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Congrats Filly Upsets the Silverbulletday

The task facing Stronger Than Ever (Congrats) in Saturday’s Silverbulletday S. looked on paper to be a stiff one and the public bet her accordingly. But the grey filly rallied stoutly from the rear and outslugged MGSW and ‘TDN Rising Star’ Wonder Gadot (Medaglia d’Oro) to take this first local step towards the GI Kentucky Oaks.

Void of early speed, Stronger Than Ever dropped out to the rear of the field before actually working her way into the picture at the midway stage. She gained ground under a Florent Geroux hold on the turn, was steered out wide and looked as if she was going to run away with it a furlong from home. Wonder Gadot boxed on gamely down on the inside, but Stronger Than Ever did slightly the better work late to post a narrow success. Missive (Alternation) stayed on at one pace for third ahead of GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies’ third Blonde Bomber (Fort Larned).

Winner of a Churchill maiden Sept. 16 and a one-mile Keeneland allowance Oct. 20, Stronger Than Ever was never in it when seventh in the GII Golden Rod S. in Louisville Nov. 25 and was exiting a distant third in the Dec. 17 Trapeze S. at Remington Park.

The 30th black-type winner for her sire, Stronger Than Ever was the most expensive of her sire’s 11 foals to sell in 2015 and was the priciest of 49 yearlings to sell in 2016. Produced by a stakes-placed daughter of SW Stellar Affair, Stronger Than Ever descends from the female family of Curlin. Broken Silence was sold in foal to Ghostzapper for $170,000 at the 2015 Keeneland November sale. The produce she was carrying at the time, a filly, fetched $435,000 at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale. The mare was represented by a colt of 2017 by Verrazano and was most recently bred to the latter’s sire More Than Ready.

SILVERBULLETDAY S., $148,500, FG, 1-13, 3yo, f, 1m 70y, 1:44.28, ft.
1–STRONGER THAN EVER, 122, f, 3, by Congrats
1st Dam: Broken Silence (SP), by Broken Vow
2nd Dam: Stellar Affair, by Skywalker
3rd Dam: Fawn and Hahn, by Grey Dawn II
($150,000 Wlg ’15 KEENOV; $310,000 Ylg ’16 KEESEP).
1ST BLACK TYPE WIN. O-Fern Circle Stables; B-J Stuart, P Bance, J Amling & C Noell (KY); T-Kenneth G McPeek; J-Florent Geroux. $90,000. Lifetime Record: 5-3-0-1, $174,846.
2–Wonder Gadot, 122, f, 3, Medaglia d’Oro–Loving Vindication, by Vindication. ($80,000 Ylg ’16 KEESEP; $325,000 2yo ’17 OBSAPR). O-Gary Barber; B-Anderson Farms Ont Inc (ON); T-Mark E Casse. $30,000.
3–Missive, 116, f, 3, Alternation–Bedanken, by Geri. O/B-Pin Oak Stud LLC (KY); T-Michael Stidham. $15,000.
Margins: NK, 4HF, 1 3/4. Odds: 33.20, 1.10, 23.50.
Also Ran: Blonde Bomber, Heavenly Love, Terra’s Angel, America’s Tale, Shes Our Fastest. Scratched: Saguaro Row, Stellar Moon, Remember Daisy, Noblame.
Click for the Equibase.com chart.

Arch Colt Much the ‘Best’ in Lecomte

INSTILLED REGARD (c, 3, Arch–Enchanting, by Forestry), put up from third to second via the DQ of ‘TDN Rising Star’ and recent GIII Sham S. winner McKinzie (Street Sense) in the GI Los Alamitos Futurity Dec. 9, provided Larry Best’s big-spending OXO Equine with its first stakes victory since bursting onto the scene some 18 months ago. Sitting in a good stalking spot behind splits of :23.48 and :47.52, he came to challenge the leader at the head of the stretch and kicked clear by some five lengths in 1:42.59. Highly regarded ‘Rising Star’ Principe Guilherme (Tapit) completed the exacta over his stakes-winning stablemate Snapper Sinclair (City Zip). The winner was a $110,000 KEESEP RNA who blossomed into a $1.05-million OBS March juvenile after a :20 4/5 breeze. Lifetime Record: GISP, 5-2-2-1.
O-OXO Equine LLC. B-KatieRich Farms (Ky). T-Jerry Hollendorfer.


