As an avid fan of sales with possible aspirations to become an adviser/bloodstock agent, auctions are one of my favorite topics to write about on Past the Grandstand. This is the eighth edition in a blog series called "After the Auction" that will feature horses I selected in sales that have found success after the sale. *Note: If an "After the Auction" features a two-year-old, it will also be listed as a "Juvenile Spotlight."
As 2012 winds down, two-year-olds that have not been fortunate enough to garner a victory scramble to attain a win as a juvenile before they become a three-year-old. The remaining days of the year are numbered, but My Native Blues, one of my honorable mentions from this year’s 2012 Fasig-Tipton Texas Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale, managed to record his first victory after four previous attempts.
Prior to breaking his maiden, My Native Blues had only hit the board once in his young career. He pieced things together in his third start against state-bred company, going a mile and seventy yards at Fair Ground Race Course in New Orleans, Louisiana. Racing over a sealed track, My Native Blues settled behind the front-running contingent, racing several lengths off the leaders as the horses rounded the initial turn.
|My Native Blues|
Photo by Terri Cage
Gradually, the chestnut grew closer to the pacesetters as longshot Collin Time recorded steady fractions. Galloping wide, My Native Blues easily overtook the leaders as the final curve came to an end, sweeping past the frontrunners to strike to lead at the top of the stretch. With strong urging from jockey Leandro Goncalves, My Native Blues drew off to an easy 8 ½-length victory.
Earlier this year, My Native Blues became one of my selections at the annual Fasig-Tipton juvenile auction held at Lone Star Park each spring due to his noteworthy work in the under-tack show and respectable pedigree. Though his time of 11 seconds for one furlong was not quite as impressive as many other juvenile workers at the under-tack show, My Native Blues displayed a powerful stride, easily covering ground.
Sired by a son of Mr. Prospector in Gold Tribute, My Native Blues shares his sire with the Chilean champions Gadanes and Giant, the group one winners Galan Fantasma and Gondolieri, and the graded stakes-winning Geronimo. The Mr. Prospector sire line is one of the most prolific of the breed, producing such champions as Azeri, Curlin, Point Given, and Zenyatta.
Bred on the successful Mr. Prospector/Meadowlake cross that is responsible for the grade one-winning Seventh Street, as well as the graded stakes winners Crytoquip, Majestic City, and Street Magician, My Native Blues is out of the Meadowlake mare Meadowlanding, a half-sister to a graded stakes winner. Though initially rather unimpressive, class can be found in My Native Blues’ dam line. The gelding is a direct descendant of several Reine de Course mares far back in his pedigree, including Escutcheon, a winner of the Alabama Stakes that produced an astounding 14 winners, including Bourtai, who produced six black-type runners, including two Broodmare of the Years and the champion Bayou.
Among the fifteen highest-priced horses at the Fasig-Tipton sale earlier this year, My Native Blues became my eighth juvenile sales selection of 2012 to find the winner’s circle. Here’s to hoping 2013 brings even more victories for these auction choices!