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Boboman (dark bay horse, 2001, by Kingmambo x Slewvera, by Seattle Slew)

Walmac; $5,000

This horse has a lovely pedigree and is a G1 winner, but in every other respect, standing this horse in Kentucky is as contrarian a choice as possible, especially in the current bloodstock depression.

Boboman raced from 2 through 7 (2003 – 2008), winning four of 17 starts in France and North America. A winner at 2, Boboman did not win a stakes till he was 5 (G1 Hollywood Turf Cup at 12 furlongs). When he was right that season, he was a darned useful racer, winning three of five starts, with two thirds.

But clearly the talented son of Kingmambo encountered some problems because he made only seven starts thereafter, winning nary a race, but running third in the G1 Santa Anita Handicap on synthetic.

Then after being sold privately to a South American group in 2008, Boboman did not race in 2009 and enters stud this year as a 9-year-old. That is about as contrarian a path to “making a stallion” as can be imagined.

The rangy dark bay is a good walker, with pleasing extension, and it is not hard to imagine he really lit up some hopes for the breeders (Wertheimer et Frere), who also raced him. Boboman stands over enough ground, has good bone, is athletic, and has a good shoulder.

He excelled going two turns, and his hindquarter is better suited to providing finishing power after going a distance. He is not a horse with gate speed, nor should he be. He could, however, maintain a good gallop and finish well when he had material he could grip, like turf or synthetic.

For American operations looking to breed two-turn horses with a bent for the European classics, Boboman presents some interesting opportunities, as Kingmambo is already the sire of two successful stallions (Lemon Drop Kid and Kitalpha) who are quite capable turf sires.