(Sir Winston winning the Belmont Stakes / Photo Courtesy of NYRA)

Sir Winston, winner of the 151st running of the Belmont Stakes, is a graduate of the Keeneland Sales Ring, the School of Public Auctions, and, to be honest, the School of Hard Knocks, as well.

The beautiful 3YO son of Awesome Again went through the sales run in September of 2017. Fortunately for the owner and breeder Tracy Farmer, though, the colt did not bring the reserve price of $50,000 and was returned to the owner.

The rest, as they say, is history.

Trained by Mark Casse, the colt has now won both the Peter Pan Stakes and the “Test of a Champion.” He will get a short break from the training rigors before being pointed to the ultimate Summer Classic — the Travers Stakes at Saratoga.

(The winning connections of Sir Winton on Saturday / Photo Courtesy of NYRA)