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Grandson of Uncle Mo out of a Smart Strike mare

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    • By the late Laoban, winner of the Jim Dandy (G2) at Saratoga

    • Eligible for lucrative NY-bred restricted races

    • Same broodmare sire as KY Derby winners Rich Strike & Mine That Bird

From Laoban’s only crop after earning a big jump from New York to Kentucky, this bay colt impressed our team along with trainer Christophe Clement, whose barn is a perennial power with New York-bred horses.

Dr. Jerry Bilinksi bred and owned the colt and is another longstanding client of the Clement barn. Christophe liked the colt so much that he advised Dr. Bilinski at Monday’s sale to stay in as a minority partner with West Point.

A son of Uncle Mo, Laoban starred at Saratoga as a 3-year-old in 2016, upsetting the Grade 2 Jim Dandy Stakes, and was a popular new addition to the stallion ranks in New York. Once his first crop excelled on the racetrack, featuring a Grade 1-winning 2-year-old filly and a Grade 1-placed 2-year-old colt, Laoban earned his promotion to WinStar Farm in Kentucky. Sadly, he died there in 2021.

In 2023, Laoban has been represented by Today’s Flavor, who extended his 4-win hot streak at Aqueduct this winter and added a New York-bred stakes triumph in the Affirmed Success in April.

Christophe Clement has worked wonders with New York-breds, and not just in the local state-bred ranks—his New York-breds Disco Partner, Discreet Marq, and Lubash all enjoyed long careers, each earning more than $1 million, and broke through to win Graded stakes in open company.

Syndication price includes all veterinary, training, acquisition, and legal costs through January 1, 2025.


Trainer: Christophe Clement

  • A leading US trainer for over 25 years, Christophe has acquired a reputation for meticulous attention to detail. He intentionally limits the size of his stable to a number that can be kept in just two locations at any point in time.
  • Top runners include Champion 2-time Eclipse Award winner, Gio Ponti, 4-time G1 winner, Tonalist, Gufo, and WPT grade one horses Decorated Invader and Best Performance.
  • Christophe Clement has been nominated for the U.S. Hall of Fame, and hopefully before long should take his place there, for he is a credit to the sport, a man of unquestionable integrity for whom his honesty and proficiency, and skill as a trainer are a matter of personal pride.

Laoban Colt Info

  • Trainer: Christophe Clement
  • Sire: Laoban
  • Dam: Canadian River
  • Broodmare Sire: Smart Strike
  • Birth Date: April 24, 2022
  • Sex: colt
  • Bred: New York
  • Engagements: New York-bred program, Breeders' Cup
  • Dosage Index: 3.40
  • Center of distribution: 0.86

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