$1.2-Million Justify Colt Stars at Sturdy OBS March Opener
by Jessica Martini & Christina Bossinakis
OCALA, FL – The Ocala Breeders’ Gross sales Firm’s March 2-Yr-Olds in Coaching Sale opened its three-day run Monday with a session which gained power all through the day, finally ending with will increase in each common and median over the primary session of final yr’s two-day public sale.
Throughout Monday’s session, 131 horses offered for $20,192,500 for a median of $154,141–up 10.1% from a yr in the past–and a median of $90,000–up 16.1% from 2022. With out the inclusion of post-sales transactions, the buy-back price was 32.1%, up from 18.6% from the conclusion of final yr’s opening session.
The extra session–and an additional 198 horses–makes comparisons between years an inexact science at greatest.
“It is onerous to make apple-to-apple comparisons as a result of we now have 200 extra horses this yr and three days,” stated OBS Director of Gross sales Tod Wojciechowski. “It is going to be fascinating to see what occurs over the subsequent two days with the RNA price. I think it’s going to pattern downwards with the publish gross sales. We have already seen quite a lot of post-sale exercise. Definitely, we wish to see it decrease. However I can not move judgment on the sale till we get by the subsequent two days.”
A colt by Justify, consigned by Hartley/DeRenzo Thoroughbreds, topped the day’s commerce when promoting for $1.2 million to Maverick Racing and Siena Farms. Randy Hartley and Dean DeRenzo additionally offered the day’s second highest providing, a son of Uncle Mo bought for $950,000 by Invoice and Corinne Heiligbrodt and Jackpot Farm.
“These had been particular horses,” Wojciechowski stated of Monday’s two top-priced juveniles. “They did it on the racetrack after which, if you went again to have a look at them on the barn, they had been spectacular. There was no shock that these two horses did nicely. It is the outdated adage, you may’t cover a very good horse. The great ones stand out.”
A deep home shopping for bench was on the high of the March market Monday, with the highest 10 horses bought by 9 completely different patrons.
Japanese agent Hideyuki Mori, who bought seven horses throughout final yr’s March sale, together with a $1.1 million son of Into Mischief and a $900,000 colt by Bolt d’Oro, for a complete of $3.55 million, signed for one juvenile Monday, going to $300,000 to amass a colt by Bernardini for $300,000.
The OBS March sale continues by Wednesday with periods starting every day at 11 a.m.
WinStar Comes Out On Prime for Justify Colt
A colt by Triple Crown winner Justify (hip 215) turned the primary to achieve seven figures throughout Monday’s first session of the OBS March sale when bringing a ultimate bid of $1.2 million for WinStar Farm’s Elliott Walden, who signed for the colt on behalf of the partnership of WinStar’s Maverick Racing and Siena Farm.
“[WinStar general manager] David [Hanley] and I simply felt like he was the most effective horse within the sale,” Walden stated. “I feel the entire bundle, with how he breezed and along with his pedigree, he was value taking an opportunity on.”
Out of graded-placed Zinzay (Good Strike) and already named Saturday Desires, the colt was bred by Summer season Wind Equine. A half-brother to Grade I-placed Moon Over Miami (Malibu Moon), he was bought by Randy Hartley and Dean DeRenzo for $250,000 eventually yr’s Keeneland September sale. He labored a furlong final week in :10 flat.
WinStar Farm was co-owner of Justify and Maverick Racing bought the long run champion in partnership with China Horse Membership for $500,000 on the 2016 Keeneland September sale.
“We had been shut,” Walden stated when requested if the $1.2-million bid was close to his restrict.
As for what’s subsequent forward for the colt, Walden stated, “He’ll return to WinStar and we are going to determine it out from there.” @JessMartiniTDN
Uncle Mo Colt Hitting the Jackpot
Transferring alongside at a cushty tempo early on in Monday’s opening session of the OBS March Sale, it was obvious the tempo was about to select up markedly moments earlier than Hip 95, a colt by Uncle Mo, strode into the ring. A digicam crew swept into the pavilion, shortly establishing on the again because the photogs scurried into place. And it wasn’t lengthy earlier than the fireworks started. The bidding initially shot up in $100,000 increments earlier than accelerating to $150,000 volleys. When the mud had settled, it was Invoice and Corrine Heiligbrodt, in tandem with Terry Inexperienced’s Jackpot Farm, that landed the session’s second most prized juvenile for $950,000.
