When West Point Thoroughbreds finished the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale as the leading buyer and with two seven-figure colts, the buying team quickly shifted its attention to the New York-bred yearling sale a couple days later at the same venue, implementing the same analytics and eyes for talent.
New York-breds have been flying higher than ever, winning major, Grade 1 races like the Florida Derby, Dubai Golden Shaheen, the Whitney, the Flower Bowl, and the Fourstardave just since the start of 2018, and so it was no big surprise to see fireworks at the two-day sale at Fasig-Tipton last week: near-record total receipts and the highest single price in sale history ($775,000).
West Point came away very pleased with a fast-looking colt by Maclean's Music with a quality-laden female family that gives him the overall profile of a horse you can see making an impact not just in the New York-bred ranks.
The colt was bred and consigned by Thorndale Farm of Millbrook, New York, an institution in the breeding and sales community in the Empire State, producing the crack sprinter and successful sire Notebook and Florida Oaks winner Don't Forget Gil, from a band of only about 10 broodmares.
"I call that farm the Claiborne of the north," West Point's bloodstock advisor David Ingordo said, citing Kentucky's legendary Claiborne Farm that stood Secretariat and is synonymous with an old-school approach for raising tough, solid horses. "The horses are raised 'country,' and the way I like to buy them. On the dam side, I know the family well from working for Lane's End, and this is a Lane's End family. You can see Mr. Farish's Travers winner Code of Honor under the third dam."
Maclean's Music sired a Preakness Stakes winner with his very first crop two years ago when Cloud Computing upset Always Dreaming in the second jewel of the Triple Crown, which was a big early breakthrough for a sire whose claim to fame was raw speed: as a racehorse, he set a record that stands to this day with a 114 Beyer Speed Figure in a jaw-dropping debut win at Santa Anita.
"Maclean's Music is a young sire who has shown the ability to get you a brilliant runner," Ingordo said. "I think we kind of got lucky buying him on the first day of the sale before the prices really shot up on Day 2. He looks like an open-company physical and pedigree with the fallback of being a New York-bred."
The colt will be trained by Jorge Abreu, who is quickly rising up the trainer ranks in the Northeast and has a promising New York-bred colt already on his roster for West Point with Freaky Styley.
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