameriflora with Wonder Again producing Japanese stakes winner Red Raven and the dam of stakes winner Colonel Liam and another half-sister producing Grade 3 winners Hopeful Growth and Ten City.
Under Dropped Anchor’s third dam is Grade 1 winner Tribulation and graded stakes winners Bold Hawk, Decipher, Graceful Darby, and Stalcreek.
The sire of three stakes performers from his 19 runners, Tapit son ANCHOR DOWN has 52.63% winners from runners – one of the highest percentages among all second crop sires.