Thoroughbred Today October 2016

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New Kids on the Block Haveyougoneaway and trainer Tom Morley have come a long way from where they started, and are about to make their first start on the biggest stage in the sport – the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. By: Claudia L. Ruiz


little over one year ago, a chestnut mare by the name of Haveyougoneaway stood in the starting gate at Remington Park eagerly awaiting the start of the Flashy Lady Stakes. She broke with eight other fillies and mares, taking her time at the start and beginning to move as the field entered the far turn. Four wide and in hot pursuit of pacesetter Adrianne G, Haveyougoneaway put a nose in front as they entered the stretch. She continued to open and hit the wire 4 ¼ lengths in front. Nineteen months and eighteen starts after her career debut, she had finally won her first stakes. Meanwhile, all the way in New York, trainer Tom Morley was at Belmont Park going about his usual Sunday routine. He had yet to win a stakes race and was still searching for that one horse that would take his career to the next level. Little did he know that five months later that very horse would be shipping into his barn. 5

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After winning the Flashy Lady Stakes in September 2015, Haveyougoneaway rounded out her four-year-old campaign with a fifth place finish in the Zia Park Distaff. She then shipped to Oaklawn Park and started off her five-year-old season with a win in the American Beauty Stakes – beating Sarah Sis by a neck on January 23 – and one month later went on to win the Spring Fever Stakes. A New-York-bred, born on February 8, 2011, Haveyougoneaway is by Congrats and out of the Wiseman’s Ferry mare One Wise Cowgirl. She first went to auction in the FasigTipton Kentucky Mixed Sale in November of 2011 and sold for $50,000; then to Saratoga’s Fasig-Tipton New York Bred Yearling Sale in August 2012, selling for $105,000. Eleven months later, the flashy chestnut failed to meet her $100,000 reserve at the Ocala Breeders’ Sale for Two-Year-Olds and Horses of Racing Age. Not long after, due to the passing of one of the partners in the group that owned her

in 2013, she was sent to auction one last time in November of that same year. She was hip #3512 in the Breeding Stock Sale at Keeneland and sold to Champion Racing Stable Inc. for the rock bottom price of $1,200. On February 17, 2014 – just three months later – Haveyougoneaway finally made it into the starting gate for her career debut as a three-year-old. She finished second by 2 ¾ lengths. One month later, she returned – again in a Maiden Special Weight, but carrying one pound less and stretching out to a mile – and won by 5 ½ lengths. Of the twenty-two starts she had for trainer Allen Milligan, jockey Jareth Loveberry was onboard for eighteen, including seven of eight wins, from February 2014 to April 2016. Trainer Tom Morley was unaware, but life as he knew it was about to change. While in Florida viewing horses at the Ocala Breeders’ Sale, Morley got a call. “She had just been purchased and we were trying to get her from Oak-