West Point Thoroughbreds jumped at the chance to buy an exquisitely-made filly with fireworks on both sides of the pedigree.
The sire? Quality Road has spent much of 2019 at the top of the heap among all American stallions, with a hit list that started in January when his son City of Light captured the biggest purse in the land in the $9-million Pegasus World Cup and accelerated this summer with the 3-year-old filly Dunbar Road, who has put herself in position for a championship by winning the Grade 1 Mother Goose Stakes and Alabama Stakes in New York.
Yearlings by Quality Road at Keeneland September brought as much as $950,000—for a filly snatched up by the same connections who campaigned Quality Road’s daughter Abel Tasman, who captured the Kentucky Oaks on the way to championship honors at three and brought $5-million as a broodmare prospect this past January.
What about this filly’s dam side? Directly put, she is already a broodmare in the making, because she is a half-sister to the turf star Heart to Heart, a durable and high-class performer who made up for his small stature with an abundance of talent. In six seasons on the track, Heart to Heart racked up 15 wins and more than $2-million in earnings, peaking as a 7-year-old when he scored back-to-back Grade 1 wins in the 2018 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap and Keeneland’s Maker’s 46 Mile Stakes.
The breeding cross—Quality Road with the Silver Deputy mare Ask the Question—is rated an A++ by TrueNicks.
The new filly favors her sire: like him, she is a dark bay with no markings, tall and physically imposing. She was raised and consigned by Hidden Brook Farm in Paris, Kentucky, an operation that sold eventual eight-time Grade 1 winner Game On Dude as a yearling at Keeneland September. This filly according to the Hidden Brook crew who worked the sale was the farm favorite.
“Heart to Heart came through the farm for a short spell when he was racing,” said Kelly Hurley, Hidden Brook’s operations manager. “He was a little thing. This filly is much more impressive to look at.”
Churchill Downs' all-time winningest trainer Dale Romans knows a thing or two about developing good fillies, with grade one winners Birdatthewire, C.S. Silk, Molly Morgan, Sassy Image, Swift Temper, and Tapitsfly to his credit. Romans also trains the likely favorite for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile — Dennis' Moment.
Syndication price of a yearling includes all acquisition, training, veterinary, and insurance expenses until January 1, 2021.
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