Hempfling – Calming Spooky Arabian Horse – by Authentic Horsemanship

Hempfling – Calming Spooky Arabian Horse – by Authentic Horsemanship

Klaus is converting an extremely shy arabian during a performance into a trustful fellow.
Explanation of the individual steps shown in this video, where KFH works with a green horse:
Step 1:
For Klaus the most important ability is to recognize the horse’s real nature. In general he sees the First encounter as an extremely important moment — it is the moment where he can bring the horse back to its real nature and its true character.
Step 2:
It is never possible for Klaus to go against the horse — he needs its cooperation to work together with him. Only the horse itself can carry through the change, so from the very start Klaus is acting as its supporter.
Step 3:
According to Klaus’ point of view it is only possible to transmit the inner energetic processes to the horse through an optimal body-awareness. The basics of this issue are explained in his book “Dancing With Horses” and in the DVD Learning Box (in preparation).
Step 4:
Furthermore it is important by the first encounter that the horse is immediately taken to its ‘wound points’ and to the zones of approaching its problems. This is a part of the foundation of Klaus’ work.
Step 5:
Klaus’ way of leading the horse is based on natural authenticity. Also this is an important foundation of his togetherness with horses. In his courses Klaus always addresses especially this issue.
Step 6:
After their first encounter with Klaus horses are extremely open and cooperative — that means a big responsibility for the humans, because they are so vulnerable.

Klaus Ferdinand Hempfling, with his professional background in communications has shaken up the international horse world. He is at the forefront of new ideas on working and interacting with horses. The basis of his work is consideration for the horse’s psyche, communication via a body language that is understood by the horse and interaction with these powerful, beautiful, dignified creatures in accordance with nature. The development of the rider’s “presence” and an orientation to holistic principles is integral to this work. Klaus’ first book, “Dancing with Horses” (translated into more than 10 languages), met with overwhelming international success; thousands of spectators have witnessed a way of interacting with horses that made the horses the teachers, the bearers of mysteries, whose proximity could transform human lives.

Klaus has the ability to “know” a horse within a few seconds and within a few minutes of the first meeting, he establishes a relationship so firmly that anything after that is completely based on trust. In his Borderline Demonstrations he transforms dangerous, nervous, traumatized, any kind of horse into cooperative companions. They recognize him as their leader, and become willing partners in groundwork and under saddle.

Rookie Stallions Make For An Interesting Trail

This year’s ITM Irish Stallion Trail caught me slightly unawares as it was brought forward two weeks from its original end of January slot. As this was my third year to follow the trail I decided that having concentrated on Leinster based studs the previous two occasions – as one who is based near The Capital, would be inclined to do – instead I would check out what some of our rugby rivals had to offer all the way down in Munster. My plan was to start with Tipperary’s finest then travel north east stopping off at some significant markers before getting back to ‘The Pale’ in the evening. An early start had me passing through Fethard at 9.30 a.m., ahead of schedule to begin the day at Coolmore and I resisted the temptation of knocking on the door of McCarthy’s Pub on the off chance they would be serving a full Irish, instead trusting that sustenance would be available a few miles down the road. I needn’t have worried.

Driving through the majestic entrance to Coolmore one is reminded what a global and aesthetically stunning enterprise has been forged by John Magnier and his associates in the last thirty years. My initial awareness of brand Coolmore stemmed from their former national hunt stallion Deep Run (GB), sire of that legendary race mare Dawn Run (Ire) and who just seemed to be champion national hunt sire every year in the eighties. Since then it has morphed into a global colossus. People say Ireland is renowned for brands like Guinness or U2, I say Coolmore.

