All juveniles in this sale will be highly sought after but I'd like to take a look at some of the more notable in this year's 2yo sale (note, was written during the break)
Awake to Light – (The Awakening x Simperior Edge – Dr. Richardson)
This filly comes from a fine female family. She is a half to Y33 Desert Marathon and Steward’s Cup Marathon Champion Rising Stars and multiple-graded stakes winner Stay There. Awake to Light’s dam, Simperior Edge, is a half to the influential stallion Derby Report and fine mares Feature Race and Steward’s Cup. She is by The Awakening, sire of a little fellow you may have heard of, back-to-back Steward’s Cup Classic Champion Harry Potter. The Awakening is also from the dominant SIM sire line of Awake As I Am-Loki Dynasty-Conduit-Symbol.
Objection Sign – (Thunderous x Steward’s Inquiry – Loki Dynasty)
This little colt is from the same female family as fellow 2yo Salees Awake to Light and Trophy Horse. He is out of graded stakes winning Loki Dynasty mare Steward’s Inquiry, making him a half to young stallion Happy Racing. Objection Sign’s second dam is the previously mentioned Feature Race, who is a half to Simperior Edge. Objection Sign is by the trendy, great nicking stallion and half brother of the great Spartan, Thunderous. None of his first crop of 2 year olds were able to win a stakes, but I think there is enough hope out there that he’ll have some monster runners that the price of this colt will be high.
Trophy Horse (Drogheda x Steward’s Cup – Chinese Bandit)
Completing the trio of juveniles from the Yearly Report family is this tiny filly. Being out of Steward’s Cup makes her a half to some fantastic horses: graded stakes winners Eclipse Award, Simmy Award, Breeder’s Cup, and Championship Day, plus this year’s Steward’s Cup Juvenile winner Godzuki and Ladies Route Champion Maryland Million. Trophy Horse is by the lightly used stallion Drogheda. The graded stakes winner by Looking For Light only has 22 foals in his first 4 crops with 33% winners from his first two crops. Trophy Horse will could be his first stakes winners and judging on her half siblings, she could end up being his top earner.
Blossoms (Celebrating x Trickster – End of the Line)
This little filly is by Canadian Breeders’ Stakes winning End of the Line mare Trickster. 4 of Trickster’s 6 foals to hit the track are stakes winners with another winning over $100k and being stakes placed multiple times. Blossoms is a half to one of the top turf routers of this generation, Monster; and a couple of other multiple graded stakes winners in Tazer and Prankster. Blossoms was sired by South American Horse of the Year Celebrating. Celebrating has had two smallish crops to hit the track (45 runners total) with just 16 winners and 1 stakes winner (Wish You Well) to date. He was better over longer distances himself, and I would expect that his offspring will be the same, meaning his stats will likely increase as his crops age. Being a half to Monster will probably drive up the price for Blossoms.
By Committee (Committee of Five x Faith Restored – Frayed)
This tiny little filly comes from a nice female line. She is out of graded stakes winning Frayed mare Faith Restored, making her a half to millionaire future stallion Limitless Time. By Committee’s second dam is Faith In Me, who was the Y22 South Pacific Champion 3yo Filly and Y23 NA Champion Turf Female, plus she is the dam to stallion Accomplishment and stakes winning filly Faith of Dreams. By Committee is by Committee of Five, Y30 NA Champion Turf Male and Y31 NA Champion Older Male. Committee of Five hasn’t been a heavily used stallion to this point, with just 52 runners in his first two crops. He does have 44% winners with 1 stakes winner. By Committee should become his top earning female offspring.
Catching Air (Kareem Abdul x Aero – Trafalgar)
The bay filly is the second foal out of graded stakes winning Trafalgar mare Aero. Her half brother, Slate, is already a graded stakes winner. Her dam, Aero, is out of millionaire Loki Dynasty mare Comestoanend and she is a half to the fantastic sire, Smoulders. Catching Air is by two-time European Horse of the Year Kareem Abdul. Kareem has 53% winners so far with 8 stakes winners and we found out that he can in fact sire a big horse as The Doldrums took the G1, $400k London Oaks, and picked up a check in the SC Filly and Mare Turf. Seven of his top 10 earners are female, which bodes well for Catching Air.
