A beautiful chestnut hulk in the spitting image of his grandsire City Zip, this colt is the only son or daughter of Run Away and Hide to be offered at an OBS or Fasig-Tipton 2-year-old sale thus far in 2022, but he certainly was not out of place. If that wasn’t fully apparent from the way he glided through the stretch in the OBS April training preview, he made more than a few believers back at the barn.
David Ingordo said just before the colt strolled into the sale ring, “Every time I see him he gets better looking.”
The colt shipped straight up to Dallas Stewart at Churchill Downs to prepare for his debut.
Jeff Lifson said, “He settled right in and is doing everything right, switching leads on cue in his gallops, looking very professional.”
At OBS, the Indiana-bred covered an eighth of a mile in 10.1 despite cross-firing in the early stages, making up for that with a long, elastic stride that was nearly a foot above the average stride length for the session.
Erin Birkenhauer said, “One of the great things about OBS April is that with so many team members on the ground we can find diamonds in the rough. I think this colt is a great value play. The first thing I noticed in person is that he has great, big feet. He has great bone, and he moves very well on the racetrack. He was kind of green in the first part of the work, but once he leveled out he was super smooth.”
Another appealing factor is the consignor Mayberry Farm, the same Mayberry Farm that provided the early training for Zenyatta as well as West Point’s Grade 1 winners Hard Not to Love and Flightline.
April Mayberry and company raise and prep them right, and we saw that first-hand again in the spring of 2021 with Little Drama, an Oklahoma-bred who commanded our attention from the Mayberry consignment at OBS March. We bought Little Drama with a similar outlook, that no matter where he was bred, he was a legitimate prospect for our roster. Little Drama put an exclamation mark on that assessment a couple of months later, dominating his career debut at Belmont Park with an 85 Beyer figure.
The Hoosier-bred program is nothing to sneeze at as a fallback, with 26 Indiana-bred stakes worth between $75,000 and $150,000 on the schedule at Indianapolis Caesars (formerly known as Indiana Grand).
Price includes all acquisition costs and all training, veterinary, and insurance expenses until January 1, 2023.
One of the great things about OBS April is that with so many team members on the ground we can find diamonds in the rough. I think this colt is a great value play. The first thing I noticed in person is that he has great, big feet.Erin Birkenhauer