Some mares do not have an easy time adjusting from racing to breeding. A handful never do.
For whatever reason, Chasetheragingwind, the dam of unbeaten G1 winner Here Comes Ben (by Street Cry), was a slow starter as a broodmare. The foal of 1995 didn’t produce her first foal till she was 9. Here Comes Ben became her second two years later.
She missed the year after the Forego Handicap winner, but now has produced three in a row.
The 2yo is a filly by Indian Charlie, the yearling is a colt by Songandaprayer, and the weanling is another colt by Henrythenavigator.
The sire of the mare’s first foal was Favorite Trick, who seemed like a reasonable choice for a mare who was not getting the bit of becoming a broodmare. But Chasetheragingwind got a very useful filly by him in Leave a Message, who won two of three starts.
Her foals have since been by good or better sires, and this mare is yet another example of the benefits a homebreeder has over one who buys yearlings and 2yos in training. The homebreeder can select the mates more perfectly to suit the mare, evaluate the results, and proceed accordingly.
Chasetheragingwind has certainly come through well for owner-breeders Brandon and Marianne Chase, who board the mare at Clovelly Farm outside Lexington and have the mare’s best foal (Here Comes Ben) in training with Charlie Lopresti at Keeneland.