Strong Contender

2003 - Height: 17.0 - Entered Stud: 2007 - Fee: $3,000 - Nominated to: Florida Sire Stakes.

His Story

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Strong Contender

Strong Contender, Florida’s only son of Champion Maria’s Mon, won the Super Derby (G2) at age three, defeating Lawyer Ron, and also captured that year’s Dwyer Stakes (G2) by 7 3/4 lengths. In proving he ranked among the top 3-year-olds of his crop, Strong Contender also finished third to Bluegrass Cat in the Haskell Invitational Stakes (G1) and was third in the Blue Grass Stakes (G1) and the Peter Pan Stakes (G2). He retired to stud having won half of his eight career starts and amassing earnings of $618,000.

In 2012, Strong Contender has been represented on the racetrack by his talented stakes-winning daughter Awesome Fire. Winner of the Wonder Where Stakes, the final leg of the Canadian Triple Tiara, at Woodbine, Awesome Fire was one of only two horses to compete in all three legs of the series. She finished third in the first leg, the Woodbine Oaks and placed fourth in the second leg, the Bison City Stakes.

Strong Contender is tied with fellow Woodford Stallion It’s No Joke atop Florida’s leading third-crop sire list with three stakes wins.

Strong Contender photo by Joe DiOrio


  • Super Derby (G2)

    Defeating Lawyer Ron

  • Dwyer Stakes (G2)

    Defeating Doc Cheney, Da Stoops and Keyed Entry


Race & Stakes Record

Age Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earned
2 1 1 0 0 $16,200
3 6 3 0 3 $598,800
4 1 0 0 0 $3,000
Totals 8 4 0 3 $618,000

All Wins

Won at 2

Won at 3

  • Super Derby (G2)

    Defeating Lawyer Ron

  • Dwyer Stakes (G2)

    Defeating Doc Cheney and Da Stoops

3rd at 3

Generational Pedigree

IRRADIATE (USA) gr. 1966
LADY BE GOOD (USA) b. 1956 *
CARLOTTA MARIA(USA)gr. 1984 CARO(IRE)gr. 1967 [IC] FORTINO (FR) gr. 1959
CHAMBORD (GB) ch. 1955
WATER MALONE(USA)gr. 1974 NASKRA (USA) b. 1967
GRAY MATTER (USA) gr. 1966
KOPENHAGEN(USA)gr/r. 1997 DYNAFORMER(USA)dkb/br. 1985 ROBERTO(USA)b. 1969 [C] HAIL TO REASON (USA) br. 1958 [C]
BRAMALEA (USA) dkb/br. 1959 *
ANDOVER WAY(USA)dkb/br. 1978 HIS MAJESTY (USA) b. 1968 [C]
ON THE TRAIL (USA) b. 1964 *
ETERNA FE(ARG)gr. 1982 GOOD BLOKE(ARG)gr. 1970 FRESH AIR (ARG) gr. 1959
GOOD HOPE (ARG) b. 1958
ETERNITY(ARG)ch. 1972 CON BRIO (GB) ch. 1961

Pedigree Analysis

Strong Contender is by Eclipse Champion 2-Year-Old and leading sire Maria's Mon, who has produced Champion Wait a While ($2,181,917), Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Monarchos ($1,720,830), Louisiana Derby (G2) winner High Limit ($922,500) and Awesome Maria ($842,375), among many others. Strong Contender is produced from the stakes-placed Dynaformer mare Kopenhagen, who has six foals to race, all winners. Strong Contender's second dam, Eterna Fe (ARG) is a Group 1 winner in her native Argentina and in addition to Kopenhagen, she also produced stakes winner New Aspirations and Eterna Mente, the unraced dam of Group 2 winner Eternal Fire (ARG) and Group 1 stakes-placed Eterna Girl (ARG).


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