West Point's buying team felt awfully sneaky after snagging this New York-bred colt.
After all, the price was very nice for a colt whose stride length was well above average at 25.11 feet and he earned the elite group 1 status from our stride analyst, which takes into account things like efficiency, thrust and a unique set of power factors.
Why did he slip through the cracks? Well, the colt is by Commissioner, a value sire at WinStar Farm whose first crop is about to the reach the races. Commissioner is certainly not without credentials. A son of the legendary sire A.P. Indy, he was a Grade 2 winner on the dirt at 10 furlongs and finished second by a head to Tonalist in the Belmont Stakes, and his half brother Intrepid Heart could make an impact on the Triple Crown trail this spring after beginning his career with a 7-length victory at Oaklawn Park last month.
This well-built, bay colt will have an abundance of opportunities in the lucrative New York-bred program, which includes a $45-million annual stakes schedule. New York also is the place to be if, as projected, he turns out to excel going long on the turf for new West Point trainer Danny Gargan, whose barn is an emerging force on the East Coast.
The colt breezed an eighth in 10 1/5 and earned a lofty breeze figure of 77, one of the best in the sale and the highest of any of West Point's purchases.
"He has enough pedigree there and with his looks he has room to improve," said bloodstock adviser David Ingordo. "[Even with the impressive breeze metrics], I think he was out there doing something he wasn't ready to do."
Price includes all acquisition costs and all training, veterinary, and insurance expenses until January 1, 2020.