Gone To The Mountain Gets First Stakes Winner

Champion sires his first stakes winner.

Q-Racing Journal

Gone To The Mountain is a two-time racing champion.

Champion Gone To The Mountain got his first stakes winner on Saturday when Penny Snatchin won the $45,000 Tommy “Duke” Smith Stakes (RG2) at SunRay Park.

Penny Snatchin races for breeder Jill Giles of Vado, New Mexico, and her half-length victory in the stakes improved her record to 2-3-1 in 10 career starts, with earnings of $72,678. She is out of the Dean Miracle mare Himaintenancegal.

Gone To The Mountain is a homebred owned and raced by Clyde Woerner of Georgetown, Texas. The dark bay stallion won or placed in 20 of 25 career starts and earned $458,831. The seven-time stakes winner’s victories include the 2009 Red Cell Distance Challenge Championship (G1) and 2007 Hobbs America Futurity (G2). He set the 870-yard world record of :43.029 at Sunland Park in 2009, the same year he was named champion distance horse. He would return in 2010 to be named champion aged stallion.

Sired by Panther Mountain out of the Fast Lindy mare Lindys Bouquet, Gone To The Mountain has sired a limited group of 18 starters. From those, seven have come back winners and his runners’ earnings total $164,588. He is also the sire of Cy Me N The Mountain ($20,654) and Mauis Mountain Gone ($14,937). He stands at No. 17 on the list of third-year sires by money earned.

Gone To The Mountain stands at Armstrong Equine Services at La Mesa, New Mexico.

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