With bullets of :9.3 for a furlong and :20.2 over a quarter mile, the 2-year-olds were motoring over the synthetic surface at OBS with 48 horses working under 10 seconds during the three-day preview last week. While buyers can always expect stallions like Tapit (Pulpit), Scat Daddy (Johannesburg), Uncle Mo (Indian Charlie) and War Front (Danzig) to be popular, the breeze show highlighted a few others that may be worth a second look before they enter the ring over the next few days.
Here are eight stallions whose 2-year-olds caught my eye going into this sale.
It’s no surprise that the Bodemeister (Empire Maker) 2-year-olds are horses to watch. He’s been the most hyped horse of the 2013 freshman sires crop since he retired and if he didn’t get the best book of mares of any of the new stallions in North America that year, it was close. Bodemeister’s highest priced horse at the Fasig-Tipton Florida Sale two weeks ago was a $650,000 colt and at OBS he had two fillies work in :9.4 with a pair of colts hitting the :10.0 mark as well. His horses didn’t work as well at a quarter mile but that can be semi-forgiven in many cases at a sale this early since a lot of horses aren’t ready for that distance. Overall, Bodemeister currently has 12 horses left in this sale with his first horse through the ring being Hip 27. At Fasig-Tipton, Bodemeister was beat out by Union Rags (Dixie Union) as the sire to throw the the highest priced first-crop sire 2-year-old and they may battle it out again here but Union Rags’ fastest workers went :10.0, which may give Bodemeister an advantage.
Sent to South Korea after just one year at stud, Hansen (Tapit) will only have one U.S.-bred crop unless his first crop of 2-year-olds hit the track running and earn him a ticket back to Kentucky. Obviously breeze shows aren’t a promise that a sire’s horses will blow up the track when they get into a competitive situation but it does show that the horses have at least some speed and talent. It seems like Hansen definitely gave his foals some speed as two of them worked in :9.4 with his three others to work a furlong going in :10.0 and :10.1 (two of them), respectively. Hansen did well at the Fasig-Tipton sale a few weeks ago with his only horse selling for $225,000, which makes it look like this will be a promising sale for him as well.
|Hansen winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile|
A stallion whose horses came out running at the breeze show was Mineshaft (A.P. Indy). The stallion's two offerings who worked a furlong went in :9.4, putting him firmly in the top group of stallions at this sale. Mineshaft is the sire of one champion, 15 graded stakes winners and 36 stakes winners from 488 starters but his median for 2-year-olds last year was $65,000 so it’s hard to predict exactly how this will go (especially without knowing how the horses are vetting). However, his only horse to go through the ring at the Fasig-Tipton sale brought $600,000 at the beginning of the month so buyers are obviously receptive to him.
A dominant sire in Florida in the early 2010s, the death of Wildcat Heir (Forest Wildcat) early last year was a big loss to the Florida breeding industry. The stallion’s penultimate crop will be going through the ring at OBS this week and it looks like it will be a good sale for him. In addition to being at a location where there are a lot of Florida buyers in attendance (all of his horses in the sale are Florida-breds), he also had two offerings work :9.4 and another handful work :10.0 and :10.1 with his slowest at the distance going :10.2 (he also had one work a quarter in :21.3). Wildcat Heir probably won’t bring the flashy numbers of some of the other stallions but the sale is in the perfect location to capitalize on the big works from his horses in the breeze show.
Honorable mentions needs to go out to two other Florida stallions in Adios Charlie (Indian Charlie) and Kantharos (Lion Heart). Last year, Adios Charlie had a colt and a filly sell for $600,000 or more and this year had a horse breeze the co-bullet at a furlong. Kantharos has had a lot of luck with his first three crops and shares the bullet with Adios Charlie and popular Kentucky sire City Zip (Carson City). Both stand at Ocala Stud for $5,000 or less and as long as their bullet workers vet, they should bring a decent amount over the stud fee. New York stallion Frost Giant (Giant’s Causeway) also held his own at the top of the quarter mile works with his filly sharing the :20.2 bullet with The Factor (War Front) and Twirling Candy.