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Over the past couple of years, young mares with a single knock on them have been going begging at the sales, bringing next to nothing. Older mares with a knock frequently have brought nothing: “no bid” or “RNA $1,000,” which is the minimum hammer price at Kentucky auctions.

The dam of Bellamy Star, winner of the Xtra Heat Stakes at Belmont Park on Sunday, ran through the ring at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s sale in January 2009 and brought $7,500 from Jose Uzcategui and is now a broodmare in Venezuela. The sales catalog listed the mare as in foal to Trippi on a June 11 cover, but that is surely inaccurate. Most mares are given a final pregnancy check shortly before sales time, and some inevitably turn up empty.

As a barren mares, she would have been more interesting to a breeder from the Southern Hemisphere, where a May foal would be virtually unraceable for a long time and would prevent the mare from being bred back on the correct time schedule until 2011.

But now Swift Star is the dam of a nice New York stakes winner, who is the sixth SW by the talented young stallion Bellamy Road, winner of the Wood Memorial and an emerging force as a sire of two-turn stock with class.

A tall and rangy horse, Bellamy Road is a proper type-to-type mate for a mare by turf star Theatrical, also a force for quality at a distance of ground. Bellamy Road also has succeeded notably for Bellamy Star’s owner-breeder Kinsman Farm where the first two mates for Swift Star did not.

The mare’s produce record through 2011, per JC records, is below:

1st Dam: Swift Star, b, 2001. Bred by Kinsman Farm (KY). Raced 2 yrs in NA, 2 sts, 0 wins, $1,496. ($7,500, 2009, obsjan, brdmr)

2006: Free Light, ch f, by Crown Delite. Raced 4 yrs in NA, 24 sts, 3 wins, $42,096 (ssi = 0.63).
2007: Ostinato, ch c, by Concerto. Raced 1 yr in NA, 1 st, 0 wins, $150.
2008: BELLAMY STAR.
At 3: Won Xtra Heat S.

Broodmare sire: THEATRICAL (IRE), b, 1982. Sire of 351 dams of 1509 foals, 1034 rnrs (69%), 661 wnrs (44%), 138 2yo wnrs (9%), 57 sw (4%).

2nd Dam: Rivermorn, ch, 1992. Bred by Gallaghers Stud (NY). Raced 1 yr in NA, 2 sts, 0 wins, $420. ($475,000, 1999, keenov, brdmr; $8,500, 2007, obsjan, brdmr) Dam of QUIET RULER (g, Woodman. $399,698, Won Mohawk Handicap (R) twice).

It is also interesting that this filly, whose dam and granddam have sold rather cheaply in the past few years, won the Xtra Heat Stakes. Xtra Heat, champion racer and the earner of several million ($2.1), sold three times at public auction: $9,100 at Keeneland November as a weanling, $4,700 at OBS August as a yearling, and $5,000 at Fasig-Tipton Midlantic’s May sale of 2yos in training. [The mare also went RNA at the FT Kentucky November sale as a broodmare prospect but was sold privately shortly thereafter for seven figures.]

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