Chase Bloodstock is looking forward to an improved crop of yearlings this term, following what he describes as a disappointing batch last time.
“I’m interested to see how Acen (trotting) does. Its a sprint bred filly whose sire was born with 4 speed.
On the flat, China White, a half sister to Pearlysteps could be special, I hope. My only other early flat horse is Ivory Flake which is bred to be an early 2200/3000m horse. I have one other flat horse Anthem which is a 3yo star in waiting. I am also looking forward to Sacre D’Or my first home bred 10-10 whose mare was a HoF mare.
Pearlysteps has netted the owner close to €50 in earnings to date, represents the stable in today’s end of season final of the South American Derby and looks set to make a 3 year old too.
One stable that has unquestionably invested heavily in his breeding program, both in financial terms and those of time and effort, is the sponsor of Team Buzz’s flagship in-house championships, the Calumet Cup – Calumet Farms.
“This season wll be my third as a breeder at Newturf and will also be the first for the Calumet Cup, a likely booster for our all breeding performances. I expect this season’s juveniles to be useful and competitive. There will be 25 horses born over all disciplines on May 1st in my stable. The list of studs used for my breeding operation has grown hugely in the last weeks compared to the last two seasons. The majority have been covered by my stallions NoixduSparte, killer and Matt’s retired Duke of King – all capable of siring decent horses.”
“I also hired a few studs from outside like Arbinger, Test Célèbre, Kingus d’étouvelles and Roi de Karm’s.”
“The two horses I am looking most forward to racing for the first time are Awesome Celebration and Queel L – some of you might remember the mighty swedish mare Queen L – a former winner of the Swedish Trotting Derby, Olympiatravett, Prix d’Amérique and Prix de France, four of the most valuable races in Europe.”
“The Test Célèbre son, Awesome Celebration, could be anything since the nicely bred mare, Awe Inspiring, does not fit perfectly in terms of squares but clearly has genes for pretty useful stayers in her. Not too confident but if the mix of a late and an early stayer filly works, he could end up a superior horse. ”
“The foundation of the Calumet Cup has encouraged me to extend my breeding operaration for trotting and hurdling. In my first season I only tried to make sure no Cup race will be run without a horse from my stable. So I went to the sales ring and couldn’t believe my luck to grab Lili up du Tiboli a recent ‘Golden Race’ winner cheaply. I hired Karmuse’s sire, Roi de Karm’s to cover my first homebred trotter. In terms of genes and squares it looks to be an almost perfectly bred filly, like Queen L once was. – a major force in the Calumet Cup for sure.
Max Dynamic’s stable has really started to take shape this season and he looks forward to a productive crop of yearlings.
“Well I have 13 in total for next season but favorite and most exciting for me is my developing line, Arbinger(sire) – Zefka d’Aaronn(mare) combo. This season’s foal Zefka d’Arbinger has probably been my most exciting for me so I’m looking forward to next seasons half sister!”
“I have this line (Zefka d’Arbinger) and another line (Born to Vegas) in mind for in-house breeding both lines. I think will gel well for Dynamic Towers for future ‘all rounders’. It’s a slow process with the fruits of my labor still unknown, but I think that what’s so exciting.”
Having produced two high quality hurdlers in the shape of Quasar and Leapfrog in the previous season, the Barnes Stable has lacked a star this term. He hopes to see a different pattern this term with the most likely source being the same bloodlines.
“Qualine Hop will produce her final foal this term and so I was keen to produce something for the future. I chose to revisit the sire, Ouvatonsurcejeu. The previous matching produced the mare, Rieur du Littoral who while only fair on the track has been very successful as a broodmare. She produced the high-class Leapfrog first time and a useful mare, Risk Me next time.”
“The result this time was a full-sister and while her future ultimately lies in the breeding shed, I’m hopeful that Rising Star will prove useful on the track too.”