The post following appeared earlier this week in the Paulick Report Special print edition.
The lists of weanlings by their sires in the Keeneland November sale Book 1 reads like a list of who’s hot. Leading sires Malibu Moon, Speightstown, Tapit, and Giant’s Causeway figure prominently, as well as several others.
But of equal or greater interest is which of the new sires with first-crop weanlings is prominent on the lists. Here we examine Uncle Mo, champion juvenile colt of 2010 who has nine foals from his first crop in Book 1.
The weanlings are Hips 25, 132, 143, 155, 160, 227, 278 332, and 361. They are well placed with five on the first day of selling, four on the second. None is closer to the beginning of a session than Hip 25; none are at the very end.
So if these young athletes pass the test of the buyers and the inspectors, Uncle Mo should be the leading freshman sire by weanling average with the usual qualifiers.
A big, robust, and surprisingly precocious horse for his size, Uncle Mo has grown into an absolute tank as a stallion, and there is little doubt that some of his offspring will be quite sizable. Although some might quibble with that, there is no question that size sells. Buyers do not want the possibility of blue sky when they look at a young prospect. They want the blue sky of endless hopes to be right in front of them.
As buyers parse the catalog for nuggets, certain qualities attract different lookers at the sales. So, it is notable that some of the youngsters by Uncle Mo share commonalities. Hips 25 and 143 are out of stakes-placed mares, which would suggest added athleticism and constitution from the dams. Some of the mares are by stallions that would not be considered overly large, like Dixieland Band or Silver Deputy or Saint Ballado. Athletic, sound-performing, mid-sized stock should help Uncle Mo breed constructively toward the breed norms and have a better chance of passing on his mountain of talent.
Among the most interesting pedigrees from the group of nine foals by Uncle Mo are Hips 160 and 227. The former sells on the first day and is a filly out of the Dixieland Band mare I’m From Dixie. This is the second foal of the mare, who is a half-sister to four stakes winners, including G2 winner Sweet Vendetta (by Stephen Got Even). That the family has worked with a big stallion like Stephen Got Even may indicate better potential for this mating.
She sells from the consignment of Hunter Valley Farm, agent, and is a Kentucky bred.
Hip 227 is a colt and is a March foal, like the filly above. The colt is the first foal of the winning Forestry mare Seeking Gabrielle. Her dam is stakes winner Seeking Regina (Seeking the Gold) and produced G3 stakes winner Seeking the Sky (dam of this year’s Met Mile winner Sahara Sky), along with three stakes-placed racers.
Note on the sales results indicating hip, price, and buyer: Hip 25 (out); 132 (out); 143 $140,000 Woods Edge Farm; 155 $220,000 Maverick Racing; 160 $80,000 Sam Crawford; Book 2 Hip 227 $180,000 Madison Farm; 278 $110,000 Rosemont Farm; 332 $190,000 Bare Stables; 361 (out).