West Point jumped into the New York-bred yearling sale at Saratoga last summer to snag this son of Maclean's Music, convinced that he looked fast and a quality-laden female family that gave him the overall profile of a horse you can see making an impact not just in the New York-bred ranks.
He's backed up that impression in his early training for Eddie Woods in Ocala.
“He’s a good-natured, good-moving colt who trains well every day,” Eddie said. “He’s out of a Dixie Union mare and you can see a lot of that in him. Dixie Union is a great broodmare sire. This horse should be a top-notch New York-bred going forward. He’s above your regular old New York-breds. He’s leaps and bounds above most of them with the way he looks and the way he goes.”
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: 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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