From across the pond West Point caught wind of a promising American colt on display at the Arqana 2-year-old sale in Deauville, France. The son of Street Sense had been snatched up by a European pinhooker at a Kentucky yearling sale last fall, and we had eyes and ears on hand when he made his presence known with a very sharp breeze at the training preview on turf for the May Arqana sale.
He caught the attention of Kip Elser, a longtime 2-year-old consignor in America who has been doing more and more work prospecting international talent.
The new colt looks sleek and extremely fit, which is par for the course with the European way of building up 2-year-olds with loads of stamina work.
“I can’t wait to get him here to my barn in a couple weeks, he is a sharp-looking colt,” said Dale Romans, who will receive the colt at Churchill Downs in early June. “You know I like that his daddy won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and Kentucky Derby. He has been training on turf but there’s nothing about that pedigree to make you think he won’t also take to the dirt here.”
The colt comes from the female family of an exceptional dirt filly named Flat Fleet Feet, who captured the Adirondack Stakes (G2) as a 2-year-old at Saratoga and went on to win a Grade 1 around two turns as a 3-year-old.
Price includes all acquisition costs and all training, veterinary, and insurance expenses until January 1, 2024.