Of the top 30 current sires in North America, only one stands for less than $12,500: STEPHEN GOT EVEN. As one of the best values in Kentucky at a 2011 fee of just $7,500, STEPHEN GOT EVEN has shown his ability time and again to get “The Big Horse,” as evidenced by the fact that 45 percent of his stakes winners are graded winners. The sire of champion Stevie Wonderboy and G1SW I Want Revenge, STEPHEN GOT EVEN can boast the 2010 standout First Dude. The strapping three-year-old colt has now placed in five Grade 1 events. Third in the G1 Blue Grass S. at Keeneland in April, he was still an exposed sort entering the G1 Preakness S., where he set a fast pace–getting to the first quarter in :22 and change–and digging in gamely to finish second to SMART STRIKE’s Lookin At Lucky. Three weeks later, he exited the G1 Belmont S. as the only three-year-old to hit the board in more than one of the Triple Crown races. The Donald Dizney homebred shrugged off his early challengers and ran on well to be third by just 1 1/2 lengths to Drosselmeyer and MINESHAFT’s Fly Down. First Dude went on to be third in the G1 Haskell Invitational and G1 Travers S. and was beaten just a neck in the $1 million G2 Pennsylvania Derby. He concluded his season with $860,160 in earnings for the Dale Romans barn.
STEPHEN GOT EVEN is also the sire of:
- Cosmo Phantom, runner-up in the G2 Kyoto Shimbun Hai and Japan Dirt Derby and now with earnings of $953,491;
- Schoolyard Dreams, who was just nosed out by Odysseus in the $300,000 G3 Tampa Bay Derby. Back in third that day was subsequent G1 Kentucky Derby hero Super Saver. Schoolyard Dreams was also second in the G3 Sam F. Davis S.;
- I Want Revenge, runaway winner of the 2009 G1 Wood Memorial and third in the 2010 G2 Suburban H. and G3 Philip H. Iselin S.
- Todd Got Even, winner of the Eillo S. at Monmouth;
- Peppi Knows, winner of the Whirlaway S. at Aqueduct;
- Mr. Tommy, three-time G1SW-Pan;
Other 2010 black-type runners by STEPHEN GOT EVEN include Even Road, Flashy Got Even, Hannah’s Dowery, C S I Iowa, etc.