Annals of Time’s Keeneland buyer can ‘play at the top'

November 12, 2019 01:30pm

As male horses of racing age mix into this week’s Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale sessions, buyers will be afforded the opportunity to purchase prospects with stallion potential, such as the 2-year-old Czechmight, a maiden special weight winner who ELiTE Sales’ Brad Weisbord called “our best offering over everybody.”

ELiTE will also consign a horse that arguably already has the credentials to stand at stud in 6-year-old Annals of Time, who won Saratoga’s Sword Dancer (G1) in his most-recent start. Heading to the ring as the partnership of Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence dissolves, Annals of Time missed a shot at the Breeders’ Cup due to an ankle chip.

The son of Temple City, who also won the Hollywood Derby (G1) at age 3 in 2016, has “vetted clean” before selling Wednesday as Hip 3136, Weisbord said.

“The horse is pretty much cleared to go back into full training,” he added. “The surgery site looks good.”



Klaravich Stables’ Seth Klarman will continue to campaign horses as usual, while Lawrence said he’s looking to back off his time spent in the game. The two closed with a bang this year, winning the Breeders’ Cup Turf — and, likely, Horse of the Year — with Bricks and Mortar.

That horse’s story is well-documented, of course, with injuries requiring significant time off until he got right. Annals of Time is similarly lightly raced having won 5 of 8 starts.

“The only downer is that he’s 6 years old,” Weisbord said. “People have to look at this thing with a little bit of rose-colored glasses.”

ELiTE has in recent years, however, sold 5-year-old Next Shares ($190,000) and 6-year-old Long on Value ($100,000). Both went on to win Grade 1 races in their next seasons.

Weisbord, whose racing interests include multiple owners working with trainer Chad Brown, suggested that had Annals of Time remained healthy into the fall, he may have run in the Breeders’ Cup Turf, leaving Bricks and Mortar in the Mile as Brown originally suggested.

“This is a chance to buy a horse that’s the best at his trade in the country,” Weisbord said. “He’s a chance to play at the top of the game.”

Other intriguing offerings this week at Keeneland include Catapult (Hip 3144), a consistent graded stakes starter on the west coast, and Sporting Chance (Hip 4546), who won the Hopeful Stakes (G1) at Saratoga as a 2-year-old. WinStar Farm is also parting with some of its graded stakes winners, including American Anthem (Hip 3135) and New York Central (Hip 3089).

Keeneland’s sale runs through Sunday.

 

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