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Ohio Mixed Sale Catalog Analysis
By Joe Nevills – Bloodstock Editor, Paulick Report
The Ohio Mixed Sale returns for its second edition with a well-rounded draft of offerings that appear well-suited for buyers looking to breed or race in Ohio and the surrounding states.
While the sale is mostly built toward the near future, with 54 of the catalog’s 81 offerings being yearlings or weanlings, the auction also offers the opportunity to build for the future with a group of broodmares in foal to sires ready to take advantage of Ohio-foaled and -accredited incentives, along with some pregnant by up-and-coming Kentucky stallions.
The appeal of this catalog is certainly in its Ohio roots, but the pedigree power is enough to suggest that horsemen on the Midwest and Ohio Valley circuit, which sometimes ventures out of the Buckeye State, should be able to take these horses on the road to compete.
Let’s take a look at some of the catalog’s standout offerings, starting with Ohio-accredited yearlings.
Hip No. 9, b. f., Kettle Corn—Sheza Runaway Storm, by Pride of Burkaan, consigned by Trail M Boarding & Guest Farm, Bobby McMichael, agent.
The third foal out of stakes-placed Sheza Runaway Storm, whose first runner is the stakes-placed Ucantkeepup. The dam is a half-sister to Ohio-bred millionaire Rivers Run Deep, while stakes winners Runaway Rosie, Altissimo, and Uptown Gal are in the extended family.
Hip No. 18, dk. b. or br. f., Cowtown Cat—The Lady Waffles, by Wavering Monarch, consigned by Mapleton Thoroughbred Farm.
This filly’s dam is a half-sister to another Ohio-bred million-dollar earner in Pay the Man. Second dam Pyrite Captain has had three stakes winners, one stakes-placed runner, and an additional stakes producer, while Grade 3-placed Bernique can be found in the extended family. Cowtown Cat is Ohio’s leading sire by earnings.
Hip No. 26, Run Willow Run, dk. b. or br. f., Mixmaster—A Little Order, by Presidential Order, consigned by Sassafras Prairie Farm.
The first foal out of stakes-placed A Little Order, who is herself a full-sister to stakes winner Down By the Sea.
Hip No. 53, Volume On Tap, dk. b. or br. c., Tidal Volume—Doll Dreams, by Henny Hughes, consigned by Poplar Creek Horse Center.
The first foal out of the winner Doll Dreams. This colt’s page features Grade 2 winner East Hall and Grade 3 winners Willowy Mood, OK By Me, and D J’s Rainbow. Tidal Volume is currently Ohio’s leading first-crop sire.
Hip No. 70, ch. c., Indy Wind—Miss Carrera, by Memo, consigned by Beckett Racing Team.
A half-brother to stakes winner Missap and stakes-placed Diez Dancer. Champion Gourmet Girl is in the extended family, as is U.A.E. Group 1 winner North America and U.S. Grade 1-placed Northern Mischief,
Here is an Accredited Ohio-foaled yearling to keep an eye on at the sale….
Hip No. 39, dk. b. or br. f., Liaison—Buzz Home, by Bellamy Road, consigned by Meadow Springs, agent for Hillburn Racing Stables
Buzz Home is the dam of two winners from three runners, including the stakes-placed Triumphant Joy. The dam is a sibling to three stakes winners, two of which are themselves stakes producers. The extended family’s highlights include Grade 1 winner Buzz My Bell, Mexican Horse of the Year Jala Jala, and graded-placed runners Moral Compass and Laney.
Let’s follow up with a couple weanlings to watch…
Hip No. 7, dk. b. or br. f., Itsmyluckyday—Sara’s Smile, by Tale of the Cat, consigned by Meadow Springs Farm.
The second foal out of the placed runner Sara’s Smile. The dam is a half-sister to Grade 2 winner Coffee Boy, with Grade/Group 2 winners Two Item Limit, Arena Elvira, and Buenas Costumbres further down the page. This filly is Ohio-foaled.
Hip No. 78, ch. f., Cross Traffic—Nikki Allyn, by Bernstein, consigned by Winnings Thoroughbreds.
This Ohio-foaled filly is the third out of winner Nikki Allyn, who is herself a half-sister to Duff, a Group 2 winner in England and Group 3 winner in Ireland. Italian Oaks winner Valley of Gold is also in the extended family. Cross Traffic currently sits in third on North America’s freshman sire list by earnings.
Here are five potential standouts among the broodmare ranks in this year’s catalog…
Hip No. 2, Golden Peach, ch. m., 2005, Touch Gold—Peaks Mill, by Stalwart, consigned by Susan M. Forrester, agent for H & E Ranch.
A half-sister to Grade 3 winners Squadron A and Belgravia, as well as the Grade 3-placed runner and stakes producer Persuading. Champion Afleet Alex is in the extended family. She was part of the first book of mares for Spendthrift Farm resident Gormley.
Hip No. 6, Miss Carrera, ch. m., 2000, Memo—Rhondaling, by Welsh Pageant, consigned by Beckett Racing Team.
Arguably the most accomplished broodmare in the catalog, Miss Carrera is the dam of stakes winner Missap and stakes-placed Diez Dancer. She is a half-sister to champion Gourmet Girl and Grade 1-placed Northern Mischief, who is herself the dam of U.A.E. Group 1 winner North America. The mare is offered pregnant to Indy Wind.
Hip No. 52, Digestif, b. m., 2014, Shackleford—Digestivo, by War Chant, consigned by Susan M. Forrester, agent for H & E Ranch.
A placed runner on the track offered in-foal to Street Boss. She is out of a stakes winner, and her second dam is a Grade 3 winner.
Hip No. 60, Sara’s Smile, dk. b. or br. m., 2012 Tale of the Cat—Heythisis Sarah, by Unbridled’s Song, consigned by Meadow Springs Farm.
Still a young mare, pregnant by young stallion Daredevil, the placed runner Sara’s Smile is a half-sister to Grade 2 winner Coffee Boy. Grade/Group 2 winners Two Item Limit, Arena Elvira, and Buenas Costumbres are further down the family tree.
Hip No. 72, Great Day, ch m., 2010, Action This Day—Music Miss, by Prospector’s Music, consigned by C. Louis Bates.
A seven-time winner on the racetrack has a broodmare career ahead of her. Her dam is the 2017 Ohio Broodmare of the Year Music Miss, whose eight foals are all winners, including Ohio-bred millionaire Rivers Run Deep, and four stakes-placed runners. Among them is Sheza Runaway Star who is also a stakes producer.
Finally, as a Michigan native, I’d be remiss if I didn’t make note of the six Michigan-bred yearlings entered in this year’s sale, some of which are relatives of Michigan Sire Stakes winners from recent years…
Hip No. 22, Up on the Mountain, b. c., Gun Power—Valley Loot, by Demaloot Demashoot, consigned by Campbell Stables.
A full brother to two-time Sire Stakes winner Gun Powder and stakes-placed Grab the Loot. His dam, Valley Loot, was a three-time Michigan Horse of the Year, and she won 14 starts.
Hip 48, Hes So Cool, ch. c., Elusive Hour—Crafty Tears, by Crafty Friend, consigned by Campbell Stables.
Stakes winner Crafty Tears is the dam of seven winners, including Sire Stakes winner This Cats on Fire, and stakes-placed Touch Misscrafty. Notable family members include Grade 1 winner Touch of Paradise, and Grade 3 winners Gas Station Sushi, Scottish Monk, and Wire Me Collect.