This is hip#677 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 Kentucky-bred, and soon to be Virginia-certified The Factor filly has a lovely conformation (see notes below on conformation).
The horse vetted cleanly at the auction and is already at the Middleburg Training Center in Virginia.
Notes on conformation at the sale from Director of Racing Operations, Adam Parker:
This grey filly required a little closer look than many of the youngsters we previewed. She has a wonderful, athletic appeal that we knew she would carry throughout the maturing process, although appearing a bit “lean” for the sale. Her bone structure and incredible stride length at the walk were very highly scored. Her top line and length of neck lend to her elegant stature. She is lithe while still immature. A real diamond in the making and a no-brainer at this price. A wonderful find.
NOTE on PRICING:
Per our program, the horse was purchased for $13,000 and gets the apportioned part of the sales expenses ($1,250) to reach the offering price of $14,250.
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 677 is a lovely filly by The Factor, out of the Pulpit mare, Valentine. The Factor was a multiple Grade 1 winner as a 3yo, taking both the G1 Malibu and the G1 Pat O'Brien in his sophomore year. He was also a three-time Grade 2 winner, with victories in the G2 Rebel, G2 San Vicente, and G2 San Carlos at ages 3 and 4. In total, The Factor earned $922,180 on the racetrack before being retired to stud at Lane's End. He is responsible for siring G1 winner Cistron, the most accomplished sprinter on the West Coast this year with wins in the G1 Bing Crosby, the G2 Kona Gold, and close seconds in the G2 Triple Bend and G2 San Simeon, with current earnings of over $700,000. The Factor is well-known for siring winners adept on both dirt and turf, as well as both sprinters and routers.
Valentine was an unraced daughter of Pulpit, himself by the breed-shaping super sire, A.P. Indy. Pulpit has 59 stakes winners as a broodmare sire, with over $7.5 million in 2019 progeny earnings as a broodmare sire. Hip 677 is her second foal. Her first foal, a 2yo named Lecumberri by Jimmy Creed, has not yet started. She has a weanling colt by Declaration of War and was bred this year to Cloud Computing for a 2020 foal.
Hip 677's second dam, Solar Colony, a multiple winning daughter of Pleasant Colony. She is a full sister to three graded stakes winners in G1 winner Pleasant Stage, who was crowned champion 2yo filly, as well as G2 winner Colonial Play, and G3 winner Stage Colony. Solar Colony is the dam of 5 winners, including stakes winner Reform Act, by Lemon Drop Kid, and Soul Search, by A.P. Indy, who was multiple Grade 1 stakes-placed. Some of her other progeny that brought high prices at the sales include: Winter Solstice ($900k as a yearling), Solar Dance ($400k as a yearling), Lady Ballavale ($475k as a yearling), and Dark Colony ($100k as a yearling).
Reform Act was exported to Ireland after selling for $130k as a yearling and won the Irish Stallion Farms E.B.F. Give Thanks Stakes at Cork. As a 3yo, she actually briefly returned to the United States for a start in the G2 Long Island Handicap (12F on turf), in which she finished 3rd. In 15 career starts, she earned over $148,000. She won 3 of those races and hit the board in 7 starts, which included stakes placings in three stakes races, in addition to those previously mentioned.
Soul Search sold for $225k as a yearling. In her career, she made 21 starts between ages 3 and 5 to earn over $339,000 in purses. She broke her maiden by almost 5 lengths at Fair Grounds, going 8.5F on dirt at the maiden special weight level and was later Grade 1 placed at 10F on dirt and 9F on synthetic. As a 4yo, she finished 2nd in the G1 Juddmonte Spinster Stakes at Keeneland and was 3rd in the G1 Personal Ensign Stakes at Saratoga.
Solar Colony is the granddam of four stakes winners through her daughters Soul Search, Lunar Colony, and Winter Solstice. Soul Search is the dam of G3 winner Journey Home, by War Front, who was also placed in multiple other graded stakes and earned just shy of $226,000 on the track. Lunar Colony, a winner in England by A.P. Indy, is the dam of multiple stakes winner Lunar Victory, by Speightstown, who earned over $446,000 in her career. She is also the dam of The Tea Cups, another multiple stakes winner by Hard Spun, who earned over $379,000 on the track. Winter Solstice, an unplaced daughter of Unbridled, has produced multiple stakes winner Zayda, by Bluegrass Cat.
The mating that produced this filly is rated an A++ on TrueNicks, based on the cross of The Factor with daughters of Pulpit and his progeny. From just 12 starters, this breeding pattern has already produced 2 stakes winners (one each on dirt and turf), or 17%. Horses produced on this cross have proven successful on dirt, turf, and synthetic, with no obvious preference for a particular surface.
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