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This is the 18th in a series of notes and impressions about the new stallions in Kentucky for 2009. The horses will be reviewed alphabetically.
Salute the Sarge (2005 bay by Forest Wildcat out of Dixie Ghost, by Silver Ghost)
Stands at Walmac International for $7,500 live foal
A good-bodied horse of average size, Salute the Sarge was a very good 2-year-old in 2007 when he won the Best Pal and Hollywood Juvenile Championship and ran second twice, the Norfolk and Del Mar Futurity (both G1).
Although he won the San Miguel in his first start at 3, the colt did not train on successfully and retired to stud at 4.
He has good bone and well-defined tendons. A horse with good length, Salute the Sarge has a good hind leg, and his strength behind is evident in a well-developed gaskin measuring 20 inches.
Salute the Sarge is typical of much of the stock by his sire, Forest Wildcat. They are typey, muscular, and quick. Salute the Sarge possessed notably better than average class and soundness.
Out of the high-class producer Dixie Ghost, Salute the Sarge is a half-brother to Chelokee, who also entered stud in 2009. Salute the Sarge was a $300,000 purchase as a 2-year-old in training, and he was a model of the type for being tough, quick, and early.
Seeking the Dia (2001 bay by Storm Cat out of Seeking the Pearl, by Seeking the Gold)
Stands at Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm for $10,000 live foal
What is “Seeking the Dia”? The first impediment for this horse is his name, not some perceived flaw of pedigree or conformation. The American-bred horse was Japanese-raced, where he earned a boatload of yen but did not earn the kind of recognition that would have sent him to stud in the ultra-competitive Japanese breeding market.
That was mostly because his best racing – and the majority of it – came over the dirt courses of Japan, which are considered decidedly second-tier by the Japanese. But the horses compete for very good money, with Seeking the Dia earning more than $5 million for his repeated efforts.
A sound and reliable animal who traveled the world and won seven of 30 starts, Seeking the Dia is out of the outstanding international performer Seeking the Pearl (by Seeking the Gold).
Seeking the Pearl was a game and highly talented racer who won eight of 21 starts. The bay mare was a good traveler, also, and included among her victories was a success in the G1 Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville in France.
Seeking the Dia was the mare’s first foal, and he is her best performer. Overall, Seeking the Dia owes a great deal of his type and proportions to his dam and broodmare sire and shows a pleasing balance.
Sightseeing (2004 bay by Pulpit out of Resort, by Pleasant Colony)
Stands at Richland Hills for $7,500 live foal
Sightseeing is out of the good mare Resort, who possessed the class to run second in the G1 Coaching Club American Oaks but did not win a stakes.
Even mated to Pulpit, Resort did not produce a precocious-looking type, as Sightseeing is a really big horse cast in the type of the Pleasant Colony stock. That is not bad.
Sightseeing is a rangy, good-boned, and durable-looking animal who showed enough speed and class to win the Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont and who finished a good second to Nobiz Like Shobiz in the Wood Memorial.
A horse who stands nearly 17 hands, Sightseeing has a prominent wither that makes him look even taller. He stands over a lot of ground, is somewhat leggy and angular, and has immense scope.
He has an outstanding length of hip, which he truly needed to propel his large frame at high speed, and is actually one of the more mechanically gifted individuals in this crop of young stallions.
Although taller and rangier than his popular sire, Sightseeing possesses many of the best qualities of Pulpit, although notably sized up. If mated with conscious intent, he may offer some pleasant surprises for diligent breeders.