Chavez Ravine (Gibraltar x Ink Black Sky – Black Condor)
This small black colt is the next to last foal out of the well known Black Condor mare Ink Black Sky. 9 of Ink Black Sky’s 11 runners so far have won stakes and 3yo Threatening Sky is already stakes placed. Ink Black Sky is the dam of 3 millionaires, including SIMMY winners Elysian Park and Stealth in Black, plus sold stallion Dark Stare. Ink Black Sky is also a half to graded stakes winning and graded stakes producing mare Collision Course. Chavez Ravine is part of the first foal crop from hot young sire Gibraltar. Gibraltar was solid on the track, winning multiple G1 races in Asia, but it appears his greatest strength will be as a sire as he has been nicking well with most mares and has even generated a number of coveted A- grades. I’m sure there will be a number of bidders willing to shell out the big bucks for a colt out of the Trafalgar and Ink Black Sky cross.
Emory (Noah x Catz – Gonzalo)
The big black colt is just the third foal (and first to hit a TBSS) out of the graded stakes winning Gonzalo mare Catz. He is a half to L’ Attrayante, who has 6 graded stakes wins and has yet to finish below 2nd. Emory is sired by former European Horse of the Year and top earning son of Streamer, Noah. Noah has been an extremely popular sire with 475 foals in his first 4 crops, but he has been very hit and miss so far. He has 55 winners in his first 2 crops, but that is out of 218 runners (25%). He does have 2 stakes winners and should have at least 4 with over $100k after this year. He has still been a nice sire when paired with nice mares, so I don’t think buyers will let his poor numbers due to the mass of average mares discourage them.
In Translation (Elysian Park x City Lost At Sea – Fact Not Fiction)
In Translation is the third foal out of multiple graded stakes winning Fact Not Fiction mare City Lost At Sea. City Lost At Sea is looking like a very good broodmare, with both of her foals to hit the track winning a stakes race at 2. Wish You Well, her first foal, is a multiple graded stakes winner well on his way to $500k in earnings and her second foal, Gojira, is very promising with blistering works and a 2-0-0 record to start his career. In Translation’s second dam, City of Lost Ways, is a multiple G1 winner and dam of three graded stakes winners. In Translation is sired by former South Pacific Champion Older Male and European Horse of the Year, and trendy young stallion, Elysian Park. Elysian Park has not had any foals to hit the track yet. In Translation is a member of his first crop, and I expect he will draw plenty of attention in this sale.
Machtig Cadeau (Moya x Opa’s Cadeau – Feature Attraction)
The small bay colt is out of Opa’s Cadeau, who has turned into a top broodmare. The Feature Attraction mare is the dam of three-time SIMMY winning mare Faire Cadeau, plus millionaires and extremely popular young stallions Holiday Gift and Quentin. Machtig Cadeau is by Y26 Desert Turf Classic champion Moya. The old stallion has 87 winners (54%) with 14 stakes winners (9%) and over $68,000 in average earnings. He is also the sire of standing stallions Temper the Flame and Farscape. This little colt will probably be a competitor for the top price in the sale with this championship pedigree.
Massive (Mammoth x Unusual Smile – Unusual Heat)
This massive dark bay colt is out of stakes winning Unusual Heat mare Unusual Smile and a half to Y33 European Champion 2yo Male and G1 winner, Teeth Bared. Massive’s second dam, Wait a While, was the dam to 7 stakes winners, 4 of them stakes producers themselves. Massive is sired by Mammoth, one of the sons of Colorado. Mammoth is a bit of a hit-and-miss type of sire. He has sired just 35% winners but 6 of his 49 winners have been stakes horses, including multi-millionaire and Y34 Desert Turf Classic winner, Richard Parker. When sent a top mare, Mammoth has the class to throw a champion and Unusual Smile is definitely a good mare with a pedigree of stakes producing females.
