The 2013 breeding shed must be opening soon. The cheesy Kay diamond commercials are on, I finally received my Blood-Horse’s 2013 stallion register, and my Hanoverian mare would lose her mind if she didn’t get her Depo.
Since this is my first year really getting to know more about the thoroughbred industry I’ve spent about a week combing the pages and looking at all of the gorgeous horse’s, but the boys from the 2012 race season really caught my interest.
Bodemeister ’09: Empire Maker – Untouched Talent, by Storm Cat
Bodemeister at the Arkansas Derby in 2012 (Blood-Horse).
Breeder: Audley Farm
Owner: Zavat Stables
Trainer: Bob Baffert
Bodemeister won the 2012 Arkansas Derby and came in second in the 2012 Kentucky Derby and the 2012 Preakness Stakes. He had six starts as a three-year-old with two wins and three second places. Bodemeister was retired to stud at Winstar Farm in Versailles, Kentucky for the 2013 breeding season due to an injury in his left shoulder after earning $1,304,800. His stud fee for 2013 is $30,000.
Personally, I loved watching Bodemeister run and I though it was sweet how he was named after Bode Baffert. I also got to see Bodemeister sell at the Keeneland September sales for $260,000 as a yearling.
Hansen ’09: tapit – Stormy Sunday, by Sir Cat
Hansen at the 2011 Kentucky Cup Juvenile (Blood- Horse).
Breeder: Kendall E. Hansen
Owner: Kendall E. Hansen, Sky Chai Stables
Trainer: Michael J. Maker
How could you forget “The Great White Hope”. In his two-year-old season, Hansen was raced lightley. He had two wins at Turfway Park. He then went to Churchill Downs and won the Breeder’s Cup Juvenile by a nose over Union Rags. He also won the Iowa Derby by ten lengths. Hansen’s nine starts, five wins, and two seconds earned him a total of $1,810,805. Hansen will stand at Ashford Stud in Versailles, kentucky with a 2013 stud fee of $12,500.
I think Hansen is well known from his owner’s stunt at the 2012 Blue Grass Stakes where his owner dyed the horse’s white tail blue. Track stewards seized the bottle of dye and his trainer washed the blue out of his tail. After all that hype Hansen placed second in the race behind Dullhan.
I’ll Have Another ’09: Flower Alley – Arch’s Gal Edith, by Arch
I’ll Have Another winning the Kentucky Derby (Churchill Downs).
Breeder: Harvey Clarke
Owner: J. Paul Reddam
Trainer: Douglas F. O’Neill
I’ll Have Another is a very impressive horse with $2,693,600 in career earnings. He won four graded events, including the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes. Unfortunately, a few days before the Belmont Stakes, Doug O’Neill announced that I’ll Have Another was officially out of the race due to a tendon injury. Due to the risk of a bowed tendon, O’Neill and Reddam announced that I’ll Have Another was going to be retired. He was the is the third horse, behind Bold Venture ’36 and Burgoo King ’32, to be scratched from the Belmont Stakes after winning the first two legs of the Triple Crown.
I’ll Have Another was sold at the Keeneland Saled for $11,000 by Victor M. Davila. The exercise rider broke and trained the future Derby winner before selling him as a two-year-old to Reddam for $35,000 at the Ocala Breeder’s sale. After his very successful career he was sold to the Big Red Farm, located in Hokkaido, Japan, for the 2013 breeding season for $10 million. His 2013 stud fee is $34,504.96 or 3,200,000 JPY.
Shackleford ’08: Forestry – Oatsee, by Unbridled
Jesus Castanon aboard Shackleford. (Churchill Downs / Reed Palmer) Photography
Breeder: Micheal Lauffer and
Owner: Michael Lauffer and
Trainer: Dale Romans
Shackleford had two starts as a two- year- old, winning the won a $59,000 maiden special weight race at Churchill Downs on dirt. His three- year- old season had ten starts, two wins, and four second places. His second place in the Florida Derby earned him enough to get into the 2011 Kentucky Derby. He also won the Preakness at the age of three and defeated Animal Kingdom.
His four- year- old season ended with a victory in the Grade 1, $500,000 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs. He defeated Take Charge Indy and his career earnings totaled $2,824,047. Shackleford will stand at Darby Dan Farm with a 2013 stud fee of $20,000.
Union Rags ’09: Dixie Union – Tempo, by Gone West
Breeder: Phyllis Mills Wyeth
Owner: Chadds Ford Stable
Union Rags at Gulfstream Park (Blood-Horse).
Trainer: Micheal R. Matz
Union Rags had eight starts, five wins, one second and third. He won the Belmont Stakes as a three- year- old. He came in second to Hansen at the Breeder’s Cup Juvenile in 2012. Union Rags did not run in the 2012 Preakness Stakes, but he did run in the Belmont Stakes and beat Paynter in the final strides of the race.
I thought Union Rags had Triple Crown potential and I loved the story about his breeder and her dream about owning Union Rags after she sold him the first time.
I think these new boys have big shoes to fill after the loss of Dynaformer, but they all have promising blood lines and should be pretty busy with their first breeding seasons.