If you’re anything like me, your virtual stable on Equibase is several tens of horses strong. Sometimes, as I’m adding more and the list grows closer to the 130 range, I realize I’ve started keeping track of incredibly interesting horses. I know a lot of fan favorites have recently been exported out of the country, so perhaps consider some of the ones I’m about to introduce you to as a chance to fall in love again and maybe even discover a new favorite.
First on this list is a beautiful 2YO daughter of Flat Out named Annabelle’s Babe. She was a $15,000 purchased in the 2019 Fasig-Tipton July Horses of Racing Age sale (frequently acronymed as HORA) from the Stuart Morris consignment. She now competes in the colors of Judge Lanier Racing, and has had an interesting career thus far.
In her debut, they chose to unveil her at Keeneland. If you’ve been to the track or ever scanned down the program, you know it’s a salty place to get your start; even more so in April, when many pricey classmates are also starting their careers. Though the field she faced was slim on million-dollar purchases, it has produced some tough fillies who are all outrunning their auction prices.
- Chili Petin: Hammer Price- $32k @ Keeneland September; Earnings to date- $36k
- Biddy Duke: Hammer Price- $40k @ FT HORA; Earnings to date- $96,352
- My Good Girl: Hammer Price- $32k @ FT HORA; Earnings to date- $32,350
- Annabelle’s Babe: Hammer Price- $15k @ FT HORA; Earnings to date- $21,060
- Baytown Babe: Hammer Price- $2k @ Keeneland September; Earnings to date- $18, 017
- Kitty’s Promise: Hammer Price- $1k @ Keeneland September; Earnings to date- $21,896
- Twisted Emotions: Hammer Price- $3k @ Keeneland September; Earnings to date- $25,680
- Nite Brite: Hammer Price- $6.5k @ OBS October; Earnings to date- $56,464
In her victorious effort at Belterra Park (a week after she finished third at Churchill Downs), she almost went wire-to-wire in the effort over a filly who cost $70,000 as a weanling. She had a refresher before returning to the races at Zia Park in New Mexico. She placed third in that effort on December 10.
This is a grey son of Goldencents who initially caught my eye at the Timonium sale. He sold for $30,000 to Michael Trombetta, who is also the trainer, and is a multiple stakes winner already in his young career.
The connections first unveiled him at Parx in a maiden special weight event where he pulled away from the field to win by almost five lengths. Initially, it seemed they were perhaps a bit too high on him, as his showing in the Rosie’s Stakes at Colonial Downs was an abysmal seventh. To be fair though, the winner of this race was Breeders’ Cup champion Four Wheel Drive, a son of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah and the race was run on the grass. It was clearly not his surface and the company was going to be hard to beat no matter where you run that race.
So, they put him on synthetic next in the Mark McDermott Stakes at Presque Isle Downs. In a complete turn around, he stalked the frontrunners and shook loose in the stretch to win by three lengths. They returned to the east coast afterwards and opted to run him in James F. Lewis III Stakes at Laurel Park. Here, he was challenged and battle tested like any good horse eventually will be and prevailed by a nose. He ran his best numbers to date and the replay is shown below.
Newstome has since finished third in the Pennsylvania Nursery Stakes at Parx after dueling the entire way. Since it was run on December 7, I am assuming he is done for the year, but what a career he’s had already. I really hope this one remains sound and runs into his later years. His final earnings tally for 2019 is $174,400. Not a bad year at all.
Initially I liked this little lady more as a breeding prospect than as a racemare, but since she’s been claimed by a myriad of different connections, she’s rattled off a series of very impressive efforts.
To explain my reasoning -as a future broodmare- I see a lot of upside to Fiduciary Values. As a daughter of First Samurai and out of a Mineshaft mare, she’s got a lot of mile and higher genetics in her veins. Her sire isn’t doing all that bad as a broodmare sire: 125 runners from 97 dams with 70 winners, 35 2YO winners, and six stakes winners, all being lead by Ms Locust Point ($675,975) in earnings.
Her dam Lantern has six amed foals and all of them are winners. Found only two and three generations back respectively, Key to the Bridge and Toll Booth make an appearance. I like that, aside from Buckpasser, Lantern is inbreeding free within four generations, and Fiduciary Values will give a lot of flexibility for matings being even farther out. American Pharoah (coincidentally bred on a similar cross to what the FV x AP mating would produce) is an easy leap to make but Mendelssohn begs a look with blue hen Leslie’s Lady on his bottom side, and Uncle Mo is another whose resulting foal would be almost entirely inbreeding free (similar cross to Nyquist on this selection). Granted, anything past the third generation has no impact on the foal, so her pool of suitors isn’t limited by any means.
As a racehorse, she shows up almost every time and really needs an off-day to not hit the board at all. She was a $160,000 purchase as a 2YO-in-training by Klaravich Stable from the Mayberry Farm consignment. Now a 4YO mare, she is showing the best numbers of her life and recently took home top prize at an allowance race at Laurel Park.
Shown above is her half sister by Cinco Charlie at the Fasig-Tipton July Yearling sale. This turning 2YO is also a very interesting prospect to watch once I hash it out with Equibase and figure out why she isn’t listed anywhere. She moved beautifully at the walk and held herself with so much composure when I saw her in July. I immediately took a shine to her and I’m eager to see what she does once the real training starts.
Stay tuned because the next part of this series goes live tomorrow!