Power of the Heart (Oversized Heart x Sieve – Black Condor)
The chestnut filly is the fourth foal out of G1 winning mare Sieve. Sieve is a half to this year’s Filly and Mare Turf champion, Magdalena, and the Black Condor mare is proving to be a top young broodmare with two of her first three foals being stakes winners. Her first foal, Civilized, is the Y33 South Pacific Champion 3yo Filly and a future millionaire. Her third foal, Shahir’ra, had an unbelievable 58.48 work as a yearling and picked up an impressive G3 victory as a juvenile. Power of the Heart is part of the final crop of former European Horse of the Year, Oversized Heart. The champion stallion has sired 59% winners to date with 6% stakes winners and over $50,000 in average earnings. Two of his three top earners are female and Power of the Heart could be his final champion filly.
Rock of Ages (Quite the Feat x Rockappella – Frayed)
This tiny black colt is out of Y24 Steward’s Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf winner and Frayed mare Rockappella. Rockappella is the dam of 5 stakes winners, most notably millionaire, SIMMY-winning stallions Rock Me Amadeus and Rock Band, plus millionaire SC Filly and Mare Turf winning mare Rock Opera. Rock of Ages second dam is millionaire, SIMMY winning Storm Cat mare Acappella, who is the dam of 7 stakes winners. Rock of Ages is part of the first crop of foals by Quite the Feat, the outstanding son of super-sire Feat. Quite the Feat is probably best known for his 2nd place finishes instead of any of his 6 career wins. He was 2nd in the Y32 SC Turf, Y33 Desert Turf Classic, and the epic Y33 Arc de Triomphe. He is the sire of a number of Wow/Stakes gallopers and good workers, and it appears he (along with If You Think) will carry on the Crystal Night/Fumetsu/Feat line.
Sigur Ros (Feat x In This Moment – Sadler’s Wells)
This little chestnut filly is the final foal out of unraced Sadler’s Wells mare In This Moment. In This Moment is the dam of 8 stakes winners including millionaire stallions Go Do and Pride of Atlantis. Two of In This Moment’s three mares with runners in training are also stakes producers, City of Lost Ways and Eliza’s Lullaby. Sigur Ros’ second dam is Priceless Forever mare Dream for Tomorrow. Dream for Tomorrow is the dam of 6 stakes winners, most notably 4-time SIMMY winning stallion Stars of Tomorrow. Sigur Ros’ sire needs no introduction. She is by superhorse, Feat. Feat is the sire of 494 winners (73%) and counting with an amazing 113 stakes winners (17%) and $102,000 in average earnings. With a champion pedigree on both sides, Sigur Ros is sure to be a hot prospect in this sale.
Soles (Imposing x Socks – Vernacular)
This big dark bay colt is out of champion Vernacular mare Socks. Soles is a half to some fantastic animals, most notably stallions Shoes, Stockings, and Hats; and mares Faith and Slippers. Socks was very good on the track as well, picking up graded stakes wins at 2, 3, and 4, and winning the Y24 SIMMY for European Champion Older Female. Soles’ second dam is arguably the best turf route mare in the history of the SIM, Kismet. Every one of Kismet’s progeny were stakes winners. She is the dam of 11 millionaires and some of the best stallions of recent memory: Feature Attraction, Feat, Frayed, and Atlantis. Soles is by the surprisingly underutilized stallion Imposing. The older stallion is the great Everest’s top earner and a 3-time SIMMY winner. He has 111 foals in his 6 crops with 44 winners (62%) and $23,000 in average earnings, but just 2 stakes winners (3%). Despite his less than impressive record as a stallion, Imposing has a great pedigree and with his fantastic female family, Soles looks like he could be the one big son for Imposing to carry on his bloodlines.
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the most knowledgeable about AW and Milers, but here are a few that stood out to my untrained eye.
