Winning Bet was bred by the Phipps Stable and is out of Grade 1 winner Fantastic Find, making her a half-sister to multiple Grade 1 winner Finder’s Fee and to Grade 1-winning steeplechase horse Tax Ruling. Winning Bet’s second dam is the incredible broodmare Blitey, while her third dam is Champion Lady Pitt.
In addition to Tax Ruling and Finder’s Fee (whose stakes-placed daughter Receipt produced Grade 3 winner Feathered), Winning Bet is a half-sister to Indy Pick, the dam of Grade 3 winner Optimizer and Graded stakes-placed Lady Zuzu (who sold for $2.35 million in November ’16 as a broodmare), as well as to Freedom of Speech, the dam of Grade 2 winner T.D. Vance, and Dream Time, the dam of 2016 stakes winner Shadow Rock.
Winning Bet’s dam, Fantastic Find, is a half-sister to Grade 1 winners Dancing Spree and Furlough (dam of Grade 3 winner Happy Hunting), to Grade 2 winner Dancing All Night (herself the granddam of Grade 1 winner Bigger Picture), and to Oh What a Dance, the dam of Eclipse Champion Heavenly Prize (a 2018 Hall of Fame inductee, and herself the dam of Grade 1 winner Good Reward, Grade 2 winner Pure Prize, and the granddam of Grade 1 winner Persistently and Grade 3 winner Instilled Regard), Grade 1 winner Oh What a Windfall, and Grade 1-placed Dancinginmydreams (herself the dam of Grade 1 winner Dancing Forever and granddam of 2016 Grade 3 winner Carrumba).
Winning Bet is by Dixie Union, the sire of Belmont Stakes-G1 winner Union Rags among his 48 career stakes winners, and a rising star in the broodmare sire ranks, responsible for the dams of Grade 1-winning juveniles Caledonia Road, New Year’s Day, Mor Spirit and Klimt, plus Graded stakes winners Mohaymen, Salty and Unified.
Winning Bet herself is the dam of:
- 2010 Winning Vowcher (colt by Broken Vow) – a $100,000 yearling, he was unplaced in a single start.
- 2011 Tightly Bridled (gelding by Unbridled’s Song) – a $250,000 yearling and then a $330,000 2-year-old in-training purchase, he won twice and earned $70,624 racing through 6-years-old.
- 2012 Exotic Bet (filly by Smart Strike) – a $75,000 yearling, she placed as a 3-year-old in Argentina.
- 2013 not bred
- 2014 Ceejay’s Mister (colt by Sidney’s Candy) – he won 3 races at 3-years-old, earning $51,999.
- 2015 Arkenston (colt by Take Charge Indy) – he was placed at 2-years-old in Russia.
- 2016 Quality Special (colt by Quality Road) – a $72,000 yearling, he then RNA’ed for $120,000 at 2. He has yet to run but is on the worktab at Gulfstream Park West.
- 2017 Mega Millions (colt by Bodemeister) – Maryland-bred was purchased by David Neilson at the FT Timonium Yearling Sale and will be trained by Anthony Pecoraro when his racing career begins.
- 2018 Prize Portrait (filly by Munnings) – Maryland-bred filly will likely be offered as a weanling at the FT Timonium Mixed Sale.