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Royal Velvet

Sire: Collected

Dam: Moonshine Magic

Sex: colt

YOB: 2020

Trainer: Christophe Clement

Location: Ocala, Florida

Less than 48 hours after Voodoo Zip delivered a breakthrough win at Belmont Park, West Point Thoroughbreds was able to snatch up his three-quarter brother at Tuesday’s Fasig-Tipton July yearling sale in Kentucky.

The bay colt is from the first crop of Collected. Like Voodoo Zip, Collected is a son of City Zip. Since the new colt is by a son of City Zip and out of the same dam as Voodoo Zip, they are considered three-quarter brothers.

Collected covered more than 150 mares each of the last two years and is poised with a good chance to fill in some of the void left when City Zip died at age 19 in 2017 as a perennial top 10 sire. Collected may have been the best son of City Zip on the racetrack, winning seven stakes and earning $2.9-million.

Collected could carry his speed a long way and in top company, and the best example came in the 2017 Pacific Classic Stakes (G1) at Del Mar when he toppled Breeders’ Cup Classic winners Arrogate and Accelerate. Collected also won that year’s Grade 3 Precisionist Stakes at Santa Anita by a whopping 14 lengths and finished second to California Chrome in the Classic.

Voodoo Zip has been a hard-luck horse in some respects, as he has been beaten by a nose once, by a head once, and by a neck twice. He has never run a bad race, finishing first, second, or third in all 10 of his races, and he has been putting it all together lately with an easy win at Gulfstream Park in April and a measured, “as he pleased” victory on Sunday at Belmont that earned a 92 Beyer speed figure, a new best by 8 points.

David Ingordo was the bloodstock agent when West Point found Voodoo Zip at the OBS April sale and he was impressed when scouting out the younger sibling at Fasig-Tipton. “He is a very nice individual,” David said of the newcomer, whose female family also includes Grade 2 winner and sire Central Banker and Grade 2 winner Gentry.

Christophe Clement admires Voodoo Zip’s consistency and desire and will train the younger brother. The new colt will be shipped directly to Eddie Woods in Ocala, where Voodoo Zip prepared for his 2-year-old season.

Price includes all acquisition costs and all training, veterinary, and insurance expenses until January 1, 2023.