Carpe Diem is a first-year sire whose yearlings have been extremely well received this year. By prolific sire Giant’s Causeway, he won four of six races including the Breeders’ Futurity (G1), Tampa Bay Derby (G2), and Blue Grass (G1). He possessed a powerful blend of speed, precociousness, and Grade 1 dirt ability.
Her dam, by Speightstown and trained by Mark Casse, ran twice as a 2-year-old before winning a stake and going on to become graded stakes-placed as a 3-year-old.
This filly should be able to run on anything -- her sire did his best work on dirt, and her dam competed on the turf and synthetic in Canada.
At least five graded stakes winners, including grade one winner and sire Frost Giant, were bred on the Giant’s Causeway/Gone West cross.
She’s owned in partnership with world-class bloodstock agent David Ingordo and John Shirreffs (trainer of one of the most talented mares EVER to race, Zenyatta).
Ingordo on Carpe Diem filly: I expected her to cost a lot more money. It was just one of those things where we struck at the right time. It rained the day before she sold and I think a lot of people didn’t get to look at horses. She’s a big, strong filly and the type John (Shirreffs) does well with. I think the sire is going to do extremely well.
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