“We did not assume we had an opportunity to get him with what our funds is,” admitted Invoice Heiligbrodt. “We thought there could be another gamers in there forward of us. Possibly they know greater than we do, however I do not assume so.”
Added Inexperienced, “We simply cherished the horse. Billy has been at this a complete lot longer than me. I have been the caboose on his practice.”
He continued, “We’re simply enthusiastic about him. We predict he is an ideal horse and have our fingers crossed.”
Consigned by Hartley/DeRenzo Thoroughbreds, the Mar. 12 foal is out of unraced Sunshiny Day (Bernardini), a granddaughter of Champion juvenile filly Storm Music (Summer season Squall). Having confirmed an energetic affect within the breeding shed, Storm Music can be answerable for GISP Trojan Nation (Avenue Cry Ire) and MGSP Balladry (Unbridled’s Music) and One other Storm (Gone West), herself answerable for European Highweight Order of St George (Ire) (Galileo Ire).
The colt labored in :10 flat (video) throughout final week’s breeze present.
“We checked out all of the horses within the sale and tried to pick the most effective one,” defined Heiligbrodt. “And this one was in our worth vary.”
In response to Heiligbrodt, the colt will go to Steve Asmussen, who additionally educated 2019 Champion Sprinter Mitole (Eskendereya) for the Heiligbrodts.
“He is working speeds that is sort of a sprinter virtually,” stated Heiligbrodt of his highest-priced buy of the session. “We’re simply actually joyful we acquired him.”
Already having partnered on a handful of horses over the previous couple of years, the Heiligbrodts and Inexperienced loved prior success with Gulfport, one other son of Uncle Mo. Winner of the Bashford Manor S. at two, Gulfport additionally positioned within the GII Saratoga Particular and GI Hopeful S. along with ending third within the GI Champagne S.
“We have been [partnering on horses] the final couple of years–we’re each from Texas and good buddies,” stated Heiligbrodt.
Concerning the affinity for the Coolmore sire, he added, “We have had excellent luck with Uncle Mo. We ran Gulfport collectively, so to seek out an Uncle Mo with this type of velocity and pedigree is uncommon. I’ve been doing this a very long time and I have never seen many Uncle Mos that regarded any higher to me than this.”
Bought for $360,000 by Chris Baccari at Keeneland November in 2021, the bay was supplied on the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale final summer season, however failed to achieve his reserve of $575,000. Bred by Aaron Sones, the colt was secured for $500,000 by Randy Hartley and Dean DeRenzo privately.
DeRenzo stated, “We purchased the horse in Saratoga and he was our highest-priced yearling buy worth [in 2022]. We simply cherished him. Since then, he is educated superb all yr lengthy and we thought he was one of many high horses within the sale. He will among the best trainers, Steve Asmussen. That makes us really feel actually good as a result of now we all know the horse has an opportunity to do what we thought the horse can do.”
As for the acquisition worth, he stated, “I assumed he would have introduced greater than that. I feel they acquired a very nice purchase.”
He continued, “[Heiligbrodt] did not assume he may get him. However I advised him ‘At all times be prepared.’ We do not set our reserves too excessive as a result of promoting horses is what we do. He was there, ready for the horse, and he acquired it. We’re ecstatic for them. [Heiligbrodt] has an ideal eye and he has an ideal intuition as nicely. And he is been proper so many occasions.”
Along with touchdown the day’s high colt, the partnership additionally secured a son of Mitole, Hip 61 for $225,000. Consigned by Wavertree Stables, the chestnut’s work equaled (video) that of his pricier counterpart.
“[Hip 95] is a little bit bit sooner [than Hip 61], however in all probability will not go as lengthy,” stated Heiligbrodt.
Going again to the nicely for a horse that served the Heiligbrodts so nicely up to now was an apparent choice.
“Mitole has some actually quick ones right here so I wish to purchase all of the quick ones right here. As a result of if we personal them, we cannot need to face the actually quick ones within the races!” Heiligbrodt stated with fun. “We’re pondering down the highway.”
The partnership additionally buy Hip 164, realizing $310,000. Consigned by Cruzin’ Thoroughbreds, the colt by Lea additionally labored in :10 flat (video) through the breeze session. @CBossTDN
Hartley/DeRenzo Greater than Justified
If promoting 2-year-olds was a numbers sport, Randy Hartley and Dean DeRenzo actually did not get the memo. Lining up with solely two juveniles throughout Monday’s opening OBS March session, the duo landed a blow with each of them, with Hip 95 realizing $950,000 from a partnership of Invoice and Corrine Heiligbrodt and Jackpot Farm forward of Hip 215, who reeled in a $1.2 million ultimate bid from the converging titans Maverick Racing and Siena Farms.
