Filly Could Have Tremendous Residual Value
Elegant daughter of top 5 2019 sire
Half-sister to grade one winner Heart to Heart
Trained by Dale Romans, Churchill Downs’ all-time winningest trainer
An exquisitely-made filly with fireworks on both sides of the pedigree, Lady Traveler has blossomed this spring for trainer Eddie Woods in Ocala.
“The sire Quality Road tends to get you lengthy, leggy kind of horses with a big barrel on them, and that’s this filly,” Eddie said. “She is improving all the time, and she has changed significantly. She has grown and filled out, she is a beautiful filly, and she is going to continue to fill out.“
Quality Road spent much of 2019 at the top of the heap among all American stallions, thanks in large part to his son City of Light who captured the biggest purse in the land in the $9-million Pegasus World Cup and his filly Dunbar Road, who captured the Grade 1 Mother Goose Stakes and Alabama Stakes in New York. Dunbar Road is sitting on “go” for the start of her 4-year-old season with trainer Chad Brown.
Lady Traveler already is a broodmare in the making as 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.
Lady Traveler favors Quality Road: 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, the same sale where we found Lady Traveler last fall.
“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 was always 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.
Syndication price includes all acquisition, training, veterinary, and insurance expenses until January 1, 2021.
This is a collector’s item pedigree. Quality Road is a rockstar stallion, and she’s a half-sister to a grade one winner. If she gets some black type, she’ll be worth a lot of money.David Ingordo
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