First Winner for Indiana Stallion Noble’s Promise

Noble's Promise (Photo by Natalie Glyshaw)
Noble’s Promise (Photo by Natalie Glyshaw)

Indiana stallion Noble’s Promise was represented by his first winner on October 12 when his Indiana-bred son Reverend John won a maiden special weight contest at Indiana Grand. The Christopher Melton trained colt won by 1 ¼ lengths with jockey Rodney Prescott up for the one-mile trip in 1:40.95. Reverend John runs for Larry Rodgers and John Shelley III and was bred by Shelley and R and M Stables Inc.

Reverend John had been knocking on the door for his first win with second- and third-place finishes in six of his first seven starts, including a third at Keeneland and a second at Churchill Downs. The 2-year-old boosted his earnings to $51,600 with the win and improved his record to 8-1-2-4.

Noble’s Promise, a son of Cuvee, was one of the top 2-year-olds of 2009 with a victory in the Grade 1 Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity, a second in the Grade 1 CashCall Futurity and a third in the Grade 1 Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. He also won stakes at 3 and 4, including the Grade 3 Aristides Stakes, and retired with a record of 27-6-7-3 and earnings of nearly $1.2 million.

Noble’s Promise stood the 2016 season at Breakway Farm in Dillsboro, Indiana, for a $2,500 fee.