Hopeful Princess Notches First Win For Sire Not This Time

by | 05.21.2020 | 2:37pm
Hopeful Princess breaks her maiden at Churchill Downs, making her the first winner for sire Not This Time.

Not This Time sired his first winner at stud in dramatic fashion on Thursday, when Hopeful Princess prevailed in a stretch duel and just got up to win the opener at Churchill Downs by three-quarters of a length.

The 2-year-old first-time starter pressured leader Mad Maddy throughout the 4 1/2-furlong race before taking command at the sixteenth pole and finding the wire first under jockey Corey Lanerie. Hopeful Princess stopped the clock in :51.46 seconds over a fast main track.

Every horse in the field ran without Lasix as part of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission's phaseout plan for the drug, which bans the administration of furosemide within 24 hours of post time for 2-year-old races at the state's tracks. The rule will expand to all Kentucky stakes races in 2021.

The filly is trained by John Hancock for owners Jackie Huckaby, Imaginary Stables, and Donna Hancock. She was bred in Kentucky by Elm Tree Farm, out of the placed More Than Ready mare More Than Magic.

Not This Time, a 6-year-old son of Giant's Causeway, stands at Taylor Made Stallions in Nicholasville, Ky., for an advertised fee of $12,500.

He won two of four starts during his own racing career and made $454,183, breaking his maiden at a mile, then winning the Grade 3 Iroquois Stakes at Churchill Downs by 8 3/4 lengths. His final career start came in the 2016 Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita, where he finished second by a neck to eventual champion Classic Empire.

A Kentucky homebred for Albaugh Family Stables, Not This Time is out of the Grade 3-winning Trippi mare Miss Macy Sue, whose foals also include Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile winner and young sire Liam's Map. His fifth dam is the champion sprinter Ta Wee.

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