Kelly Rubley trains one of the favorites for Preakness Stakes

Imagining colt Outlook

A dark bay colt from the first crop of the regally-bred stallion Imagining struck West Point's buying team as their steal of the OBS April sale.

The colt is a Maryland-bred, and he will be based right at home with trainer Kelly Rubley, whose star continues to rise in the Mid-Atlantic and increasingly on a national scale, as she has an intriguing candidate for the Preakness Stakes with Alwaysmining, who extended his win streak to 6 races by dominating the Federico Tesio Stakes by 11 1/2 lengths on April 20. The gelding has won six times in seven starts with Rubley after previously going 1-for-6 with two different trainers.

Rubley trains stakes winner General Downs for West Point.

Imagining stands in Maryland, a proven pathway for well-bred young sires with something that is holding them back from immediately catching the attention of Kentucky stud owners. In Imagining's case, the only holdup is that he was a long-distance turf horse, and a darn good one at that: best in the Grade 1 Man o' War and four other New York stakes.

Imagining happens to boast a world-class pedigree—he is a son of Giant's Causeway out of one of the world's best female families, the one that produced Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver, champion two-year-old Rhythm, and Kentucky Derby runner-up Bluegrass Cat.

The colt worked an eighth in :10 2/5 and displayed an appealing stride that earned him a spot in our stride analyst's Group 2 category, which takes into account things like efficiency, thrust, and a unique set of power factors.

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

Imagining colt Data

  • Trainer: Kelly Rubley
  • Sire: Imagining
  • Dam: Night Brigade
  • Broodmare Sire: Rockport Harbor
  • Birth Date: February 12, 2017
  • Sex: colt
  • Bred: Maryland
  • Engagements: Maryland Million
  • Dosage Index: 2.00
  • Work Time: 10.2 seconds
  • Stride Length: 23.52 feet
  • Heart Score: 7.2