Friday’s visit to the stud allowed me the opportunity to see arguably the best and factually the most expensive stallion in the world. Galileo (Ire), who has just turned 20 years of age and who now has a 24 hour bodyguard, will stand this season at a covering fee of €600,000. Is it any wonder that he has round the clock protection as he has now become a national institution and as Maurice Moloney, our host for the morning said, “Firstly aren’t we lucky here in Coolmore to have him, secondly, isn’t Tipperary lucky to have him and finally isn’t Ireland lucky to have him.” His staggering covering fee is at least twice as high as any other stallion in the world and not surprisingly the majority of his covers will be allocated to Coolmore’s own mares with about 30 paid nominations in his book for 2018. Moloney confirmed Darley to be among the list of the customers under the ‘paid nomination’ column and also that Coolmore would be utilising Darley’s flagship stallion Dubawi (Ire) for a number of their mares this year. All is well in the bloodstock world as simple business principles have come to the fore.

As Galileo is in the twilight of his career there were a number of young pretenders to his throne on parade in Coolmore and one who is built very much in the mold of his father is Gleneagles (Ire). The dual Guineas winner, who stands a shade under 16 hands, also inherited the same panther walk from Galileo and given his first foals averaged just over a £100,000 in 2017 it is safe to say his stock have been well received so far. Another of Galileo’s sons Churchill (Ire) is an entirely different model and Ryan Moore must have felt a long way from the ground whenever he rode this fella and he has that great laid back attitude one often seems to associate with big horses. Looking at him it is a surprise that he was a European champion 2-year-old but no surprise that he was a top class 3-year-old. Galileo’s other son recently retired to Coolmore is Highland Reel (Ire) and several of the other trail hoppers in attendance expressed their surprise that a seven-time Group 1 winner of over €9-million would be introduced to stud at a relatively low fee of €17,500. Maurice Moloney had to agree that they may have erred on the side of caution when setting his fee as he noted he was also “one of the soundest horses that Aidan ever trained.”

This being my first visit to Coolmore in over three years I had not seen Australia (GB) since he retired from racing and I must say it is amazing how a stallion can transform from a wiry athlete to a masculine bull of an animal within a couple of season’s of covering and Australia is a fair example. He never exactly ‘filled the eye’ when racing but this regally bred horse now ticks almost every box and with his first runners set to grace tracks this year it will be fascinating to see if that final, most important box gets ticked; hard to imagine it won’t.

While only time will tell if any of these stallions step up to the mark and emulate their father just as Galileo has done his own sire Sadler’s Wells, Coolmore are also seeking to fill the void left by the untimely death in America of Scat Daddy. In Caravaggio they might just have a successor and this steel grey speedster certainly looked the part as he strode out for viewers. Maurice Moloney predicted his coat will be a lot whiter this time next year after a season’s covering, as he simultaneously removed his cap to reveal his own greying thatch, as if trying to prove similar strenuous activity affects us men in the same way.

They don’t come any more handsome than Camelot (GB) and after admiring him for a while I offered my thanks to my hosts while administering a dose of caffeine before making my way across country towards Ballylinch Stud, passing through some villages and townlands en route that I think may not yet have been discovered.

Ballylinch Stud have no new rookies for 2018 but again I find it interesting to see how young stallions alter from one year to the next. Make Believe (Fr) is one who I thought has developed well in the last twelve months but pride of roster has to go to Lope De Vega (Ire) who at a 2018 covering fee of €60,000, is inching towards elite stallion status. Mark Byrne, who looks after nominations in Ballylinch is predicting a big year for the stallion as his crops bred from his best mares received emerge. Lope De Vega has also found favour in the southern hemisphere where his son Vega Magic (Aus) has become by far the stallion’s biggest earner, with his second placing in last year’s The Everest contributing over £800,000 to his haul. Classic winner and Classic sire Lawman (Fr) has surely become a very good value stallion at a fee of €15,000 while New Bay (GB) isn’t lacking for mare support given his powerful ownership triumvirate of China Horse Club, Juddmonte and Ballylinch who are committed to making him a success. Fascinating Rock (Ire) holds the distinction of being the highest rated son of Fastnet Rock (Aus) and his owner Maurice Regan has also been on a buying spree this past year acquiring numerous choice mares to aid the horse’s second career.

