Over the past few years, Coolmore put together an interesting group of young stallions at its American facility in Kentucky, Ashford Stud, that included four consecutive champion juvenile colts: Lookin at Lucky, Uncle Mo, Hansen, and Shanghai Bobby.
The payoff on this apparently calculated gamble to collect the most precocious American stock is about to get its first test in the wider world. The first-crop racers by Lookin at Lucky (by Smart Strike) are now at tracks across the country, as well as a choice sampling overseas, and the first yearlings by Uncle Mo (Indian Charlie) are up for sale.
From a first crop of 100 foals in the States, Lookin at Lucky has had 18 starters and nine winners. Among the most recent was a colt named Good Luck Gus who jumped tracks in his maiden special at Saratoga last week, yet nonetheless drew off to win by five and a half lengths at odds-on.
Judging from the sales reception so far, the program at Ashford is going well. At last month’s July sale in Lexington, Fasig-Tipton sold three of the four Uncle Mo yearlings that went through the ring. The high price among them was Hip 60, a colt out of the stakes-placed mare Touch of Splendor, by Charismatic. The colt, a well-grown foal born May 1, sold for $135,000 to Crupi’s New Castle I.
The leading filly in the group was Hip 191, out of the Argentine Group 3 winner Jacky Halo (Southern Halo), and she brought $110,000 from Stoney Lane Farm. The sire’s third yearling in July was another filly who sold for $44,000 post sale to Cary Frommer.
Here at the Saratoga sale, Uncle Mo has a large group of 10 yearlings consigned. Part of Uncle Mo’s appeal to breeders, in addition to precocity and speed, is that he provides a different bloodline than the most common factors in contemporary pedigrees. We see that in the sire’s first yearling at Saratoga, Hip 7, who is the second foal out of a mare by Grand Reward (Storm Cat), with a second dam by Mr. Prospector.
The speed and size of Uncle Mo have attracted a number of breeders, and they must have gotten good results from their mares, judging by the reception of the stallion’s yearlings from the Fasig-Tipton selection committee.
By pedigree, among the most appealing young athletes in the sale is Uncle Mo’s Hip 68. This is a gray filly out of Horns Gray (Pass the Tab), and she is a half-sister to G1 winner Awesome Humor (Distorted Humor), who won the Spinaway Stakes at Saratoga, then finished second a year later in the G1 Alabama Stakes. Their half-sister Surf Club (Ocean Crest) is the dam of four stakes horses, including G1 winner Emcee (Unbridled’s Song), winner of the Forego Stakes at Saratoga, and G3-placed Baffled (Distorted Humor), the dam of this year’s G1 Florida Derby winner Constitution (Tapit).
* The preceding was written for and published in the Paulick Report Special that was distributed at the first session of the Saratoga yearling sale on Monday evening.
The results from the yearlings by Uncle Mo at Saratoga were:
The lots are arranged by hip number, sire, dam, consignor, buyer, and price.
7 C UNCLE MO FLOWERS ATHEFINISH SELECT SALES AGENT DYLAN VENOSA, AGENT $100,000
18 C UNCLE MO GO MILAN GO PARAMOUNT SALES AGENT IX F GALVIN AGT FOR MARC DETAMPEL $160,000
22 F UNCLE MO HEART OF GRACE TAYLOR MADE SALES AGENCY AGENT LXV GARY CONTESSA, AGENT $215,000
68 F UNCLE MO HORNS GRAY VANMETER SALES AGENT IV WOUNDED WARRIOR STABLES $160,000
73 C UNCLE MO SACRED FOREST ROMANS RACING & SALES AGENT NIALL BRENNAN $200,000
76 C UNCLE MO SAUDI PRINCESS FOUR STAR SALES AGENT FOR JSM EQUINE LLC & GREATHOUSE HORSE PROPERTIES LLC CRUPI’S NEW CASTLE FARM I $192,000
90 C UNCLE MO SOUTHERN CHARMER SUMMERFIELD (FRANCIS & BARBARA VANLANGENDONCK) AGENT FOR FIVE OAK FARM ICE WINE STBL & A DUIGNAN $375,000
102 C UNCLE MO TAMWEEL TAYLOR MADE SALES AGENCY AGENT FOR SPENDTHRIFT FARM LLC NOT SOLD ($195,000)
104 F UNCLE MO THERESE FOUR STAR SALES AGENT FOX HILL FARM,TOM MCGREEVY AGT $310,000
163 F UNCLE MO ERICA’S MELODY HILL ‘N’ DALE SALES AGENCY AGENT GLEN HILL FARM $450,000