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Kentucky Yearlings: 1st Year Sire Comments
The Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July Select Yearling Sale offered US public auction buyers "the 1st opportunity to acquire yearlings from stallions represented by their 1st crops," noted bloodhorse.com. Among buyers & consignors who commented on the 1st-crop sires:
- Dan Kenny (FourStar Sales, consignor): "All of the offspring by [Arrowfield Stud shuttler] Orientate had a very uniform look. The Buddhas were very impressive & you would have expected the Came Homes to look exceptional & they did. I also like the E Dubais & the Includes also had a very uniform look. The Yonaguskas were hit & miss, but they attracted attention. I think of all the new sires, Pure Prize is going to be your sleeper: he didn't have very many in the sale, but what he did were outstanding. Of the new sires, I don't think there are any real superstars, but there is a lot of depth for the future."
- Bobby Hurley (buyer): "I like the Unbridled's Song line & the Buddhas looked real good to me too."
- Bobby Dodd (buyer): "For the new sires we liked Officer & Orientate: theirs looked good."
- John Servis (trainer-buyer): "We bought 2 Buddhas & a Songandaprayer: there's a strong Unbridled's Song influence here. The Include babies look good & you don't always get that with sons of Broad Brush."
- Tom Van Meter (Eaton Sales, consignor): "It looked to me like Buddha sold pretty well."
- Bob Baffert (trainer-buyer): "Officer looked pretty good & so did Include."
- Ron Ellis (trainer-buyer): "The Includes looked nice & Yonaguska."
- Larry O'Byrne (Hill 'n' Dale, consignor): "Buddha, Orientate & Officer stood out."
- Ken McPeek (agent-buyer): "We bought a Pure Prize I really like, as well as a Jump Start & a Yonaguska I was thrilled with."
- Niall Brennan (buyer): "I bought an Include that looked nice & a Jump Start that was pretty nice too. It's still a little early to say, but Buddha & Yonaguska sold well."
- John Fort (buyer): "I bought a Came Home yearling for US$200,000 so he was a young stallion that caught my eye."
- Dean DeRenzo (Hartley/DeRenzo Thoroughbreds, buyer): "The new sires didn't stand out as well as I would have liked them to. I think the Buddhas were pretty well respected & I liked several of them."
- Randy Hartley (Hartley/DeRenzo Thoroughbreds, buyer): "I was a little disappointed. The Officers & Snow Ridges were more consistent & solid at this sale anyway. With new sires, the offspring can change from sale to sale."
- Ciaran Dunne (Wavertree Stables, buyer): "The most consistent of the new sires was Include. He was probably the star of the bunch, just because of the athleticism of all his foals. They looked like they were fast & that you could train them. I also liked Snow Ridge: they were big, pretty horses & they looked athletic & like they would train easily."
- Claire Reece (Rockwell Sales Agency, consignor): "I sold the highest-priced Day-1 filly by Include. It seems like any of the new stallions are doing well. Johannesburg is another that is doing well."
- Bill Oiser (buyer-consignor): "My favorite new sires are Buddha & Johannesburg because I like the type they're throwing."
- Mark Taylor (Taylor Made, consignor): "I think the new sires are doing a little softer than they have been in the past, especially on the lower end."
- Bates Newton (Vinery, consignor-buyer): "We were pleased with the prices of Vinery stallions Yonaguska & Pure Prize. The Yonaguskas were very uniform & nicely athletic, & we bought 4 of them. We're going to race them, not pin-hook them, & they'll be sent to our farm in Florida for training. We have 12 of them, & have about 9 or 10 by Pure Prize. At the sale, we bought a Pure Prize filly."
- Brereton Jones (Airdrie Stud, consignor): "We were told what a special horse Include is instead of us telling everyone. We couldn't be happier about his prices. When that happens, it's a good sign. There also were a lot of people telling us that we need an outcross (for Northern Dancer & Mr Prospector). Another good thing is that Include's average was steady & not blown out of proportion by 1 big horse."