West Point Thoroughbreds latched onto a colt from the first crop of promising sire Carpe Diem and out of a mare who is a half-sister to the tough-as-nails turf champion Lady Eli.
Consignor Eddie Woods has been a proven, go-to source for West Point to acquire livestock for more than 20 years, including current Kentucky Derby hopeful Galilean, as well as Derby runner-up Commanding Curve and the stakes filly Belle of the Hall.
West Point purchased a minority interest in the colt after Eddie Woods selected him as a yearling. Eddie has been super impressed with how the grandson of Giant's Causeway has developed all winter was bummed when the colt's pre-sale breeze at OBS was solid but not quite up to the par he had established for himself back home at Woods' training center.
"Eddie has been quite high on the horse and his [sale] breeze wasn't bad ... it just wasn't maybe as brilliant as some others," bloodstock adviser David Ingordo said. "The horse just wasn't meant to do that. I like what I have seen by Carpe Diem. Lady Eli in the female family needs no introduction and Pulpit is a great broodmare sire. All that made him a sleeper to me."
Carpe Diem, a son of Giant's Causeway who was a Grade 1 winner at both 2 and 3 for WinStar Farm, had a dozen yearlings exceed that price last fall. Lady Eli was a brilliant two-year-old when she swept her way to glory in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf, only to be stricken with the dreaded and often fatal hoof disease laminitis. Amazingly, she not only survived, she regained her top form on the racetrack and earned champion honors as a five-year-old in 2017. Lady Eli's half sister, a placed daughter of Pulpit named Holy Place, produced this colt as her first foal.
“Both Jerry (Hollendorfer) and George (Weaver) both came up to me after we signed the ticket and said how much they liked this colt,” said Terry Finley. “He's as handsome as they come. After hearing Eddie rave about him all winter long, we made our minority position a majority one. He just didn't show up on the synthetic after training lights out on the dirt the past few months.”
Price includes all acquisition costs and all training, veterinary, and insurance expenses until January 1, 2020.
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