Shimmering Idol (Jaw Dropper x Symboli Future – Symboli Kris S)
The chestnut filly is the final foal out of the fantastic, unraced Symboli Kris S mare Symboli Future. Seven of Symboli Future’s ten foals to run so far have won stakes races and 9 of 10 have earned over $100k with 3yo In a Media Circus well on his way with $46,300 earned as a juvenile. Shimmering Idol is by the solid stallion Jaw Dropper. Jaw Dropper has 54% winners, 6% stakes winners, and over $28,000 in average earnings. 6 of his top 10 earners are female and I would expect Shimmering Idol to easily crack that top 10.
Soldier Goddess (Desert Longshot x Soldiergirlsbeauty – Gothic Dream)
Soldier Goddess is out of another great unraced mare, this one Soldiergirlsbeauty by Gothic Dream. 9 of her 11 foals to run have earned over $100k and are stakes winners with an 10th (3yo Soldierboy’sshadow) on his way. Three of those 9 have earned over $1 million, Chief, Soldier Girl Glory, and Soldier Boy Spy. Soldier Goddess is by arguably the #2 active Dirt Mile stallion, Desert Longshot. Desert Longshot is the sire of 212 winners on the dirt (64%) with 28 stakes winners (8%) and $36,000 in average earnings. This makes Soldier Goddess a full sister to Y31 NA Champion 3yo Filly, Soldier Girl Glory. That will surely decrease her value is some people’s mind, but it is hard to knock her with that excellent pedigree.
Score Points (Dullahan x Army Wife – Life Worth Living)
Out of SIMMY winning Life Worth Living mare Army Wife, Score Points is a half to stakes winners Letters From Home, Stuck At Home, and Home From Battle. Army Wife’s first foal, Well Earned, has turned into a nice broodmare with a stakes winning baby herself (Sixteen Virgins). Score Points is by game point stallion Dullahan, who has 41 foals in his first two crops with some impressive All Weather 5 furlong works. It is yet to be seen how his sons will be on the track, but I would expect Score Points to be an impressive worker as he gets ready to take the track.
Start Your Engine (Start Sizzling x Momentary Pause – Yes)
Start Your Engine is first foal out of the champion Yes mare Momentary Pause. On the track, Momentary Pause was a force as a juvenile, winning all 4 of her races, including the Y32 Steward’s Cup Synthetic Juvenile Fillies. She finished 1st or 2nd in her first 5 starts as a 3yo before giving a game effort against the boys in the Steward’s Cup Synthetic Mile. She is a half to fellow stakes winner, Elusive Award, and it will be exciting to see how good she is in the breeding shed. Start Your Engine is by the impressive AW Mile stallion Start Sizzling. Start Sizzling has 72% winners and 16% stakes winners in his first three crops with average earnings of $38,000. 4yo stakes winning colt The Boiling Point, is another Steward-bred by Start Sizzling.
The Best Quality (Dr. Ghazi x Life Is Sweet – Storm Cat)
This large bay colt is out of the unraced Storm Cat mare Life Is Sweet, making him a half to stakes winners Tends to Surprise, Bubble Over, Endless Silence, and Rumble of the Day. Life Is Sweet is a half to fellow stakes producing mares Sweet Allthetime, Sweet Catomine, and Sweet State. The Best Quality is by Dr. Ghazi, who is the sire of Ghazi’s Dream and Perfect Sunday, who went 1-2 in this year’s Steward’s Cup Synthetic Marathon. Dr. Ghazi has nearly 50% winners with 5% stakes (13 total). He ranks 4th among active All Weather Route stallions with 111 winners, and he is one of the more popular All Weather Route stallions standing.
Westerners (West x Fangers – Fang)
The small bay colt is the first foal out of champion Fang mare Fangers. Fangers won multiple G1 stakes as a 3yo on her way to winning the Y33 SIMMY for AW 3yo Female of the year. Fangers is the first stakes winner out of End of the Line mare Adapt and she is another exciting young AW broodmare prospect. As you might guess, Westerners is by tri-surface stallion West. West currently has 190 total winners (54%), he ranks 5th among active All Weather Route stallions with 109 winners, and he has 13 stakes winners (4%) to his name. The former Baltimore Crown winner has been a very good All Weather and Dirt stallion that has crossed well with End of the Line family mares.