Photo: Courtesy of Barretts
It's hard to imagine horses celebrating
Valentine's Day. Their romantic interactions are planned by outside
interests, there are no “dinner and a movie”-type nights, and
there are plenty of single moms entrusted to do all the work in
raising their young babies.
Why bring this up now? Well, as we
humans celebrate that special someone in our lives, the folks at
Barretts Racing in Pomona are preparing for next month's Select
2-Year-Old sale, which is scheduled for March 3rd. 141 2-year-olds will be sold, and plenty have pedigrees to drool over.
If you're interested in checking out
the entire catalog, you can do so here. In this space, I'll give a
quick look at several horses whose lineages jumped off the page.
Hip No. 44: This colt is by War Front,
one of the top young sires in the world, and out of a Tapit mare.
That dam, Remember the Keg, is a half to three stakes-winners,
including Grade 1 winner C.S. Silk.
Hip No. 48: Malibu Moon emerged as a
sire after Orb won the 2013 Kentucky Derby. This colt, out of a
Distorted Humor mare, has an exceptional female family. His third dam
also produced champion Johannesburg, and the fourth dam's offspring
include European champion Minardi, standout sire Tale of the Cat, and
the dam of multiple graded stakes-winner Fed Biz.
Hip No. 66: Quality Road was one of the
speediest horses of the last 10 years, and he could carry it two
turns from time to time. 2014 will see his first 2-year-olds hit the
track, including, possibly, this one. The bottom-side pedigree is
stellar. She's out of a Tiznow mare, and her third dam, Satin
Sunrise, was the dam of multiple Grade 1-winner Lion Heart.
Awesome Diamond (Hip No. 77): Want a
distance pedigree? How does, “by Galileo, out of Adoration,”
sound? Galileo has sired nine champions, while Adoration banked more
than $2 million in a fantastic career that included a Breeders' Cup
Distaff triumph. Additionally, Awesome Diamond is a full sister to a
three-time winner in Japan.
Hip No. 84: Midnight Lute has gotten
off to a sharp start at stud. Here, he got a quality mare in Awesome
Surprise. Awesome Surprise is a full sister to Breeders' Cup Juvenile
winner Wilko, and this 2-year-old filly's pedigree also traces back
to fourth dam Contrail, a half to a champion and a pretty
accomplished broodmare in her own right.
Hip No. 93: The first of two Street Cry
babies I'll profile here, this one is out of Alabama winner Careless
Jewel and is her first foal. Simply put, this pedigree oozes stamina.
Hip No. 105: This is the second Street
Cry, and this colt is out of the Dixieland Band mare Dixie Holiday.
Dixie Holiday has produced eight winners, including stakes-winning
mare Holiday Runner, who produced Grade 1 winners Seventh Street and
Hip No. 122: We'll close with this one,
an Elusive Quality colt out of the Tale of the Cat mare Goodbye Cat.
This is the dam's first foal, but there's plenty of reason to be
excited. Goodbye Cat is a half to three stakes winners, including
multiple graded-stakes hero Commitisize.