Lord Nelson's debut crop of foals have made it through their first fall mixed sale season, and the numbers have come back largely positive.
With the fall sale season complete for the weanlings of Lord Nelson in the Fasig-Tipton November Sale and Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale, the resident of Spendthrift Farm saw 10 weanlings sell for a combined $548,000 and an average sale price of $54,800, placing him competitively with the other first-crop stallions in his class.
In this edition of First Crop Snapshot, we take a look at three more weanlings who changed hands during this year's fall mixed sale season, speaking to the buyers and sellers about what made them appealing sale prospects.
Colt out of Judy's Fudge, by Sidney's Candy
Born March 7
Bred in New York by Saratoga Glen Farm
Consigned by Vinery Sales, Agent
Offered as Hip 1508
Sold to Empire Thoroughbreds, agent for Kingsport Farm for $95,000
What does this colt bring to the table?
Derek MacKenzie, Vinery Sales: “He's a little different from most of the Lord Nelsons I've seen because he's all black. Most of the ones I've seen are chestnut with a lot of chrome. The mare in that family brings a tendency to be brown or black. He's a good-sized horse, a lot of bone. He's correct. He vets clean, and he's a New York-bred. He ticks all the boxes.”
Have you gotten a look at many other Lord Nelsons?
MacKenzie: “I have seen a few on farms, and I'm very impressed. I've recommended to all my clients to keep using him. He's going into his third year, but I still think you've got to use him because he's getting such good-looking horses, and he was such a good racehorse himself. Being by Pulpit, he's a horse you have to keep using.”
Filly out of Hour Glass, by Petionville
Born March 7
Bred in New York by Sugar Plum Farm
Consigned by South Point Sales
Offered as Hip 23 at Fasig-Tipton November Sale
Sold to Rocky Top Racing & Oakmont for $65,000
What are your impressions of the filly?
Mike Recio, South Point Sales: “We bought this mare last year specifically because we were looking for a mare in foal to Lord Nelson for a client in New York, Robin Malatino, who has War Dancer. We couldn't be any happier with what we got. She's a lovely filly, jet black, great profile, has a lovely walk. She looks like she could be fast but also stretch out and run two turns.”
Why was the weanling sale season the target for this one?
Recio: “When we buy mares for Robin, she likes to sell the foals as weanlings. It cuts down on the risk. The weanling market's extremely strong right now, and being a first-crop sire, people want to see these Lord Nelsons, and this is a great spot to showcase her.”
What do you see in this foal that comes from Lord Nelson?
Recio: “I see the speed. Lord Nelson had a crazy amount of speed, but he's also not a small horse. He could have gone farther. I think some of these Lord Nelsons have a little stretch and he could carry that on a little further.”
Colt out of American Romance, by Successful Appeal
Born April 24
Bred in Kentucky by Seclusive Farm
Consigned by Hill 'n' Dale Sales Agency, agent
Offered as Hip 1755
Sold to Calumet Farm for $80,000
Jak Knelman, Calumet Farm: “We're excited about him. He's going to join our racing stable, and he looks like a fast, athletic mover. His athleticism was there, a good mover, he was just a very balanced horse.
“We'll continue raising him here, and we'll send him off to be broken, and hopefully he becomes a top racing prospect.”
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