“They had been each excellent horses and we had lots of people calling us about them,” stated Hartley. “However they’re two very completely different wanting horses. The Uncle Mo is basically tall and leggy and this colt has extra muscle and greater. They’re each excellent and will find yourself in the identical place–on high.”
Of Monday’s session topper, Hartley defined, “He is an incredible colt and we’re so joyful WinStar and Siena purchased him. He is acquired the most effective shot now. It is unhappy once they go away our palms, however once they go to an operation like that, they are going up on this planet.”
Bred by Summer season Wind Equine, the darkish bay was bought for $250,000 at Keeneland final September. Out of Grade III positioned Zinzay (Good Strike), the Apr. 11 foal is a half to SW and GISP Moon Over Miami (Malibu Moon). This represents the household Traditional scorers Musical Notice and Musical Chimes.
“He is been my little sleeper all yr,” admitted Hartley. “He has a particular place in my coronary heart. He was superb from day 1.”
Explaining a part of his attachment to the darkish bay colt, he stated, “We had his mom, Zinzay, who I purchased for $250,000 [Keeneland September in 2012] and we offered her for $700,000 [Fasig-Tipton Florida Sale in 2013]. I acquired to gallop her and was such an enormous a part of her growth, so I’ve had a tender spot for this colt all yr lengthy.”
He continued, “He is executed all the pieces proper all yr lengthy. He by no means did something improper. He is at all times been Mr. Severe. And he breezed lights out, it was simply spectacular [:10.0]. He simply has a special air about him. He has an actual presence. He is good but additionally very good too.”
Standing at Ashford Stud in Kentucky, the colt’s sire Justify is represented by his first crop of 3-year-olds this season.
“We’re such large Justify followers,” affirmed Hartley. “In reality, we’re large Scat Daddy followers. We had been round loads of Scat Daddys and he was such an amazing stallion. It was such an enormous loss to our trade when he died so younger.
“Justify is getting good runners now and we’ll try to purchase extra of them. We have now a couple of yearlings that we purchased as weanlings, so we’re holding it going.”
Not often afraid to increase to purchase a worthwhile teen, Hartley defined that the partnership has branched out a bit in latest occasions to seek out the potential business standouts they’re perpetually searching for.
“We’re shopping for infants to resell as yearlings so we now have been stepping up our sport in that space,” he defined. “We offered [three-time Grade I winner] Taiba two years in the past, and given that you may hardly purchase a Gun Runner as yearlings as of late, we thought we would soar forward and get them as weanlings. We’ll deliver them again as yearlings.”
DeRenzo added, “When the horse hits us and we now have a intestine feeling that this horses could be an athlete, we buy it. And often, 9 occasions out of 10, these horses are the athletes.”
He continued, “We do not stroll into it pondering how a lot can pay for horse. We use quite a lot of intestine intuition. We have been doing this 32 years in order that intuition is often proper.”
Additionally nicely reputed for bringing to the ring a small however choose group of horses, this yr’s March sale was no completely different with the pinhooking operation bringing three juveniles to the OBS scene. Already represented by the highest two juveniles throughout Day 1, the duo can be represented by Hip 449, a filly by Tapit, throughout Tuesday’s session.
“We’re very small by design,” defined Hartley. “I solely have 20 stalls in my barn. So, these are all of the horses I’ve. Dean and I’ve been doing this a really very long time. We have now at all times been geared towards high quality. We at all times thought if issues weren’t so good with the world, the Sport of the Kings would in all probability come all the way down to the ‘kings’. So we at all times tried to maintain a boutique consignment. You may by no means actually see us with greater than 5 – 6 horses at a sale. We have now been very fortunate and have offered some excellent racehorses. We’ll simply hold bringing high quality.”
So what could be the principle ingredient to their longevity and success?
“We deal with them like champions from the day be part of us,” stated DeRenzo. “And they consider they’re champions the day they go away us.” @CBossTDN
Shah Strikes for Metropolis of Mild Filly
Kaleem Shah, standing alongside bloodstock agent Ben McElroy and coach Simon Callaghan, went to $750,000 to amass a filly by Metropolis of Mild (hip 123) throughout Monday’s first session of the OBS March sale.
