Among the first-year stallions whose stock was represented at the Fasig-Tipton Florida sale of 2-year-olds in training on Mar. 1, Bodemeister was notable for generating a considerable amount of interest. The striking bay son of Belmont Stakes winner Empire Maker (by Unbridled) was second in both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, making him one of the two classic-placed sons of the now-repatriated sire in Kentucky. The other is Kentucky Derby second Pioneerof the Nile, who became a household name thanks to the exploits of his son, Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.
The reflected glory from the early stud successes by Pioneerof the Nile alone would cause some comment regarding Bodemeister, but right from his days on the racetrack, this scopy colt was a favorite of commercial breeders. And the reason was his speed.
In the Kentucky Derby against the best colts of his crop, Bodemeister set early fractions of :22.32, :45.39, and 1:09.80 on his way to a mile fraction in 1:35.19. That the colt lost by only a length and a half to I’ll Have Another cemented horsemen’s regard for the blaze-faced bay.
The Preakness two weeks later resulted in an even closer second for Bodemeister, but that was the final start of his career on the track. Breeders and racing advisers, however, did not forget the good-looking son of Empire Maker, and they sent some choice mares to him.
In 2013, Bodemeister covered a large book of 174 mares in his first season at stud with WinStar Farm, resulting in 138 foals of 2014. Last year, 110 went through the sales ring, and of those, six are consigned to Fasig-Tipton’s Florida sale. Overall, 80 of the stallion’s first-crop yearlings sold for an average price of $169,806, the highest average yearling price of all freshmen sires. With that level of approval from buyers, breeders, trainers, and advisers, great things are expected of Bodemeister’s 2-year-olds.
Notable among the first offerings cataloged at Fasig-Tipton is Hip 36, a dark bay filly out of the Known Fact mare Love and Marry. The latter has produced eight foals of racing age, all runners, and six winners. These included a pair of stakes-placed horses, most notably the highly talented Riveting Reason (Fusaichi Pegasus), who ran second in the G2 Robert Lewis and was third in both the G1 Norfolk Stakes and G1 Del Mar Futurity.
Another interesting prospect is Hip 154, a gray colt out of the El Prado mare Exceptionally, the dam of six foals of racing age, all runners, and four winners. The most notable is stakes winner Hooligan (Exchange Rate). A good winner herself, Exceptionally is a full sister to stakes winner to Swingin on Ice, winner of the G2 Beaumont Stakes at Keeneland, and these two are half-sisters to stakes winner Queen of the Ice.
From the pedigrees, there is evidence to suggest that the Bodemeister stock should have some versatility for turf, as well as dirt and synthetic. And although speed was the sire’s calling card, the pedigree of the stallion, as well as his mates, indicates that the freshman sire is likely to get racers who can travel at least a mile.
The Fasig-Tipton results for the first juvenile in-training prospects by Bodemeister are below:
36 F LOVE AND MARRY WAVERTREE STABLES INC. (CIARAN DUNNE) AGENT II MCCALMONT BLOODSTOCK $125,000
70 F QUEEN GREELEY CRUPI’S NEW CASTLE FARM NOT SOLD ($190,000)
99 C TAP SOFTLY EDDIE WOODS AGENT III CHARLES SANDFORD $420,000
133 C BLOSSOMED MCKATHAN BROS AGENT MARK CASSE, AGENT $650,000
148 C CLEVERCONVERSATION WAVERTREE STABLES INC. (CIARAN DUNNE) AGENT IX SWYNFORD MANAGEMENT LLC $225,000
154 C EXCEPTIONALLY CRUPI’S NEW CASTLE FARM EDWARD PLESA JR AGENT $250,000
As the results show, five of the six cataloged sold for a gross price of $1,670,000, average of $334,000, and median of $250,000.
Buyers, sellers, consignors, and sales companies will be waiting impatiently for subsequent auction opportunities with the first-crop Bodemeisters. A dozen have been cataloged for the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s March auction, and five more are cataloged for the subsequent Barretts sale of juveniles in training.