This is hip#551 from the OBS yearling sale and part of the 2019-2020 Wasabi Ventures Stables Yearling Supplement.
The target is to race this yearling in the Wasabi Ventures Stables racing program.
This Florida-bred Bahamian Squall filly has a lovely conformation (see notes below on conformation).
The horse vetted cleanly at the auction and is already at the Nelson Jones Training Center in Ocala, Florida.
Notes on conformation at the sale from Director of Racing Operations, Adam Parker:
This filly by freshman sire Bahamian Squall has an immediate eye appeal. She walked fluidly, with a good swinging hip and a 10” overstep. She is compact and solidly built with good bone and solid a joint structure. “She’s the image of her sire” said David Fawkes, who trained Bahamian Squall. With perfect radiographs and a clean endoscopic report, she was great addition to the days purchases.
NOTE on PRICING:
Per our program, the horse was purchased for $6,000 and gets the apportioned part of the sales expenses ($1,250) to reach the offering price of $7,250.
Per program rules, there will be four quarterly charges that are done automatically to a purchasers credit card. Each charge will be for a pre-payment of training fees and will be at the rate of $60/quarter per 1%. These charges actually count in our accounting system as a credit on the side of revenue and will offset any costs on the exit of the horse.
Like our racing program, there will be no on-going expenses and no chance of any other losses beyond these initial charges.
Note on NAMING:
This filly will be named in her 2 YO year. Anyone that is a Club member owner of her will be part of the voting process on her name.
Hip 551 is a lovely filly by Bahamian Squall bred by our very own Adam Parker, bloodstock agent and WVS Director of Equine Operations, and his wife Suzette. This filly is out of the Repent mare, Our Treasure. Bahamian Squall, a son of the breed-shaping stallion Gone West, was a Grade 2 winner of over $582,000 on the track and was 2nd in the G1 Vanderbilt at age 4. He is a freshman sire of 2019 in Florida.
This filly is the first foal out of Our Treasure, a mare by Repent, who himself is by Louis Quatorze. Our Treasure had a colt by Flashback this past spring and is currently in foal to Warrior's Reward for 2020.
Hip 551's second dam is Susie Smile, a daughter of Smile. All 10 of Susie Smile's foals have made starts on the racetrack, which is an impressive achievement for a broodmare. Of those, 6 are winners and 2 are stakes winners, while another is stakes-placed. Two of her foals also sold for $95,000 and $120,000 as yearlings.
Susie Smile's most successful progeny is Straight Faced, by Straight Man, who earned a remarkable $269,800 in only 7 career starts. He won 5 races, 4 of which were stakes races. Not only that, but he actually established a new track record with his victory in the Florida Thoroughbred Charities Stakes. He broke his maiden by 5 lengths going 4.5F on dirt at Calder (now known as Gulfstream Park West) but later won up to 7F and also on synthetic. Upon retirement, he stood stud in Florida.
Susie Smile's other stakes winner is Katy Smiles, who won over $225,000 in purses in 23 starts, with 10 wins and 18 on-the-board finishes. She proved herself to be remarkably consistent from ages 2 to 5 on the track and scored wins in 4 stakes races at Canterbury and Turfway Park. She broke her maiden by over 6 lengths going 5.5F on dirt at the maiden special weight level, although she won at up to 6.5F and dominated in each of her stakes wins by open lengths.
The last of Susie Smile's progeny to earn some form of blacktype was Trippin' Along, by Trippi. She earned over $114,000 in 18 career starts, where won 4 times and hit the board in half of her races. She won on both dirt and turf between 5-6F. She finished a fast-closing 2nd in the Lightning City Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs, where she was steadied on the turn, came into the stretch 7-wide and closed from dead last in a field of 10 in the stretch to just miss out on the win by the barest nose.
The mating that produced this filly is rated an A++ on TrueNicks, based on the cross of Gone West and his progeny and Louis Quatorze and his progeny. This cross seems to be particularly potent for fillies bred on this pattern, as a remarkable 17% of its starters have turned out to be stakes winners, with another 8% that are stakes placed. Additionally, both Straight Faced and Trippin' Along were bred by Adam & Suzette Parker, who have a proven pattern of success with this female family.