Bettor’s Wish, Gai Waterhouse win KYSS Finals

September 16, 2019

Brittany Farms yearlings offer the distinct advantage of being dual eligible, and the connections of Brittany-breds Bettor’s Wish and Gai Waterhouse took full advantage of the additional money-making opportunities that dual eligibility afforded them. Both horses won $250,000 finals of the Kentucky Sire Stakes at the Red Mile during last Sunday’s “Fayette Fest Day,” with Bettor’s Wish winning the 3YO Colt Pace and Gai Waterhouse taking the 2YO Filly Pace. Dual eligibility means that a yearling is eligible to race in two separate sire stakes programs--and go for the large amount of purse money offered in each.

Thanks to changes in the Kentucky Sire Stakes, a mare can be bred to an out-of-state sire, but if she and the foal reside in Kentucky for a set amount of time, that foal becomes eligible not only to the sire stakes program in the state or province in which the sire stands, but also to the KYSS, with its three $30,000 legs and $250,000 finals. Both Bettor’s Wish, bred, raised and sold as a yearling by Brittany, and Gai Waterhouse, bred by Brittany and sold as a yearling by Hanover, met that criteria. With the $125,000 tacked onto his card from the KYSS win, Bettor’s Wish p,3,1:47.4 has now earned $1,381,600. He is the richest Standardbred of the 2019 racing season and the 39th millionaire bred by Brittany Farms. Gai Waterhouse p,2,1:50.3, renamed by her owner Lindy Farms for the iconic Thoroughbred horsewoman, has now bankrolled $155,000 thanks in large part to her KYSS score. When shopping for your fall yearling purchases, we ask that you keep in mind that all of Brittany’s Lexington Selected yearlings--100%--sell with dual eligibility.

And for buyers, that’s a bonus that means business.