At this stage the Coolmore coffee and cakes seemed like a lifetime ago and once the Ballylinch stallions had strutted their stuff I retreated into their plush marquee for a quick taste of their beef casserole and just in case anyone thought this was a script for John Catucci’s ‘You Gotta Eat Here!’ I can assure readers the objective of the day was to view stallions so I declined dessert and got back on the trail towards Kildangan Stud.

On arrival at Kildangan Godolphin chief executive Joe Osborne enquired if I would be reviewing their food or their stallions so for the record their spicy parsnip soup certainly helped warm the cockles on what was a pretty cold afternoon. However my main reason to visit Darley’s Irish HQ was to see their new boys for 2018, Ribchester (Ire) and Profitable (Ire). Richard Fahey has said he would train 300 horses if he had them but he’d probably need double that number through his hands to unearth one as good as Ribchester and this four time Group 1 winning son of Iffraaj (GB) will begin covering at a fee of €30,000. Profitable (Ire) is pitched a bit lower at €12,000 but as a Group 1 winning sprinter by Invincible Spirit his appeal is obvious. Eamon Moloney (a nephew of Coolmore’s Maurice) was on MC duty in Kildangan and I was delighted when he announced Teofilo (Ire) as the next to parade. The 14-year-old looks magnificent and he has sired a Group 1 winner for every year of his life and with 17 stakes winners in 2017 his top level tally looks highly likely to overtake his age this year. Slade Power (Ire) also looked a picture and he is one of a number of stallions who will make the betting market for leading first season sire in 2018 quite interesting.

I had time for one more stop and with two interesting additions to their roster this year I decided the Irish National Stud would be my final destination. I arrived just as a parade had commenced and I had to battle for a viewing spot as a group of 40 Czech breeders had commandeered all the best vantage points. The stud’s CEO Cathal Beale must be pleased with his first six months in the job; he managed to recruit two very interesting stallions in National Defense (GB) and Decorated Knight (GB) while also launching a new bloodstock investment scheme. Beale was proud to show off his new stallion acquisitions and even though Invincible Spirit (Ire) is showing none of his advancing years – the 21-year-old was keeping his long suffering handler Michael ‘Daffer’ Kelly on his toes – it is important for the stud to establish a potential successor to him. National Defense is a son of Invincible Spirit who Criquette Head-Maarek trained to win the G1 Prix Jean Luc-Lagardere in 2016 and the smooth walking 4-year-old oozes quality and athleticism. In Decorated Knight the stud may just have clinched the deal of 2017. The horse has serious stallion credentials; a three time Group 1 winning son of Galileo, out of a full-sister to both Giant’s Causeway and You’resothrilling, who just happens to be the dam of the Galileo Group 1 winners Gleneagles (Ire), Marvellous (Ire) and Happily (Ire). If that wasn’t enough, Decorated Knight stands for a covering fee of €15,000. Who says there is no value out there? As mentioned earlier a year is a long time in a young stallion’s life and that year has been physically kind to Free Eagle (Ire). While his first foals didn’t really light up the bid boards at the sales last year Beale is confident his yearlings will fare much better at the sales this autumn. We all know how fickle the market can be but it’s way too soon to write off this horse and those who did pinhook a foal by him last year could be sitting on a decent investment.

So having covered the guts of 300km I pointed the chariot home and began to wonder to myself, just how many miles of manicured beech hedging did I drive by during the day?


