02.24.2015

Big-Time Macho Uno Juveniles at Barretts Sale

The progeny of Macho Uno proved extremely popular at the 2015 Barretts Two-Year-Old in Training......

The progeny of Macho Uno proved extremely popular at the 2015 Barretts Two-Year-Old in Training sale. Colts by the Eclipse Award champion brought $310,000 and $260,000, respectively, ranking as two of the three highest-priced colts at the storied auction.

Hip # 52 was scooped up by the prolific North American racing stable Conquest Stables LLC for $310,000. The dark bay or brown colt is out of the stakes-placed Anabaa mare Life (Fr) and was a successful pinhook for his consignor, Bruno DeBerdt (Excel Bloodstock). DeBerdt purchased the colt at last year's Barretts October sale for $80,000.

"From the day I bought him he went forward," DeBerdt told Bloodhorse.com after the sale. "And I'm really pleased that he's going to Mark Casse. I think we're going to see a lot more of him."

Hip #77 (pictured) was another profitable pinhook. Purchased for $100,000 by Blake-Albina Thoroughbred Services at 2014 Fasig-Tipton July sale, the colt was hammered down for $260,000 to Narvick International Inc. He's out of the Storm Cat mare Encore, a daughter of Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) heroine Cash Run. He worked the co-fastest 1/8th at Friday's preview show, zipping home in :9 3/4. The colt is scheduled to race in Japan where Macho Uno's son Danon Legend, a 2012 Barretts 2YO sale grad, is a graded stakes winner. 

 

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02.22.2015

Unbeaten Adena Springs-Bred Khozan a Major Classics Contender

A bumped start barely fazed heavily-favored Khozan in his second straight romp at Gulfstream......

A bumped start barely fazed heavily-favored Khozan in his second straight romp at Gulfstream Park.

After an easy seven-furlong maiden special weight victory in his debut Jan. 24, the colt, purchased for $1 million by Al Shaqab Racing, impressed again Feb. 22 with a 12 3/4-length win in a one-turn-mile optional claiming event on a fast track. (WATCH RACE)

The Adena Springs-bred, raised and sold 3-year-old son of Distorted Humor will surely garner plenty of Triple Crown buzz after beating the only other Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I)-nominated colt in the race, Big Family, by such a significant margin.

"It was another very impressive performance," trainer Todd Pletcher said. "It was what we were hoping for, but we were glad to see it all the same. He got a little bit of an education today and did some things he didn't do in his debut."

Pletcher also said the colt, a half brother to champion Royal Delta, will likely head to the Besilu Stables Florida Derby (gr. I) March 28 next time out.

"We'll discuss it, but I think the logical next race would probably be the Florida Derby," Pletcher said. "He's two-for-two over the track and he has trained well here. He has run well over the track, so we'll talk about it and see."

Khozan is out of the A.P. Indy mare Delta Princess and was purchased at the Fasig-Tipton Florida selected 2-year-olds in training sale last February when consigned by Hartley/De Renzo Thoroughbreds, which had pin-hooked him for $350,000 from the Adena Springs consignment at the 2013 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling sale.

After the bumped start, Khozan spent the first half-mile off the pace Sunday, as leader Bluegrass Luck opened up fractions of :23.51 and :46.57, then moved up to take a clear lead at the quarter pole. Khozan covered the six furlongs in 1:11.57.

The Pletcher trainee then drew off under a hand ride from jockey Javier Castellano in the stretch and finished the mile in 1:38.07. The colt paid $2.10 to win, place, and show. Big Family, second by almost 13 lengths, paid $3 and $2.40.

"The way he did it today was so easy," Castellano said. "My strategy today was not to rush him and let him have a chance to pick it up, because today was a mile race. He reacted so good behind horses. He took dirt in his face and didn't mind at all.
"He put himself in a good spot. I saved all the ground and cut the corner. I really liked the way he did it today. He's a brilliant horse."

-edited from www.bloodhorse.com

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