“Ben cherished her and so did Simon,” Shah stated after signing the ticket on the bay filly. “Subsequent yr, we are going to see if they’re proper or improper.”
Of the filly’s ultimate price ticket, Shah stated, “It is at all times dearer than you need. I want I did not need to spend this type of cash, however that is what the nice horses value.”
Shah is used to signing large tickets on the 2-year-old gross sales. He bought the $1.2million top-priced lot eventually yr’s March sale.
The juvenile, who labored a furlong in a bullet :9 4/5 final week, is out of Tessie Flip (Grand Slam) and is a half-sister to a number of stakes winner Jo Jo Air (Scat Daddy) and stakes-placed Congo River (Mendelssohn). She was bred by Springhouse Farm and Dromoland Farm and, after RNA’ing for $290,000 eventually yr’s Keeneland September sale, was consigned Monday on behalf of her breeders by Prime Line Gross sales.
“She stunned me as a yearling that we did not get her executed,” stated Springhouse Farm’s Gabriel Duignan. “It is simply a kind of issues that did not get executed. However she’s at all times been stunning. We cherished her. We at all times did. It is a gamble [to take her home from the yearling sale]. However she regarded the fitting time for this. She got here out right here and breezed nicely and I am delighted that she’s going to good palms with Kaleem and Simon.”
Springhouse bought Tessie Flip as a 5-year-old for $200,000 on the 2014 Keeneland January sale. She has had yearlings promote for $325,000, $425,000, $350,000, $225,000 and, most not too long ago Congo River offered for $400,000 on the 2021 Keeneland September sale.
“She simply checked in foal to Jackie’s Warrior,” Duignan stated of the mare. “And she or he has a Maxfield foal.” @JessMartiniTDN
Good Magic Colt Shines as Gladwell Legacy Continues to Develop
A colt by Good Magic (hip 262) continued a bang-up day within the gross sales ring for the Gladwell household when promoting for $725,000 to the bid of bloodstock agent Steve Younger. Consigned by Jimbo and Torie Gladwell’s Prime Line Gross sales, the teen had been bought by the household’s pinhooking partnership for $150,000 eventually yr’s Keeneland September sale.
“He’s a super-good coaching horse,” Younger, who was bidding on behalf of an undisclosed shopper, stated. “He’s by a sire who was among the best freshman sires final yr by a good distance and he is a half-brother to an undefeated horse. He has sneaky high quality all by his backside line.”
The colt is out of Ari the Adventurer (Pioneerof the Nile) and is a half-brother to a number of stakes winner Adventurous Girl (Kantharos). The mare’s 4-year-old, Kanthari (Kantharos), bought for $575,000 on the 2021 March sale, is now two-for-two for Todd Pletcher and MyRacehorse and Spendthrift Farm.
Just some hips earlier than the Good Magic colt went by the ring, Nellie (nee Gladwell) and Chetley Breeden launched their Grade One Investments consignment with one other pinhooking rating when promoting a colt by Frosted (hip 247), bought by the household for $50,000 at Keeneland September, for $475,000 to Three Amigos.
Watching on from the again strolling ring with apparent satisfaction was household patriarch Jimmy Gladwell and his spouse Martha.
“The Frosted colt that my daughter offered, we thought he would work quick,” Jimmy Gladwell stated of the juvenile who shared the :9 4/5 bullet final week. “And we thought he could be well-received, however we by no means dreamed that he would deliver the greenback quantity that he introduced on the finish of the day. So we’re thrilled with that. It was an ideal begin for his or her consignment and we’re actually happy with the job they did bringing him over and happy with the result.”
Along with the pinhooking success with the Good Magic, Prime Line Gross sales additionally consigned a filly by Metropolis of Mild who offered for $750,000 to Kaleem Shah.
“Jim and Torie, in our opinion, have actually risen within the ranks as one of many main 2-year-old consignors within the sport,” Gladwell stated. “They current a high quality product and have offered some very nice horses. They’ve developed a very good following. They only current good horses who work nicely. They’re doing an ideal job.”
The longtime pinhooker stated it was gratifying to see his youngsters proceed to achieve the trade.
“We’re simply busting with satisfaction,” he stated, whereas his spouse added, “It brings tears to your eyes generally.”
“We’re an in depth household and our center son [Raymond] he works within the enterprise as nicely,” Jimmy Gladwell stated. “All the youngsters are shut. It is only a nice feeling. Martha and I could not be extra happy with them.” @JessMartiniTDN