Why Organic, Sustainable Farming Matters | Portrait of a Farmer

Why Organic, Sustainable Farming Matters | Portrait of a Farmer

When it comes to your food, nature always has the last word.

Most pro-organic documentaries make their point by taking stabs at the cruelty and other evils involved in the world of industrialized farming. In this short documentary portrait, Jesse Straight, owner of Whiffletree Farm, shows us a different approach. As he gestures to the beautiful landscapes that surround us he explains, “being a farmer is special because this is my office. You spend your day making animals happy…you get to do things that help the things around you thrive”.

The passion that Jesse exudes in this film will make you question every fast-food burger you’ve ever eaten, but for all the right reasons.

Director & Editor | Alexis Kikoen
Director of Photography | Liz Lane
Camera Operation | Susan Thompson & Alexis Kikoen
Production Assistant | Chris Jones
Producer | Brian Freer
Featuring | Jesse Straight of Whiffletree Farm: http://www.whiffletreefarmva.com/
Sponsored By | Riverside Health System: http://www.riversideonline.com/
Produced For | The Health Journal: http://www.thehealthjournals.com/

#organic #farming #farmtotable #eatinghealthy

Insights: Saturday, Jan. 13

3rd-FG, $41k, Msw, 3yo, 6f, post time: 3:03 p.m. ET
TAPABILITY (Tapit), the first foal out of two-time champion female sprinter Groupie Doll (Bowman’s Band), makes his debut. The chestnut, drawn widest of all in this nine-horse field, fired a five-furlong bullet for trainer Buff Bradley at Fair Grounds in 1:00 1/5 (1/39). Mandy Pope’s Whisper Hill Farm purchased Groupie Doll for $3.1 million at the 2013 KEENOV sale. Bradley, of course, also campaigned the two-time GI Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint heroine. “He’s pretty much like Groupie Doll in his aggressiveness,” Bradley said. “When he gets out there and wants to do it you can see that he’s really on it. She might have been a little more laid back around the barn area whereas he’s a bit more aggressive around the barn and in his stall. It’s probably [because he’s a] colt, but you can tell that he’s a very happy horse, always wants to play. He’s very manageable though and he’s a very happy horse.” TJCIS PPs

3rd-SA, $54k, Msw, 3yo, 5 1/2f, post time: 4:30 p.m. ET
NERO (Pioneerof the Nile), a painful debut second as the 1-2 favorite on debut behind subsequent Speakeasy S. winner Beautiful Shot (Trappe Shot) after being overconfidently handled in the stretch by Martin Garcia at Del Mar Aug. 27, makes his much anticipated return. Bob Baffert adds blinkers on the half-brother to GSW Ocean Knight (Curlin). The $950,000 FTSAUG yearling is campaigned by Magnier, Stonestreet, Smith et al. TJCIS PPs

7th-OP, $76k, OC 62k/N1X, 3yo, 1m, post time: 5:09 p.m. ET
NEW YORK CENTRAL (Tapit), a half-brother to GII Saratoga Special S. winner Corfu (Malibu Moon), tackles winners and two turns for the first time since earning his ‘TDN Rising Star’ badge at second asking going six furlongs at Churchill Nov. 26. The $750,000 FTSAUG yearling, produced by a half-sister to MGISW Peace Rules (Jules), is trained by Steve Asmussen. He is the 6-5 morning-line favorite. TJCIS PPs

Figures Up After Magics Day Three

GOLD COAST, Australia–I Am Invincible (Aus) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}) has rapidly emerged as an important sire in Australia, and his popularity was apparent during the third session of the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale on Friday, with colts by the Yarraman Park Stud resident fetching two of the top three prices: A$1.9-million and A$1.45-million. They were split by a full-sister to Group 1 winner Sweet Idea (Aus) (Snitzel {Aus}), who was bought by Jon Kelly for A$1.8-million. I Am Invincible now has three seven-figure lots at the sale, and the reigning champion sire Snitzel (Aus) has two. I Am Invincible is the sale’s leading sire with three or more sold, that figure sitting at A$505,165 for 30 sold.

