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Two-Year-Old Feature: Empire Maker's Suns Out Guns Out

June 14, 2011 · By Erin Birkenhauer · Share


Two turn, classic type. Has the pedigree. Athletic. Stout. Well proportioned. Quick. Versatile. All words to describe this week’s 2 Year Old Spotlight, Suns Out Guns Out, our Empire Maker colt currently in the barn on Preakness winning trainer Dale Romans. Dale knows how to develop a classic contender and thinks this colt is the next one is the making. Click here to listen Dale discuss the colt.

Suns Out Guns Out’s sire, Empire Maker gamely won the Belmont Stakes (G1) in 2003, denying Funny Cide immortality as a Triple Crown winner.  Empire Maker is the sire of Grade 1 winner and classic contender Pioneer of the Nile and sire of this year’s $1.35 million sale topper at the Fasig-Tipton Florida sale of selected 2-year-olds in training.


Suns Out Guns Out was also purchased at the Fasig Tipton sale at Palm Meadows in March. He was one of those we had to have. Take a look at the video playlist below and you’ll see why.

He is currently on a weekly breeze schedule at Churchill Downs in preparation for a summer debut. This certainly looks like the type of horse that could make some noise at Saratoga.

Suns Out Guns Out Biography

Sire: Belmont Stakes winner Empire Maker. He also won the Florida Derby (G1), Wood Memorial (G1), and finished 2nd in the Kentucky Derby (G1). Sire of Grade 1 winners Pioneer of the Nile, Mushka, Acoma, Country Star, Icon Project. Click here to view his stallion page.

Dam: Angel Arch, who is a full sister to graded stakes winner Tenpins. A daughter of Smart Strike, who is one of the top broodmare sires around.

Breeding: This colt is bred on the same cross as stakes winner Mushka (G1), Battle Plan (G2), Country Flavor (G3), and Heart Butte.

Pedigree: Click here to view.

Trainer: Preakness winner and top conditioner Dale Romans. Click here to learn more.

Suns Out Guns Out on Video


Empire Maker winning the 2003 Belmont Stakes over Funny Cide 


Show Me The Numbers: Suns Out Guns Out's Recent Works

Track                   Date     Distance     Time     Notation     Rank

Churchill Downs      6/10        4F          49:80     Breezing     29/60
Churchill Downs      6/03        4F          49:40     Breezing     20/45
Churchill Downs      5/25        3F          37:40     Breezing      9/20

What They’re Saying About Suns Out Guns Out

Dale Romans on Suns Out Guns Out, “This colt has the profile of a Triple Crown type horse. He has the pedigree, size, and stride. He’s not the type that is going to go o
ut there in the mornings and put up bullet works. I’ve had five horses in Triple Crown races, and none of them were winning the morning heats at this stage of their development. They developed and improved as the year went on, and then did very well for me. If anybody wants to get in on a horse with the potential to be in classic type races, this is the one.”

Click here to listen Dale discuss the colt.

Terry Finley on Suns Out Guns Out, “I loved this horse at the two-year-old sale. He jumped through all the hoops and continues progressing each and every week. I was down at Churchill Kentucky Derby week, and he was the star of the show. This horse has that “look” about him, one that only makes you mind wander about what he could be doing this time next year. We’ve started putting more emphasis on two turn horses in our program, and this one certainly fits that mold. The more ground the better.”

Intrigued? Give Jeff Lifson a call at (502)-245-4293. He’d love to talk horses with you.