UPDATE: The colt is training with Rubley at Fair Hill. Little Lion Girl pounced to be Imagining's first 2-year-old winner on June 28. Read more.
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 Alwaysmining, who won six races in a row, including the Federico Tesio Stakes by 11 1/2 lengths on April 20. "Lasting Image has a lovely stride," were the first words Rubley uttered to us shortly after he arrived at her Fair Hill barn.
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.
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