It was no surprise when Hip 311 brought the hammer down to $1.8 million to top the second session of Book 1 on September 13 at Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale. Acquired by Dana Bernhard of Lynnhaven Racing, the Taylor Made Sales-consigned Constitution the colt has bloodlines that scream talent.
Bred by China Horse Club in Kentucky, the colt came out Grade 1 winner empire builder Mare Last full measurement who ended up in the circle of winners at Keeneland after the 2013 Madison Stakes (G1).
Foal shares dam with Grade 1 winner Valor who won the 2020 Juddmonte Spinster Stakes (G1) and was a Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) runner-up later that year.
“It was very special,” said Michael Smith, regional manager of the China Horse Club. “It’s very difficult to breed a horse like that who has a pedigree like that and looks like that and has the temperament he has. I hope he’s a champion for his relationships.”
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The colt’s second dam, Lazy Slusan, was also an impressive racer earning over $1,000,000 over a five-year career, including victories in the Santa Margarita Handicap (G1) and Milady Breeders’ Cup Handicap (G1) , both in 2001.
“(The Prize) is amazing, fantastic… It has so much quality and presence,” Smith said. “He is closely tied to Valiance. WinStar groomed him. We thought he was a horse that could achieve (a big prize) but he exceeded our expectations.”
Lynnhaven agent Matt Weinmann said that in addition to the foal’s pedigree, equine analysis was an integral part of his selection process.
“Basically, what attracts us to any horse is its physiology. We measure physiology with data and statistics. That’s what draws us to any horse. These horses have the best statistical probability of succeeding, and that’s what we’re looking for.
Weinmann said he believes the individuals who make up his team give him a greater chance of buying a yearling that will qualify.
“All you can do is surround yourself with the best team and the best people possible. My equine analysis team, Dr. Lambert and I have assembled what we think is the best team of people. We have the best information we can get. , and you take your best shot. It gives you the confidence to take a great swing like this.
Mark Taylor, managing director of Taylor Made, said the colt was special from the start.
“We had seen this colt at WinStar Farm a few times before the sale. As soon as we saw him, we thought he was one of the best Constitutions we had ever seen,” Taylor said.
“The blood is there and it looked like a Derby horse. Lots of presence, great walking, lots of substance, very strong. We’re just lucky to have him, and congratulations to the China Horse Club. They’ve bred a beautiful horse I think Constitution is a fair riding stallion he is on his way to the top (this colt) was a great representation of the stallion he brought in a lot of money and he deserved it too he is a beautiful horse.”
Bernhard’s only other purchase on Tuesday was Hip 320, a $450,000 Constitution colt consigned from Stone Farm for breeder Bobby Flay.
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