Billy Koch, founder and managing partner of the Little Red Feather Racing ownership group, purchased a feisty gray daughter of Alphabet Soup at the 2010 OBS Yearling Sale. Named Egg Drop, she would go on to become the partnership's second ever Grade 1 winner (following Singletary, 2004 Breeders' Cup Mile). When Koch and the group decided to sell the mare at the end of her racing career, she brought $1.9 million from Bridlewood Farm while in foal to leading sire Tapit.
Little Red Feather members have been watching that foal grow up since his 2014 birth, and Koch even tried to purchase the gray colt, a mirror image of his dam, privately from Bridlewood as a yearling, according to bloodhorse.com. When the colt appeared in the catalog for the OBS March sale of 2-year-olds in training, Koch grew excited, and was even more so when he breezed an eighth in 10 1/5 seconds during the under tack show. Of course, the colt's bloodlines and his work brought interest from a number of other buyers.
“I was standing in the ring with Bob Baffert and … he was inspecting the colt, putting his hands on him, checking him out,” Koch recalled. “And I was like, ‘I can't outgun Baffert. He's got more money than we do.”
Baffert decided to pass, and Koch was able to win the colt for a final bid of $200,000 in the auction ring.
“(Trainer) Phil D'Amato, who was there for the Egg Drop days (as an assistant to) Mike Mitchell, fell in love with him,” said Koch. “He's extremely correct. He's just not very big. A lot of first foals are small and he's on the smaller side. But he had everything in the right place. It was like the stars aligned and we were really, really fortunate to get him.”
While early names under consideration were “Wonton” and “Drop It,” an email announcement from Little Red Feather on Friday declared that the colt had been named “Scrambled.” Scrambled will be given a bit of down time following the sale, and will be transferred to D'Amato's stable at Santa Anita. Koch hopes he will be ready to debut this summer at Del Mar.
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