The North American breeding season is winding down to its final weeks of 2019, but the first crop of Spendthrift Farm's Lord Nelson are just starting on their own journeys to grow themselves and the reputation of their sire.
Not only has the population of Lord Nelson's foals continued to grow as spring turns into summer, the foals themselves have begun to grow as well, adding some muscle to their frames as they continue to develop and explore the bounds of their fields.
This edition's trio of First Crop Snapshot foals will likely be pointed toward the auction ring within the next year and a half, meaning they'll have a hand in shaping Lord Nelson's commercial reputation in that crucial first circuit of weanling, yearling, and 2-year-old sales. How foals like these are received by buyers could influence the quality of future mares for their sire and set economic momentum in the sale ring for the future crops that follow them.
Back at Spendthrift Farm, general manager Ned Toffey said Lord Nelson has handled his second season at stud admirably following the setbacks of laminitis and infection that stalled the beginning of his stallion career. With another breeding season nearly under his belt, Lord Nelson continues to get stronger.
“I'd say he's similar to last year, but everything's just a bit better,” he said. “The laminitis is another year farther behind him. We've been able to breed a few more mares to him, and physically, with regards to his feet, he's been able to handle it really well. He continues to live on a very normal routine, and he's been able to handle a little bit bigger workload this year. He just continues to thrive.”
Lord Nelson stands at Spendthrift Farm in Lexington, Ky., for an advertised fee of $25,000.
Colt out of Virtuously, by Congrats
Born March 25
Bred by Moreau Bloodstock, Nicholasville, Ky.
What do you think of the colt so far?
Xavier Moreau, Moreau Bloodstock: “I've really liked him since he was born, and he's gotten better and better, too. He is very balanced – the dam is a little long in the back – correct with a beautiful head and neck. He's very chiseled, with all veins, tendons and muscles showing very well. He moves very smoothly with his strong hips and shoulder.”
Do you see more of the sire or dam in the foal?
Moreau: “He really looks a lot like the sire. He's chestnut like him, where the dam is bay, and he's an interesting cross, too, as his two grandsires are closely related: Pulpit and Congrats (both sons of A.P. Indy).”
How is the colt to be around?
Moreau: “I'm very impressed with his attitude. He was never shy, very bold. He comes to everybody with no hesitation. I play with him in the evenings after work, and he makes me smile. I couldn't be happier with him and I'm a tough judge and can be too critical sometimes, but I don't get tired of looking at him.”
Will he be kept to race or sold?
Moreau: “I'll probably sell him as a yearling. That's what I do, but i'll miss him when he'll leave.”
Colt out of Love to Score, by Even the Score
Born March 15
Bred and boarded by Cove Springs Farm, Versailles, Ky.
What are your impressions of the colt so far?
Richard Snyder, Cove Springs Farm: “He's a big, strong colt with a lot of leg. His mother's from the Unbridled's Song line, and she's not short by any means – she's not a big, tall, rangy mare, but this colt is. He's correct with good bone.”
Was the length something you were looking to get from breeding Love to Score to Lord Nelson?
Snyder: “Not really. That wasn't my focus point. She's a stakes-winning mare going short on the grass, and with the Pulpit in Lord Nelson being fast, I just thought we'd get a good, fast athlete, and something I thought would be marketable. We sure got that, I think.”
What are the long-term plans for this one?
Snyder: “We'll sell him. It's possible we could go into November.”
How is the colt to be around?
Snyder: “His mother's not the friendliest. She can be a little bit tough, and he's kind of got her demeanor. He's not ugly or mean, he's got a lot of confidence, and he's his own man. He's strong-willed.”
Filly out of Anahauc, by Henny Hughes
Born April 10
Bred and boarded by Spendthrift Farm, Lexington, Ky.
What do you think of the filly so far?
Ned Toffey, Spendthrift Farm: “She's just a superstar of a foal. She's got great bone, she's really strong, well-muscled, and very athletic-looking. She's also got a great mind. We couldn't be happier with her.”
Anahauc did a little bit of everything, earning stakes placings in sprint and route races. How did you see that pairing with Lord Nelson?
Toffey: “I think as much as anything, it looks good on paper, and physically, they just complement each other really well. You do those matings and try to put them together physically and hope your intuition is right. Good mares and stallions will make you feel like you did something right. This foal makes us feel like we did something right.”
What are the plans for her?
Toffey: “I'd say at this point, she'll most likely be in a yearling sale next summer.”
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