Figures continued to climb throughout the third session, and to this point 599 yearlings have been sold for A$137,592,000, compared to 574 sold for A$119,865,000 at the same stage last year. The average has jumped 10% to A$229,703, while the median is up 13.3% to A$170,000. The clearance rate continued to improve for the third straight day and sits at 87.8%. Friday’s session yielded five seven-figure lots, bringing the total for the sale to eight.

Dreams For Colts’ Syndicate…

James Harron has been busy this week stocking the stable of his colts’ syndicate of stallion prospects, and Segenhoe Stud’s I Am Invincible (Aus) colt out of Electric Dreams (Aus) (Redoute’s Choice {Aus}) (lot 686) is headed to trainers Peter and Paul Snowden to race in the green and yellow silks after Harron prevailed at A$1.9-million. The bay is the fifth foal out of the three-time winner Electric Dream, already the dam of the G3 SAJC Breeders’ S. winner Broadband (Aus) (Sebring {Aus}), and Segenhoe offered him on behalf of breeder Peter Horwitz. Segenhoe manager Peter O’Brien said, “He’s been racing and breeding for 40 years and this is the biggest success he’s had; He’s a good friend of mine. The horse was born at Vinery and Peter asked me to go look at it as a foal. He got great grounding at Vinery before he came to us.”

O’Brien said the colt was “as good a looking horse as you would see,” but that he exceeded expectations in the sales ring.

“You never expect a horse to make that,” he said. “Before we came to the sales we would have been happy with A$600,000, and then he had 29 x-ray hits. Everyone was on him so we thought he’d sell well, but not to that extreme.”

Segenhoe wrapped up a very successful sale on Friday evening, with 19 sold from 19 offered for an average in excess of A$400,000.

“All the credit for that goes to the lads on the farm,” O’Brien said. “I’ve never had so many compliments on how well our horses look and that’s all a credit to the team. Probably the one indicator for me was that at a lot of sales you might have two or three people bidding. Every horse had five or six people bidding and all 19 exceeded our expectations on price, which has never happened to me. It’s a testament to Magic Millions for bringing the people here, and it’s also a great indicator of the strength of the market.”

Harron was involved with the purchase of Pierro (Aus) while working in conjunction with Gai Waterhouse at this sale in 2011, and the agent went to A$1.05-million on Friday for a son of the Coolmore sire, who currently leads Australia’s second-season sire standings by a comfortable margin. Lot 647 is the first living foal out of the winning Dance Card (Aus) (Exceed and Excel {Aus}). It was another good result on the day for Mike and Kate Fleming’s Bhima Thoroughbreds, which also sold the A$875,000 Snitzel–Augusta Proud filly.

Harron’s purchases on Friday also included an A$800,000 son of sire of sires Redoute’s Choice (Aus) (lot 516) early in the session. The bay from Tartan Fields hails from a true racehorse and stallions’ pedigree, being the fourth foal out of Assertin Miss (Aus) (Zabeel {Aus}), a full-sister to the Classic winner and sire Reset (Aus).

“He’s by an incredible stallion, Redoute’s Choice, but first of all he’s an incredibly beautiful colt, a very classy colt,” said Harron. “He comes from a fantastic family and he has an incredible broodmare sire in Zabeel. When you get a pedigree and the sire power of Redoute’s Choice, who has a higher stakes winner percentage strike rate than any other stallion in the whole of Australasia, it ticks all our boxes and we’re very excited to get him.”

Harron described the market this week at Magic Millions, Australasia’s first yearling sale of the season, as “really solid.”

“It’s a reflection of what you feel in racing in Australia. It’s very buoyant, very deep,” he said. “There’s lots of exciting stuff happening and there are a lot of people in racing managing to keep it current and keep prizemoney up, and creating races like The Everest. It’s got a lot of people interested and you can feel it here at the sale.”

