It is hard to believe that another new season is almost upon us. It has been a landmark season for Team Buzz with some fine achievements along the way, as well as a hugely successful first running of the Calumet Cup series.
Looking back to the beginning of last season and this column highlighted Team Buzz’s first Breeders’ Cup outright winner in the shape of Rising Star from Barnes Stable as well as Will Kill, a Group class performer hailing from Calumet Farm. The team was also boosted by a victory in the Team Cup thanks to new member, Julius.
Chase Bloodstock had been ready to quit the flat racing game mid-season but whilst he may have taken a quality over quantity approach, he clearly has a soft spot for a colt named Pearl Rock, the first foal of the useful Pearlysteps by leading sire, Rocher sur l’Eyre.
It is with his trotters though that Chase Bloodstock really excels and he has strong claims for another good batch this season.
“Gibraltars second foal is a filly called Adrenalin. Its sire is atas fighter viking, I’m not sure of the sire but as Pin Up Girl has proved Gibraltar is a good broodmare.
Shannon is the full sister of Sasha which has placed in a Golden Race for me this season.
Pandella is full sister to Pickering and I’m hoping with a special focus on sprint training she’ll be up there in the Sprint Cup.”
Rapidly developing as one of the leading flat racing stables at Team Buzz, thanks largely to significant investment in breeding, is Calumet Farm. Although the operation has moved more towards breeding late types this season, Oliver is clearly excited about some of his more precocious prospects.
“The two horses I am looking forward to most are Vegas Killer and Sir Killer, even it is likely there are better horses to come from my stable the following season. I expect at least one or two of my late sprinters to be very top class.
Vegas Killer is a full brother to my top act Will Kill, who developed very quickly but unfortunately had no Breeders’ Cup entry. If Vegas Killer is as good as his brother in the early days anything can happen.
Sir Killer is a half brother (dam side) to Queen de Kiez and in contrast to his sister he is sired by a real early sprinter named killer. This killer has for sure been one of the most underrated studs in the whole game and it still makes me proud that I bought him for peanuts only.”
The Barnes Stable will again focus primarily on its hurdlers but also has high hopes for one of his few flat horses.
“Beltane is the first foal of my useful race mare, Witching Hour. I hope he will do well enough to give Calumet Farm a run for his money in this season’s Calumet Cup.”
Last season, the Barnes Stable produced a Breeders’ Cup winner as well as a Team Sprint Cup runner-up and looks to improve on that tally this term with what will hopefully prove to be another strong team of hurdlers.
“Moonshine is the obvious one to pick out, being a half-sister to the top class Leapfrog as well as useful types, Risk Me and Torrential. The mare is also a full-sister to Breeders’ Cup victor, Rising Star.
I also have added a few new mares this season and I’m looking forward to their first offspring for me, Salmon Leap and Leap Of Faith, both by my own stallion, Leapfrog. If I was to pick out one that I’m most excited about though, it would have to be Steel. This will be the mare, Miss Mito’s final foal and she has produced little of note so far but hopefully I have picked the right stallion for her. She was useful on the track but she is also a half-sister to one of the most outstanding performers in the shape of Iron Man.”
New both to breeding and the game but already making an impression is Jumpstarter Stables. This month will see the first crop of yearlings from this fledgling yard and a first opportunity to participate in the Calumet Cup.
“I’m very excited about my upcoming foals. I’ve tried to breed as best I could with what I have, but I think my July crop will surpass the upcoming June bunch (I already have 9 in the oven for July). I have 13 flat foals and 4 hurdle foals on the way for June. I really have no idea what the hurdle foals will be like, however I went ahead and entered them all in the Breeders’ Cup.
The 4 flat horses that I think will be best are Maico, Hector Camacho, Civil Servant (all colts) and a filly, Kakodæmon. Each of them comes from some pretty decent lineage and should be able to get the distance in the Breeders’ Cup.”
Dinamo74 earmarks Hello Bud as a horse to follow. Its unlikely we will see this one until some time in the future but this colt is the offspring of his Arc winner, Ma Bcr, by the stallion Bizarro who himself was an Arc runner-up. His second nomination goes to There she goes, by the yard’s resident stallion, Spider Flight, out of the useful mare, Star light.