Often when we consider yearlings to purchase, we are specific to the clients programs and attempting to enhance their broodmare band. Thus we are quite particular on pedigree as well as the athlete and value, trying to combine all these ingredients with positive results. Fortunately, we have been very successful over the years including the purchase of 2011 filly AURELIA'S BELLE for client Jim Miller at the Keeneland September Sale for $170,000. She is a MGSW with earnings of $344,000. Her wins include Pure Romance Bourbonette Oaks (G3), Regrets Stakes (G3) and Arlington Oaks (G3). We also purchased on behalf of George Strawbridge, Jr. G1 placed and recognized California Champion SAUCY EVENING for George Strawbridge, Jr. In addition, we have purchased for George Strawbridge Jr. the Deputy Minister filly INITIATION who was from Peter Blum’s foundation family. She made six starts winning two of these and just missing Group 1 placing 4th in the Alcibiades. She did manage to win a stake at Woodbine and has been retired to his broodmare band.
For Roy and Gretchen Jackson we purchased the Pulpit filly SENADA who was bred by Arthur Hancock and from his good race mare Owsley. SENADA was a stakes winner and multiple G3 placed earning just over $200,000. In addition, we took a chance on a Dynaformer colt, KINDERGARDEN KID purchased from Helen Alexander and her foundation Althea family. KINDERGARDEN KID came close to being a top horse by winning a G3 and G1 placing of approximately $350,000 providing them with much hope and many thrills.
SISTER DAWN was another very promising filly that we bought for our pinhooking partnership. We purchased her as a yearling for $120,000 and pinhooked her as a two year old with Niall Brennan for $290,000. She also provided success on the track winning a stake and finishing 2nd in the G2 Bayakoa HCP and earned nearly $200,000.
We love all aspects of the business and must admit to particularly enjoying the challenge and thrill of buying yearlings for future racing prospects. This exercise requires the intuitive nature of study of conformation, pedigree, value and where the horse has been raised. One of the most intriguing aspects of the business is you never know from where the athlete comes and thus purchasing a yearling at auction gives one a chance to expand on their existing breeding program and develop their bench of future racing prospects. In this ever competitive business, thoroughbred racing requires such a depth of involvement in order to compete at the highest level.