This is the 19th in a series of notes and impressions about the new stallions in Kentucky for 2009. The horses will be reviewed alphabetically.
Spring at Last (2003 bay by Silver Deputy out of Winter’s Gone, by Dynaformer)
Stands at WinStar Farm for $15,000.
Spring at Last is an intriguing horse from many standpoints. Not only did he possess high class and speed, but he also combines some unusual physical elements.
For one, his sire, Silver Deputy, is a powerful factor in pedigrees for speed, precocity, refinement, and balance. Silver Deputy is also a medium-sized and neatly made horse who is compatible with an extraordinary range of mares.
One the other hand, Dynafomer, broodmare sire of Spring at Last, is a rangy and coarse animal of great stature and substance who looks as if he were pieced together from a couple of different horses. But he is also a first-class sire who gets classic horses that mature well and stay very well and yet sometimes have unexpected speed, as was the case with Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro.
And one of the more intriguing things about Spring at Last is that he raced more like a Dynaformer than a Silver Deputy, getting better with maturity and showing quite reasonable stamina. And in physical type, Spring at Last strikes me as Dynaformer refined and resized by Silver Deputy.
This is not the usual result when mating two dissimilar types, but in the case of Spring at Last, the result was one that kept the best qualities of each type and produced a pleasing result in a talented racehorse.