Constitution off to fast start as a sire

Ratify (Constitution Colt) Outlook

UPDATE: Ratify shipped to George Weaver's Saratoga barn this week. Constitution is currently fourth on the leading freshman sires list, with 4 individual 2-year-old winners already!

Constitution is a young sire whose first crop has impressed West Point's buying team throughout this 2-year-old sales season. At OBS April, the team found one to buy, a bay colt with a smooth, efficient and long stride.

“Star,” was the quick notation from West Point's bloodstock adviser David Ingordo after watching the handsome bay colt lay down a furlong in :10 1/5 in the April 17 breeze show. Independently, West Point's stride analyst came to the same conclusion, putting the Constitution colt in the vaunted Group 1 category for the sale, which takes into account things like efficiency, thrust, and a unique set of power factors.

Constitution is a son of Tapit, no stranger to West Point at the sales this spring as the sire of Chestertown, the sale-topping acquisition at OBS March. Constitution had two colts elicit big prices between the Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream and OBS March sales, but this one slipped a bit between the cracks, which with 1,200 horses in the catalog tends to happen more at OBS April than any other juvenile sale.

The colt's pedigree features a successful formula: the same cross that produced Frosted, arguably Tapit's best runner, as exemplified in his 14-length, historic triumph in the Met Mile a few years back. Frosted was out of a mare by the elite sire Deputy Minister. The same cross (Tapit or one of his sons paired with a mare from the Deputy Minister line) produced this colt as well as the popular young sire Tapizar.

The new colt will be trained by George Weaver, who also is receiving a Tapizar colt West Point purchased at the OBS March sale. Weaver is coming off one of the biggest wins of his career with Vekoma in Keeneland's Blue Grass Stakes.

Price includes all acquisition costs and all training, veterinary, and insurance expenses until January 1, 2020.

Ratify (Constitution Colt) Data

  • Trainer: George Weaver
  • Sire: Constitution
  • Dam: On A Lark
  • Broodmare Sire: The Prime Minister
  • Birth Date: April 27, 2017
  • Sex: colt
  • Bred: Kentucky
  • Engagements: Breeders' Cup
  • TrueNicks: B
  • Work Time: 10.1 seconds
  • Stride Length: 24.59 feet
  • Heart Score: 8.7 (well above average for age and sex)