Four-time stakes winner Mr. Buff may have been foaled in New York, but over the past year the 5-year-old gelding has helped his owner/breeder Chester Broman earn over $140,000 in bonus money from the Virginia Thoroughbred Association.
By Virginia-registered stallion Friend Or Foe, Mr. Buff is eligible for the Virginia-sired program. He earns a 25 percent bonus for wins at tracks in the Mid-Atlantic region, including those in his home state of New York. Broman also bred and raced Friend Or Foe to a trio of stakes wins in his career, and now he sends two or three of his mares from New York to the stallion in Virginia every year.
“He made a deal with Phyllis Jones to stand the horse in Virginia,” said Greg Falk, Broman's racing manager. “He sends a few mares each year to help support him. The numbers are small, but he's been a very productive sire. Almost everything that that horse has produced has run and won.”
Mr. Buff is out of the graded stakes-placed Speightstown mare Speightful Affair. The gelding, trained by John Kimmel, broke his maiden as a 2-year-old and ran consistently well in allowance company over the next two years. In November of his 4-year-old season, however, Mr. Buff stepped up his game and won his first stakes race.
This year, Mr. Buff has won three more New York-bred stakes races, including a dominating 3 1/2-length score in the Evan Shipman Stakes in August. Most recently, Mr. Buff finished seventh after setting the pace in the Grade 1 Woodward.
“He's been a very productive horse,” Falk said. “He's run some big races for us, and the Evan Shipman was very impressive. The race he ran in the Woodward wasn't one of his better performances, but he's been a really hard-knocking, hard-running, consistent horse.”
In 31 starts, Mr. Buff has compiled a record of 10 wins, six seconds and four thirds. The gelding has posted career earnings of $696,286, not including the bonus money he has earned from the Virginia Thoroughbred Association.
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