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At the Keeneland January sale, which concluded on Thursday, the first-crop yearlings by Belmont Stakes and Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Drosselmeyer were well received.

Here are my thoughts on the stallion and a couple of his young prospects from earlier this week.

Drosselmeyer (Chestnut horse 2007 by Distorted Humor x Golden Ballet, by Moscow Ballet)

Winner of the Belmont Stakes and the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Drosselmeyer was one of those horses who loved it when the speed horses went out and chewed one another to bits on the front end. Then, Drosselmeyer’s relentless gallop would grind them into the dust, and using that “steady wins the race” approach, the big chestnut son of Distorted Humor won more than $3.7 million.

With that kind of race record and the backing of WinStar Farm, Drosselmeyer has made a serious beginning to his stallion career, covering large books of mares (a total of 251 in his first two seasons) with good credentials. And the results of the stallion’s first matings are now yearlings.

Part of the stallion’s appeal is that he is a high-quality son of leading sire Distorted Humor, who has stood his entire career at WinStar, beginning when the property was Prestonwood Farm. After an inspiring first crop that included Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide, Distorted Humor has shown that he can get precocious juveniles, as well as classic winners, and those qualities in a sire have attracted outstanding broodmares from around the world.

Physically, Drosselmeyer has perhaps a closer resemblance to his high-class dam, G1 winner Golden Ballet. He has quality and good length through the body, and the market has shown the most welcome reception to the foals resembling him because of their balance and athletic appearance.

At the sales last year, a total of 25 weanlings by Drosselmeyer sold for an average of $62,240 and a median price of $50,000.

There are four short yearlings by Drosselmeyer in Book 1 at Keeneland January, with three of them on the second day.

Hip 453 is a bay colt consigned by James Keogh for Milestone Farm. This colt is a half-brother to a pair of stakes winners, and each of the first four dams was a multiple stakes producer. This colt is a foal of February 19. [Secure Investments, which is known as a successful pinhooking operation, purchased this colt for $21,000, and we are likely to see him again, either as a yearling or 2-year-old.]

Another yearling by Drosselmeyer in the January sale is Hip 656, a bay filly consigned by Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services. The filly is out of a More Than Ready mare who has produced three winners to date and is a half-sister to stakes winners Never Wavering (Wavering Monarch) and Quick Rhythm (Cure the Blues). [Template Farm bought this filly for $12,000.]

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