Saturday, December 7, 2013

After the Auction: Early Entry

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. “After the Auctions” feature horses I selected in sales that have found success after the sale. These posts are generally just brief overviews of these horses’ racing records and pedigrees.

The first four career starts of Early Entry’s career took place at Calder Race Course, serving as a launching pad for the young chestnut colt. The first two starts of Early Entry’s career were disappointing, resulting in fourth and sixth place finishes, respectively. But in his third outing, the chestnut colt gave his connections hope, finishing second.

In his fourth start, Early Entry finally discovered the path to the winner’s circle. Pressing the pace throughout the six and one-half-furlong maiden special weight, the colt drew clear in the final stages of the race to score by 1 ½ lengths.

This victory gave his connections enough optimism to enter him in today’s Inaugural Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs. Going six furlongs over the main oval at the western Florida track, Early Entry will face seven others – including Cool Cowboy, who owns two runaway victories at tracks in Illinois, and Pallium Prize, a stakes-placed runner.

As one of my selections from this year’s OBS March Sale, Early Entry failed to reach his reserve, attaining a final bid of only $32,000. But he has taken steps toward proving reluctant buyers wrong and he will do just that should he find stakes success, whether it come in today’s Inaugural Stakes or a later black-type event.

Pedigree Analysis

Early Entry is a son of the multiple graded stakes-winning Keyed Entry, who is the sire of the black-type-placed Hyena in his young career as a stallion. Keyed Entry is a son of Honour and Glory, who produced numerous grade one winners, including the champions Caressing and Indio Glorioso.

The dam of Early Entry, Bright N Early, has also produced the multiple black-type-winning mare Bright Gold. Bright Gold, in turn, begat a pair of black-type runners. Early Entry descends from a prolific female family, being a direct descendant of Ormonda, an outstanding broodmare who was the granddam of Triple Crown hero Whirlaway.

Early Entry clearly comes from humble beginnings. His pedigree, though respectable, is far from magnificent. No one wanted him when he was offered at the OBS March Sale. And his racing career got off to a slow start at the underestimated Calder Race Course. It is a long shot that he will reach stardom, but Early Entry seems to be on track for proving his doubters wrong.

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