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.
Syndication price of a yearling includes all acquisition, training, veterinary, and insurance expenses until January 1, 2021.
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