This colt touted himself with an electric workout at OBS and validated it by making a strong impression in the barn area. What he cannot do anything about is his pedigree, which leans toward the obscure, as he is a Florida-bred son of young sire Brethren. That is the only reason West Point Thoroughbreds and bloodstock agent David Ingordo were able to secure him for a decent price.
Brethren won the Grade 3 Sam F. Davis Stakes on the Triple Crown trail for WinStar Farm and trainer Todd Pletcher but otherwise did not live up to the standards of his year-older half brother, Super Saver, who provided those same connections with their first Kentucky Derby win in 2010.
This colt turned in a strong eighth of a mile breeze in :10 and stirred the West Point team's imagination back at the barn. A registered Florida-bred, he's a great fit for trainer George Weaver, who keeps a string in the Sunshine State eight months out of the year. Brethren stands in Florida, so the colt is also-eligible for the lucrative Florida Sire Stakes.
"He had a brilliant breeze and is an A+ physical," Ingordo said. "It is a good enough [female] family. There is hidden pedigree but we have to give something up to get value. He has the physical and performance."
"Any [sire] can have a good horse. At the right price, this is a good value play."
The colt's consignor, Nick De Meric, sold Grade 1 winner Dream Rush to West Point back in 2006.
“Nick trains for some of the most successful people in the industry and I have a lot of confidence buying from him,” Terry Finley said. “I've never heard of anyone having any problem buying a horse from him.”
Price includes all acquisition costs and all training, veterinary, and insurance expenses until January 1, 2020.
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