Harron agreed the vibrancy of the Australian racing industry has driven up the demand for and price of yearlings.

“One hundred percent,” he said. “It’s a great product, it’s a lot of fun to go racing here. The prizemoney has been discussed a million times but The Everest and days like that–we can feel the knock-off effect with inquiries through the website, through people getting in touch, so hats off to these administrators for getting these things up and going. They’re so aggressive and proactive in promoting racing and you can feel it; you can see it in the ring and you can see it in the prices.”

Two Toppers For Kelly…

Jon Kelly signed on Thursday for the sale’s top-priced colt thus far, and on Friday he added the sale’s most expensive filly, Arrowfield’s full-sister to the G1 Galaxy S. winner Sweet Idea (Aus) (Snitzel {Aus}) (lot 733). Taking a page from the book of his trainer Gai Waterhouse, who also trained Sweet Idea, Kelly opened the bidding at a bold A$1-million, and eventually had the final say at A$1.8-million.

“Best filly in the book!” Kelly said. “I’m glad to have her. We’ll try to figure out the right name to be a winner. She has a terrific residual value as a broodmare. She is potentially a blue hen. That’s as good as you can get.”

Reminded that he now owns the top-priced filly and colt from the sale, Kelly said, “Thank god I can afford it!”

Kelly revealed Arrowfield will stay in for a piece of the filly. “I have a nice partner,” he said. “His name is John Messara and I’m very happy that he’s in with me.”

The filly’s 19-year-old dam Flidais (Aus) (Timber Country) has been a gem for Arrowfield. Sweet Idea was herself a A$240,000 yearling at this sale in 2012, and her Group 2-winning full-brother Showtime (Aus) made A$1.1-million two years ago. The mare has also produced Rush (Aus) (Charge Forward {Aus}), a stakes winner in Singapore.

Flower Gets A Jewel…

Damion Flower is no stranger to going to seven figures for a yearling at Magic Millions, his purchases here in recent years including the A$1.6-million sale-topping Snitzel (Aus) colt, later named Chauffeur (Aus), in 2016, and the owner once again prevailed for a prized colt on Friday when shelling out A$1.45-million for Vinery’s I Am Invincible (Aus) colt out of Classic winner Commanding Jewel (Aus) (lot 624).

Flower is best known for racing Snitzel and can nearly be guaranteed to be on each one of that champion sire’s best progeny at the yearling sales, and he admitted that going that high for a horse by a different sire was a little out of his wheelhouse. He said he came to the sale, however, looking for a yearling by Yarraman Park’s red-hot sire, who was champion first-season sire in 2013/14 and has gone on since, his progeny including last year’s Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner Houtzen (Aus) and three Group 1 winners, including this year’s first-crop yearling sire Brazen Beau (Aus).

“We went down there looking for an I Am Invincible, he’s on everyone’s lips,” said Flower, who is also known for campaigning, in partnership, the first-crop yearling sire Rubick (Aus). “Just the nature of him, and he’s out of a really good Commands mare. He was taken out of the box a fair few times and it was just the way he was, his mannerisms, but he was just a real athletic horse. He’s one of the better I Am Invincibles, we thought, out of an exceptional mare. He was the one for us.”

The colt hails from something of a genetic goldmine, being the first foal out of the G1 Thousand Guineas winner Commanding Jewel. As good as she was, Commanding Jewel’s race record pales in comparison to that of her half-sister Atlantic Jewel (Aus) (Fastnet Rock {Aus}), the champion 3-year-old filly and older mare who also won the Thousand Guineas in addition to four other Group 1s. Atlantic Jewel was a A$320,000 graduate of this sale in 2010 to the bid of Demi O’Byrne, and she was exported to Coolmore in Ireland at the end of her racing career and has been mated to Galileo in her first three years at stud. Commanding Jewel was bought for A$205,000 here in 2011 and produced a More Than Ready filly this year.

