May we present the first sales video for the 2009 colt by Flower Alley (winner of the 2005 Travers, Jim Dandy and Lanes End Stakes and the 2006 Salvator Mile Handicap) and Arch’s Gal Edith, who raced once and won once as a 3-year-old:
If you can’t see the above video, click on this link.
Eleven grand. That’s before training. And he’s still growing.
Buying thoroughbreds at auction is a roll of the dice. A calculated risk based on studying a young horse’s conformation and reading the tea leaves of pedigree.
Plus, auctions are designed to raise a price as high as possible thanks to the auctioneer chanting and the competitive nature of bidding.
And the colt that became I’ll Have Another still sold for only $11,000. Granted, in an even slower economy than this one in an area that’s been struggling economically, IMO, since the ’80s.
After some training, the colt sold again at 2 to Paul Reddam for $35,000. Now, I can’t embed this video, which includes some workout footage. You’ll just have to go to the Ocala Breeders Sales Company page to play it.
We also need to keep in mind that these sales happened before another grandson of Arch named Blame beat the mighty Zenyatta to win the Breeder’s Cup Classic in her only loss. The Bleacher Report blog has more on I’ll Have Another’s pedigree.
Can you spot it? The heart of a champion?