Why Not Now, the standout pacer from the Dylan Davis Stable, winning nine races in 2023, set a record as the highest priced Indiana horse to ever sell at auction. The Always a Virgin three-year-old was sold for $502,000 at On-Gait online auctions. Greg Luther of Ohio purchased the stallion. The ownership has announced he will also stand at stud in 2024 in Indiana.
Reigning from an outstanding family, Why Not Now is the latest to garner attention from his dam, Star of the Show. He joins Virgo, who has earned nearly a half million with a mark of 1:48.3, as a standout performer. Virgo was also campaigned by the Davis Stable and split time between Indiana and the East Coast. Other starters for the 100 percent producing mare for breeder Dustin Miller of Kendallville, Ind. includes Star Palace (1:53.4); American Anthem (1:53.4); American Passport (1:51.0, $350,000); and Remember Then (1:56.4). The mare has a two-year-old this season named Savannah Lady by Tellitlikeitis, a yearling named Done in Seven by JK Endofanera, and a weanling filly by Perfect Sting named Crazy Friend Carol.
Why Not Now was entered in the auction provided by On-Gait following his win in the $260,000 Progress Pace at Dover Downs. He completed his time in the Davis barn with first or second place finishes in his last 10 starts dating back to late July. In addition to his Progress Pace win, he won the $250,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final, the $80,000 Hoosier Cup, and the $135,500 Jennas Beach Boy all at Hoosier Park. In all, he has earned more than $600,000 this season and more than $700,000 overall. He was a $38,000 yearling purchase by Davis and owner Howard Taylor.
According to a press release on Why Not Now, he will serve in two roles in 2024. Luther plans to continue to race the four-year-old stallion and he will also stand at Premier Acres in Middlebury. Stud fee for the versatile stallion is $5,000. He joins other stallions at Premier Acres, including Temporal Hanover, who is booked full and closed, Best in Show, Capt Midnight, Odds on Equuleus, Pilot Discretion, and You Know You Do.