UPDATE: The colt is heading to Rubley at Fair Hill before the end of the month. 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.
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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