The first wave of weanlings by Spendthrift Farm's Lord Nelson have hit the opening days of trade in the November mixed sale season, and this weekend's sessions bring an even bigger slate of reinforcements.
In a season of notable firsts for a young stallion, Lord Nelson passed another crucial milepost on Thursday when he saw his first weanling to sell for a six-figure hammer price at the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale. This edition of First Crop Snapshot will take a look at that colt, along with two of the youngsters by Lord Nelson who will be on offer Saturday at the Keeneland November sale.
While Lord Nelson's first crop is blazing the trail at this fall's mixed sales, the next generation from the stallion is also available to buyers through the nine mares offered in-foal to the Grade 1-winning son of Pulpit that are cataloged in the marathon sale.
Colt out of Forestry's Magic, by Forestry
Born March 19
Bred in Kentucky by Beryl N. Stokes, Jr.
Consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent
Offered as Hip 616
Sold to Brookstone Farm for $110,000
Archie St. George, signed the ticket: “He's a very simple, straightforward horse who walked well. He's strong, precocious. Lord Nelson was a very good racehorse and hopefully will be a very good sire. Hopefully he was bought right, but we'll find out.
“He will be returned at auction next year. When, I'm not quite sure yet. We'll make our decision in May and go from there, but he's nice enough that hopefully he can go to any sale we feel is the right one.”
Xavier Moreau, Moreau Bloodstock International: “He's always been beautiful. It's hard to bring an April foal to the sale, because for a sale like this, you have to have a very mature-looking weanling, but you can tell he's going to be very tall. He's very racy-looking. He has a lot of leg underneath him, very well-muscled. He's got a good mind. He's acting like a professional. He's been very good at the sale. I'm very impressed by him.”
Colt out of Distorted Beauty, by Invasor
Born April 13
Bred in Kentucky by Milan Kosanovich & Machmer Hall
Consigned by Select Sales, Agent
Offered as Hip 1424
Carrie Brogden, Select Sales: “He's a very, very fast-bodied colt. He's not a super-big horse, but his mother won over $400,000 and she wasn't super-big either. He has great balance and a pretty walk, he's correct and has good vetting. We'll see what happens. He's a mid-April foal and I think he should mature well. He's been received well by the pinhookers, so I think it'll be a fair-market trade.
“We co-bred with Milan Kosanovich. Lord Nelson's big and beautiful and fast, and Distorted Beauty was a complete runner. She wasn't a real big horse, so we wanted to give her some stretch and length, and I think from what we've been seeing, a lot of the Lord Nelsons have been very straightforward.”
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