Six years ago, a chestnut Pulpit colt entered the ring at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale and hammered to John Fort for $340,000. Fast forward to the fall of 2019 and that chestnut colt's first foals are about to make some noise of their own in the auction ring.
It was a long road for Lord Nelson to get to this point in his stud career – a capstone moment for any Kentucky stallion, but one that can be taken for granted. He missed what would have been his first season at stud after a battle with laminitis turned potentially life-threatening, and he was carefully treated and rehabilitated by the team at Spendthrift Farm and a team of veterinarians to the point where he could cover mares in the winter of 2018. Lord Nelson is still handled with unique care to prevent any kind of relapse, but with two seasons under his belt, the chestnut has thoroughly settled into the stallion's life.
Over the next few installments of First Crop Snapshot, we'll be checking in with the first sons and daughters of Lord Nelson before, during, and after the Kentucky fall mixed sales, speaking to breeders and consignors as the young horses prepare to sell and to buyers after the fall of the hammer.
Lord Nelson has one weanling cataloged for the Fasig-Tipton November Sale, and 19 entered in the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale. This time around, we'll take a look at three of the youngsters pointing toward different books in the Keeneland November sale.
Colt out of New Key, by Majesticperfection
Born March 24
Bred in Kentucky by Fletcher & Carolyn Gray
Consigned by William B. Harrigan, agent
Offered as Hip 2412
We checked in on this colt back in September. How has he come along since then?
Carolyn Gray, breeder: “He's doing very well. He's grown out really nicely. He's really smart. He's been in Kentucky at Bill Harrigan's Miacomet Farm since he was weaned, and they really like him, no complaints. His x-ray and scope were good, so everything's clean there. He's got a little winter coat like all the kids do in Kentucky.
“He's New Key's second foal, and we're really excited for her. He's a really good individual. Mark Toothaker [of Spendthrift Farm] was pretty high on him when he saw him a little while ago, and he wanted to peek at him one more time before the sale, so he'll be out to see him again before too long.
“I think the main thing is he's correct, good-sized, and smart. That's about all you can ask out of a baby. I think he should show himself well, and they think he will at the farm, too.”
Filly out of Nechez Dawn, by Indian Charlie
Born May 9
Bred in Kentucky by John R. Penn
Consigned by Penn Sales
Offered as Hip 38
What was the thought process behind crossing Lord Nelson with Nechez Dawn?
John Penn, breeder: “I was trying to find something sexy to sell from a first-crop sire, to be quite honest. The mare had quite a bit of ability, and I thought it would make a good cross. Being an Indian Charlie mare, you get a good chance at any sort of runner. Gary and Mary West owned her prior to me buying her, and they bred her to their own stallions for four years. She has two Power Brokers and two Flashbacks prior to Lord Nelson.”
What stands out physically about this filly?
John Penn: “She has a big hip and shoulder for a young baby, and a nice topline. She's frankly growing more than I thought she would, so I'm very pleased with her. We'll find out Wednesday how the public perceives her.
“She looks like what a Pulpit descendant should look like, if that makes sense. An added bonus is she vetted well, so we don't have any issues to explain away.”
How long have you had the filly with you, and what are your thoughts on her?
Tim Hamlin, Wynnstay Sales: “She's been with me for three months. She looks a lot like Lord Nelson.”
What have you noticed in the foal from the dam's side of the equation?
Tim Hamlin: “I had her Sky Mesa that was a stakes horse (Sky Writer) at the farm. He was a very nice colt. He looked athletic and looked like he could run, and he did. Compared with this one, they're both very balanced.”
Why was the weanling sale season the spot to target with this filly, as opposed to the yearling season?
Tim Hamlin: “The people that raised her try to sell all of theirs as foals. That's the main reason.”
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