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Toasting with Andrew Champagne

Previewing The 2014 Barretts Select 2-Year-Old Sale

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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 Reynaldothewizard.

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.


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The unbeaten 3YO Exit Stage Left came out of this sale last year. He sold for $100,000 and he is a NJ-bred.
I'll meet you out there, Andrew ... I'm bringing my checkbook ;-)

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Meet Andrew Champagne


A native of upstate New York and a graduate of Ithaca College, Andrew Champagne fell in love with horse racing at a very early age on summer trips to Saratoga. His turf writing credits include time spent as a sportswriter, weekly columnist, and handicapper at The Saratogian, a summer working for The Saratoga Special, and "field research" at OTB facilities in Saratoga Springs and his hometown of Kingston. He also spent two years in the athletic communications office at Siena College, and interned with NBC Olympics at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver.

Andrew moved to Pasadena, Calif., in October of 2013, and now serves as an Associate Producer in HRTV's Digital Media department and Horse Racing Nation's Southern California writer. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewChampagne, and email him at andrewdchampagne@gmail.com.

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