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John Terranova II
Terranova learned about horses from his father who owned horse for many years. While attending Boston College, Terranvoa decided to take a leave of absence to become an assistant trainer and never returned to school. He took out his training license in 1993 and began training for Team Valor in 1998 for whom he won the Aqueduct Handicap for with Star of Valor. He has also trained top stakes horses, Laragh, Negilgee, Gander, Fanny Freud and Shadow Caster.
Curragh Stables (Michael H. Devlin)
Manuka Honey is by dual Grade 1-scoring sire Borrego and out of the first stakes winner out of the End Sweep mare Al Max Diner.
Manuka Honey took six tries to break her maiden, unlike her sire who got the job done second time out. Borrego would go on to add wins in a pair of Grade 1s, the Jockey Club Gold Cup and Pacific Classic, to his resume.
Along the way, the Kentucky-bred chestnut would place in such Grade 1 events as the Santa Anita Handicap and Hollywood Gold Cup, as well as a quartet of Grade 2s, including the Arkansas Derby, Louisiana Derby and Super Derby.
Though he competed in the 2004 Kentucky Derby and Preakness, Borrego never factored in those races, and has a few stakes-placed offspring in addition to Manuka Honey from three crops to race.
Al Max Diner competed just once against Grade 1 company during her time on track, finishing sixth in the 2001 Spinaway , but would go on to win a black-type contest and place in a number of stakes.
Manuka Honey’s third dam, stakes winner Allegedum, is the granddam of Canadian champion and Grade 1 winner Numerous Times as well as the great-granddam of Peruvian champion and Group 1 winner Tomcito, who placed in the Grade 1 Florida Derby in 2008.
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