Weekend Hideaway sires first winner

Wednesday, May 10th, 2023

Itsallcomintogetha, a member of Weekend Hideaway’s first crop, gives former New York sire his first winner Saturday at Belmont Park. NYRA Photo.

Multiple stakes winner, $1,144,922-earning New York-bred and former New York-based stallion Weekend Hideaway sired his first winner last weekend at Belmont Park.

Hilly Fields Stable homebred Itsallcomintogetha gave Weekend Hideaway his first winner in Saturday’s 11th race, a $75,000 maiden special weight for New York-breds going 1 mile on the turf.

Phil Serpe trained Weekend Hideaway and also conditions Itsallcomintogetha, out of the winning New York-bred Powerscourt mare Ladywell Court.

“That horse the other day, I trained the sire, the dam, the dam’s dam, maybe the dam’s dam’s dam,” Serpe said. “I trained the whole damn family.”

Serpe did train Ladywell Court, a winner of two of five starts and $83,940 for Mike Hill’s Hilly Fields, and her dam, the Deputy Commander mare Commander’s Lady, a winner of two of 15 starts and $112,043. Hill told the story how Itsallcomintogetha got his name during his Fasig-Tipton Stable Tour that appeared last summer in The Saratoga Special.

“Mike Hoffman, who owned Weekend Hideaway, that’s his expression, it’s all coming together, so when we needed a name I said, ‘that’s it,’ ” Hill said of the half-brother to New York-bred stakes winners Lady Joan and Goodbye Brockley.

Making his fifth start and second off a layoff under Jose Gomez, Itsallcomintogetha won by three-quarters of a length in 1:35.96 over the firm ground. He finished third after a troubled trip in his debut going 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf last August at Saratoga before a fourth and a ninth (on the dirt) in maiden races downstate to end his juvenile campaign.

Prepped for his return with Serpe’s string at Gulfstream Park this winter, Itsallcomintogetha returned with a third in a 6-furlong turf maiden April 7 at Aqueduct.

“He’s good,” Serpe said. “I don’t know if you remember but he got totally wiped out in his first race at Saratoga. He was a little bit immature, needed to grow and grow he did. He’s really nice and filled out now. I think he has a future, so we’ll see what happens. I thought his race the other day was very encouraging.”

Weekend Hideaway, a son of Speightstown campaigned by Hoffman’s Red and Black Stable, won 13 of 49 starts with seven seconds and 10 thirds from 2012 to 2018. He was a two-time stakes winner and Grade 2-placed at 2 and a stakes winner in each of his following six seasons on the track. Weekend Hideaway won nine stakes overall, including the 2014 and 2018 John Morrissey at Saratoga and back-to-back renewals of the Commentator Stakes at Belmont Park in 2016 and 2017.

Weekend Hideaway stood four seasons at Irish Hill and Dutchess Views Stallions in Stillwater. He bred 17 mares in his first season in 2019, and 10 in back-to-back seasons in 2020 and 2021, according to statistics from The Jockey Club. Serpe said Weekend Hideaway was pensioned following the 2022 season and that plans were in the works for a permanent retirement home.

Itsallcomintogetha is one of five starters for Weekend Hideaway, along with Northern Ballet, Woodside Warrior, Rock the Weekend and West Virginia Gal.

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