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Between Saturday, March 28, and Saturday, April 4, Stephen Got Even was represented by the most sensational winner of the week -- Grade 1 Wood Memorial winner I Want Revenge! The colt by Stephen Got Even out of Argentine-bred Meguial, by Roy, missed the break badly -- Equibase said: "I Want Revenge broke in the air spotting the field several lengths at the start..." -- but was nevertheless ridden with uncanny confidence and verve by jockey Joe Talamo, who let the colt pick up horses on his own, saved ground turning for home, found himself behind a wall in the straight, bumped a rival, switched paths, and finally found a seam to exploit. The colt was ridden hands and heels to the wire to win comfortably by a length and a half. To date, this was the most impressive performance by a 3-year-old classic contender -- Quality Road included -- and the race erased any doubts about the colt's ability to handle the type of adversity frequently encountered in a full Kentucky Derby field.

Stephen Got Even, a son of emerging "sire of sires" A.P. Indy, stands for only $7,500 and now has to be considered one of the best-value stallions on the planet. I Want Revenge, after all, isn't his first "big horse." Before him, there was 2005 Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Stevie Wonderboy, the champion 2-year-old colt of the year. Stevie Wonderboy also won the Grade 2 Del Mar Futurity and earned more than a million. There's also been 2005 Grade 2 Indiana Derby winner Don't Get Mad, who earned almost $800,000. All told, Stephen Got Even is the sire of 17 stakes winners, and I Want Revenge, with earnings of $816,000 to this point in his young career, threatens to be his best as the favorite for the 2009 Kentucky Derby.

Stephen Got Even himself was a talented 3-year-old colt and a Grade 1 winner at 4. At 3, the horse won the Grade 2 Stakes (Turfway's then-named $750,000 Derby prep) and was third in the Grade 1 Woodward against older horses. At 4, Stephen Got Even won the Grade 1 Donn defeating Golden Missile and Behrens and retired with more than a million in earnings.

One of three stakes winners for his Grade 1-placed dam, all by A.P. Indy, Stephen Got Even is exhibiting the same penchant for Mr. Prospector-line mares (I Want Revenge's dam is by Roy, by Fappiano, by Mr. Prospector) as his sire.

It's also no secret that sons of A.P. Indy have enjoyed considerable success with Southern Hemisphere-bred mares like I Want Revenge's dam -- see Indygo Shiner in Argentina, several sons of A.P. Indy in Chile, and the late Camden Park in South Africa -- and it's notable that A.P. Indy's own 2009 classic contender Friesan Fire is out of an Australian-bred mare.

--Sid Fernando

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EMMA BERRY (UK) is the bloodstock editor of Thoroughbred Owner & Breeder magazine and European correspondent for Inside Racing in Australia. She has previously worked as deputy editor of Pacemaker and deputy editor/racing editor of Horse & Hound. She does matings in Europe only. More info...


SID FERNANDO, a 1982 graduate of Vassar college, is a prominent racing and breeding writer and is president of eMatings LLC and Werk Thoroughbred Consultants, Inc. ( He has been a private pedigree consultant to a select group of international breeders and owners for the last decade... More info...


ROBERT D. FIERRO is managing director of DataTrack International, a firm that helps clients breed, and select, thoroughbred racing and bloodstock prospects utilizing pedigree analysis and several long-established biomechanical programs. With his partner, Jay Kilgore, he devised BreezeFigs™... More info...


FRANCES J. KARON is the acclaimed editor and a writer for the quarterly publications North American Trainer and Trainer magazines and one of the familiar faces at the Four Star Sales agency. Among the horses whose matings Frances has recommended are Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Sprint winner Cajun Beat and Grade 2 winners Fire Slam and Irguns Angel More info...


KRISTEN MANNING is a freelance pedigree analyst and racing journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Working for various publications such as Bluebloods, Owner Breeder and Racetrack Magazine, she has been studying pedigrees for two decades... More info...


Of Dutch extraction, KAREL MIEDEMA was born in 1946 and emigrated from UK to South Africa in 1976. A life-long obsession with racing developed into a deep interest in breeding and pedigrees during the 1980s. His pedigree insight focuses on genetic sibling inbreeding... More info...


DIEGO MITAGSTEIN is based in Argentina and is one of the most prominent turf journalists in South America. More info...


FRANK MITCHELL is the author of the book Great Breeders and their Methods: The Hancocks and is the editor and principal writer of Racehorse Breeding Theories. Formerly deputy bloodstock editor of Daily Racing Form, he writes a weekly column for Daily Racing Form called "Sires and Dams" that concentrates on bloodstock and sales... More info...


VICTOR SHEAHAN is a cost accountant and pedigree analyst. His work as a pedigree analyst is strongly influenced by his costing background. In assessing stallions he focuses on value for money and return on investment. Due to the statistical nature of his analysis he rarely recommends stallions yet to have runners. More info...


CLIVE WEBB-CARTER has been involved in the thoroughbred bloodstock industry for about twenty years. Clive has gained international experience on a number of leading stud farms, including Fayette Park in New Zealand; Side Hill Stud, Newmarket . . . More info...