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New York-bred Son of Blazing Young Sire

Saratoga Steve

  • Laoban out to a blazing start at stud with New York-bred Grade 1 winner Simply Ravishing, Grade 2 winner Keepmeinmind.

    • Flashed one of the longest strides in entire OBS April Sale

    • Trainer Clement has worked wonders with long line of New York-breds winning Graded stakes

Laoban has been a meteoric success as a stallion and this New York-bred colt looks to be more of the same, a typical strong specimen from the line of his grandsire Uncle Mo, and an ultra-impressive breeze at OBS April. The bay colt flashed one of the longest strides of the entire sale (25.7 feet) as he drilled an eighth of a mile in 10 and galloped out a quarter in 21.1 and three-eighths in a n eye-popping 33.3. Laoban captured the Grade 2 Jim Dandy Stakes at Saratoga as a maiden in 2016 and began his stud career there in the Empire State the following year. He did so well stamping his foals and improving the stock of the mares that were sent his way that he has now earned a place on one of the premier stallion rosters in the world at WinStar Farm in Kentucky. What paved that golden road was an array of 2-year-old stakes credentials from his first crop: New York-bred Simply Ravishing capturing both the P.G. Johnson at Saratoga and Grade 1 Alcibiades at Keeneland by more than 6 lengths, Keepmeinmind finishing third in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile and winning the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club, and Laobanonaprayer winning a pair of New York-bred stakes. Christophe Clement will train the colt and look to add another chapter to his glittering resume with New York-breds as well as this extended family: underneath the third dam is Voodoo Dancer, one of Christophe's most accomplished mares, a Grade 1 winner at both Saratoga and at Belmont Park. Christophe consistently has worked wonders with New York-breds, steering the likes of Lubash, Discreet Marq and Disco Partner to millionaire status and victories in Graded stakes. The new colt will join Christophe's barn at Saratoga in short order. Price includes all acquisition costs and all training, veterinary, and insurance expenses until January 1, 2022.

Trainer: Christophe Clement

  • A leading US trainer for over 25 years, Christophe has acquired a reputation for meticulous attention to detail. He intentionally limits the size of his stable to a number that can be kept in just two locations at any point in time.
  • Top runners include Champion 2-time Eclipse Award winner, Gio Ponti, 4-time G1 winner, Tonalist, Gufo, and WPT grade one horses Decorated Invader and Best Performance.
  • Christophe Clement has been nominated for the U.S. Hall of Fame, and hopefully before long should take his place there, for he is a credit to the sport, a man of unquestionable integrity for whom his honesty and proficiency, and skill as a trainer are a matter of personal pride.

Saratoga Steve Info

  • Trainer: Christophe Clement
  • Sire: Laoban
  • Dam: Starship Kitty
  • Broodmare Sire: Tale of the Cat
  • Birth Date: May 27, 2019
  • Sex: colt
  • Bred: New York
  • Engagements: New York-bred program
  • Dosage Index: 3.00
  • Center of distribution: 0.67
  • TrueNicks: B+
  • Work Time: 10
  • Stride Length: 25.7

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