Make Music For Me, who finished fourth in the 2010 Kentucky Derby, sold to Nicks Farm in Sellersburg, Ind., for $1,000 on Thursday at the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale.
William Austin Nicks, who signed the ticket on the 12-year-old son of Bernstein said initial plans were to re-sell the stallion – something the farm has done to some success in recent years – or stand him at his farm if he remains unsold by the breeding season.
“I didn't come with plans to buy him, but he came across [at the right price],” Nicks said. “I bought [Grade 2-winning stallion] Exhi out of the Keeneland November sale for $1,000 and flipped him pretty good, so I figured I'd try again.”
Nicks sold Exhi to stand privately at a farm in Arkansas.
Make Music For Me stood the 2018 breeding season at EF1 Farms in Hemet, Calif., for an advertised fee of $1,500. He entered stud in 2014, and his oldest foals are 4-year-olds of 2019. His leading earner is Triple Shot, a winner of three of four starts in California who has earned $61,665.
Owned during his racing career by Ellen and Peter Johnson and trained by Alexis Barba, Make Music For Me won four of 30 starts during his on-track career for earnings of $564,650. A pair of second-place finishes in the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity and G2 Best Pal Stakes, along with a third in the G1 CashCall Futurity gave him enough graded earnings to make the Kentucky Derby field, where he finished a surprising fourth behind Super Saver, followed by a ninth in the Belmont Stakes. He earned his lone stakes win in March of that year, taking the non-graded Pasadena Stakes at Santa Anita.
Make Music For Me raced until his 7-year-old campaign, occasionally testing graded company. He finished third in the G2 Strub Stakes at age four, then ran third in the G2 San Antonio Stakes at seven.
Make Music For Me is out of the stakes-winning Carson City mare Miss Cheers, making him a half-brother to G2-placed stakes winner I Dazzle and stakes-placed Masculino. Breeders' Cup Mile winner Opening Verse is in his extended family.
“If I don't sell him, I'll stand him,” Nicks said. “If he's going to be standing in the stall, I might as well be doing something with him.”
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