“Pretty is as pretty does” and “proof in the pudding” are time-worn bits of wisdom suggesting that results are more important than good looks or good intentions. That wisdom is never truer than when applied to horse racing.
In racing, results are everything. Quite understandably as the first races for 2-year-olds are decided, owners and managers of young stallions like Violence (by Medaglia d’Oro) are hopeful and anxious at the same time.
For owners, for trainers, jockeys, breeders, and all those associated in auxiliary roles, the winning post signifies the measure of success for each. And that’s part of the reason that so much attention is paid to the leading sales of 2-year-olds in training.
The works leading up to the sales aren’t races, but you won’t see a horse being asked for a harder drive of energy to the finish than some coming down the lane with a flaming furlong.
So, success in the sales, such as the Ocala Breeders Sales Company’s April auction held April 25-28, tells us some things; doesn’t tell us others.
One of the final results left hanging is whether young sires who are the repository of great hopes will find success through the medium of their young racers.
Grade 1 winner Violence himself was a star juvenile. Unbeaten in three races in a coast-to-coast campaign, Violence won the Hollywood Futurity in California and the G2 Nashua Stakes at Aqueduct. He was one of the highest-ranked juveniles of his crop, and great things were expected of the tall, dark, and very handsome colt as a 3-year-old.
Unfortunately, Violence’s second season ended after a single start, when he was a hard-fought second in the 2013 Fountain of Youth to eventual Kentucky Derby winner Orb (Malibu Moon).
Retired to stud in 2014, both have their first crops coming through the in-training sales this year, and along with Preakness winner Oxbow (Awesome Again), they represent the 2013 classic crop with a significant number of prospects in their initial crops of racers.
Standing at Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm outside Lexington, Ky., for a $15,000 stud fee, Violence is the leader of this group by number of foals in his first crop with 188, and he already has his first winner.
At Keeneland on April 20, Violence’s gray daughter Buy Sell Hold won by 4 ½ lengths, going 4 ½ furlongs in :51.84.
Violence was big and fast; his offspring are tending toward large and look fast. Therefore, people want to buy them.
From his first crop of yearlings, Violence had 84 sold for an average price of $79,727 and a median of $50,000.
This season, 11 of his 2-year-olds have sold for an average of $167,751 and a median price $100,000. At the OBS sale, the sire had 27 youngsters cataloged (seven outs). From his workers, three went in :10, and a half-dozen more sped a furlong in :10 1/5.
For their size and work speed, the Violence stock are generating interest, and maiden special events across the country will feature their debuts in the coming months.
OBS April results:
|23||10.2||F||Violence||Vindi Princess||Top Line Sales LLC, Agent XII||Richard Perkins||45,000||PS|
|29||out||F||Violence||Walloon||Eddie Woods, Agent XXXVIII||Withdrawn||Out|
|61||10.3||F||Violence||Wonder Lady||Brick City Thoroughbreds, Agent||Michael Dubb, Kim Valerio, Agent||40,000|
|180||out||F||Violence||Blush||SGV Thoroughbreds (Steven Venosa), Agent||Withdrawn||Out|
|232||out||C||Violence||Cat Fighter||Off the Hook LLC, Agent IV||Withdrawn||Out|
|280||out||F||Violence||Coastal Wave||Woodford Thoroughbreds, Agent||Withdrawn||Out|
|377||20.4||C||Violence||Dying to Dance||Top Line Sales LLC, Agent XV||Paul Reddam||225,000|
|404||10.2||F||Violence||Ever Adored||Niall Brennan Stables, Agent III||Mike Ryan, Agent for E 5 Racing||250,000|
|405||21.1||C||Violence||Ever Elusive||Tom McCrocklin, Agent IV||Bradley Thoroughbreds LLC, Agent||225,000|
|423||10.1||C||Violence||Fear This||SGV Thoroughbreds (Steven Venosa), Agent||Saul Berenson||235,000|
|446||out||F||Violence||Fontanne||Mayberry Farm, Agent III||Withdrawn||Out|
|453||10.2||F||Violence||Form Fitting||Excel Racing (Rudy Delguidice), Agent II||Southern Springs Stables||38,000|
|483||21.2||C||Violence||Glengarra||Wavertree Stables, Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), Agent VI||Neal Maharaj||30,000||PS|
|495||out||F||Violence||Gone Bye Bye||Eisaman Equine, Agent||Withdrawn||Out|
|572||10.1||F||Violence||Ididntmeantoo||SGV Thoroughbreds (Steven Venosa), Agent||Eddie Plesa, Agent for Karl & Cathi Glassman||165,000|
|612||10.1||C||Violence||Jenny’s So Great||Sequel Bloodstock, Agent||Nick J. Hines, Agent||142,000|
|701||10.0||C||Violence||Littlebitabling||Excel Racing (Rudy Delguidice), Agent I||Art Sherman||75,000|
|767||10.1||C||Violence||Misgoldy||de Meric Sales, Agent XXV||Gary Contessa, Agent||40,000|
|799||10.0||C||Violence||Mother Ruth||Wavertree Stables, Inc. (Ciaran Dunne), Agent||Sagamore Farm||225,000|
|838||11.0||C||Violence||Northern Vacation||Brick City Thoroughbreds||Jeffrey Englehart||10,000|
|868||10.0||F||Violence||Palomanegra||Eddie Woods, Agent IV||Ben McElroy, Agent||190,000|
|870||22.2||C||Violence||Parchisi||Woodford Thoroughbreds, Agent||JKC & Stu Bloodstock||12,000||PS|
|931||21.3||C||Violence||Queen’s Triomphe||Niall Brennan Stables, Agent I||Spendthrift Farm LLC / Town & Country Racing LLC||280,000|
|946||out||F||Violence||Ready Love||de Meric Sales, Agent XLV||Withdrawn||Out|
|1062||10.1||C||Violence||Sky Hosoya||Blas Perez Stables, Agent I||H & E Ranch||50,000|
|1079||20.3||C||Violence||Something Brewing||Envision Equine, Agent III||Solis / Litt||450,000|
|1165||10.1||F||Violence||The Calypso Myth||Woodford Thoroughbreds, Agent||Narvick International||320,000|