Breeder/owner Starsky Weast's relatively small investment in 2011 continues to pay dividends.
Weast, a contractor from Star City, Ark., purchased his foundation broodmare, Copperelle, then 4, for $10,000 at the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale. The Canadian-bred daughter of Elusive Quality was in foal to Oaklawn stakes winner Rockport Harbor and the result was Weast Hill, a multiple Oaklawn stakes winner who dominated Arkansas-breds at his peak in 2015 and 2016 for Weast and trainer Brad Cox.
Copperelle delivered Weast another Oaklawn stakes victory Saturday when Usual Suspect ($54.40) held off Fastanista by a neck in the $100,000 Downthedustyroad for state-bred female sprinters.
“I went to Keeneland about weanlings,” Weast said. “I had never been to the sale. They were way too pricey. I was determined to buy a horse when I was there, so I revamped my strategy and went to a broodmare in foal. I really like Rockport Harbor and I always liked Elusive Quality. There it was with that mare. I bought the mare and came home with her.”
Weast said he sold Copperelle about a month ago to leading Arkansas breeder Bill McDowell, but does have her yearling colt by champion Midshipman.
“I haven't got a name for him, but I do like the way he looks,” Weast said. “I'm planning on keeping him.”
Weast Hill, now co-owned and trained by Shea Stuart, has finished second and third in two starts at the meeting. Overall, Weast Hill has an 8-6-4 record from 26 lifetime starts and earnings of $462,848. Weast Hill was Copperelle's first foal.
Copperelle's second foal, Our Addi Belle, was a Feb. 1 winner for four-time Oaklawn leading owner Danny Caldwell. Our Addi Belle and Usual Suspect are full sisters by Primary Suspect.
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