Redoute’s Colt To Asian Interests…

Considering Redoute’s Choice’s rapidly growing impact as a sire of sires, it should come as no surprise that his sons from young, black-type mares would be well sought after at Magic Millions. That proved to be the case on Friday when the Arrowfield-consigned colt out of Cat By The Tale (Tale of the Cat) (lot 591) made A$1-million from a syndicate of Hong Kong and Australian owners. Magic Millions’s Asian representative David Chester said, “The reason they bought him and paid that sort of money is because he’s got real sire potential. They think he’s a ready-made 2-year-old and they think he’s a horse that will fit the Magic Millions 2YO Classic next year and then hopefully later on he’ll be a stallion.

The bay is the sixth foal out of Cat By The Tale, whose three winners from three to race include the stakes-placed Rafael’s Cat (Aus) (Redoute’s Choice {Aus}) and Tale of Choice (Aus) (Redoute’s Choice {Aus}). The mare’s 3-year-old filly I Am Queen (Aus) (Animal Kingdom) is a winner since the catalogue was published.

Snitzel Filly To Emirates…

Nasser Lootah’s Emirates Park Stud struck early during Friday’s third session to secure a filly with residual broodmare value when spending A$875,000 on lot 521, Bhima Thoroughbreds’s Snitzel daughter of the Group 3 winner and Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner Augusta Proud (Aus) (More Than Ready). The chestnut is a three-quarter sister to G3 Thoroughbred Breeders S. winner Thyme For Roses (Aus) (Redoute’s Choice {Aus}).

“She’s a lovely filly,” said Emirates Park’s Bryan Carlson. “The guys from Dubai only wanted one filly. We got it down to two in the last few days and she was the one they really wanted. She ticks all the boxes, she’s by the right stallion and has the right pedigree. I think we’ll have a lot of fun with her.”

Mike and Kate Fleming’s Bhima Thoroughbreds sold Thyme For Roses to Gai Waterhouse for A$450,000 at this sale three years ago, and that filly was sold on to Stonestreet for A$800,000 at the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale last year.

Arabian Horses – Allegory for Obedience

Arabian Horses – Allegory for Obedience

A parable of obedience and valor. What often is expected of men, by God, may seem difficult. Sacrifice, obedience, and other things taught in this story ought to awaken men to their duty to become as the Lords “True Arabian” horses, as it were. Select. A Cut above the rest!

Violence Filly Goes Gate-To-Wire In Stylish Debut

5th-SA, $56,070, (C), Msw, 1-11, 3yo, f, 6f, 1:10.08, ft.

MS DUPREE (f, 3, Violence–Magic Pearl, by Stormy Atlantic) broke sharply at 5-2 and was guided to the front alongside favorite Gracious Me (Into Mischief) through a quick opening quarter in :21.97. Still under a tight hold from Evin Roman, Ms Dupree was a length in front at the quarter pole before kicking clear and holding strong in the stretch to graduate by 1 3/4 lengths. Gracious Me held on for second. Ms Dupree sold for $80,000 at the 2015 Keeneland November sale to her current connections. This is the 33rd winner from Violence’s first crop (by Medaglia d’Oro). Maiden dam Magic Pearl is a half to MSW Call Her Magic (Caller I.D.), who produced GISW J P’s Gusto (Successful Appeal), and Pacific Spell (Langfuhr), who’s the mother of 2008 Champion 3-Year-Old Filly Proud Spell (Proud Citizen). Magic Pearl also has a juvenile colt by Cairo Prince and was bred to Palace Malice last season. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $32,400. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by Fasig-Tipton.

O-Turnley Farms Louisiana LLC; B-Mueller Thoroughbred Stable, Ltd. (KY); T-Philip D’Amato.


Nammalvar – Organic Farming Training

Nammalvar – Organic Farming Training

Training at Vanagam, 3 day programme. Must for Every one