In assessing this week’s Ocala Breeders Sales Company’s auction of 2yos in training, the two pristine individuals – a colt by Flatter and a filly by Bernardini – topped their categories emphatically.
They should have. They were sterling individuals who worked very fast, showed no holes when examined back at the barns, and had the presence and quality to inspire buyers to think they might have found the “one.”
Maybe they did.
Buyers and fans would have to look hard to find more beautiful or more perfectly prepared specimens of the young racehorse than this pair.
It is hard to imagine a sweeter filly than the Bernardini. A really big young athlete standing nearly 16.2 hands, Sweet Dreams is a scopy individual with plenty of quality. She was still narrow and somewhat lightly furnished but nonetheless went a furlong in 10 2/5. Even more important, she did it so smoothly and efficiently that all the BreezeFig observers were all over her.
The filly showed a 25 foot stride in her work, more than a foot and a half longer than the average. Now that is the material to use in winning some races. Consigned by Niall Brennan for breeder Peter Blum, Sweet Dreams has a pleasing balance of Bernardini’s qualities mixed with those of her broodmare sire Unbridled.
So, is she the next Zenyatta? Time will tell.
The leading colt and overall sale topper in price was the Flatter colt, hip 265, from the consignment of Eisaman Equine. After flaming through a quarter-mile work in :20 3/5, there were no secrets about this colt. He was a pure runner, and he looked the part too. One of the best-looking offspring of his sire Flatter (a full brother to last year’s leading freshman sire Congrats), Hip 265 stood 16.1 hands, with a very strong hip and beautifully shaped hindleg.
The colt showed the immediate development and physical quality to attract all the bidders at a 2yo sale, and he worked out as a great coup for all concerned.
Best of luck to them all.