hard spun

Client Success: Hard Spun Filly Slingshots to Victory

STRIKINGLY SPUN (f, 2, Hard Spun – Smart Ashley, by Smart Strike) STRIKINGLY SPUN (f, 2, Hard Spun – Smart Ashley, by Smart Strike) ran seven furlongs at Keeneland on Breeders’ Cup Friday to finish sixth, beating out half of the other horses at long odds of 33-1. Yesterday was the first time the $200,000 […]

practical joke

Client Success: Practical Joke Colt Prevails in CD Debut

INVULNERABLE (c, 2, Practical Joke – Mobeautiful, by Uncle Mo) INVULNERABLE (c, 2, Practical Joke – Mobeautiful, by Uncle Mo), which was given odds of 8-1 in its first race, started a half-step behind but quickly caught up to fight for the lead. With opponents breathing down his neck, the bay colt by Practical Joke […]

mastery

Client Success: Mastery Filly Edges Clear On Debut at Fair Grounds

Dallas Volunteer (f, 3, Mastery–Dido, by Bernstein) Dallas Volunteer (f, 3, Mastery—Dido, by Bernstein) won her debut race on a sealed Fair Grounds track over six furlongs on January 20th. The Mastery filly waited patiently early on under Colby Hernandez, the meet’s leading rider, before tracking from the two path around the turn. She then […]

not this time

Client Success: Not This Time Gelding Draws Off Smartly In Debut at LSP

Brad’s Time (g, 3, Not This Time–Fantasy Song, by Unbridled’s Song) Brad’s Time (g, 3, Not This Time–Fantasy Song, by Unbridled’s Song) was a bit unruly in his first career start while unseating jockey Lane Luzzi behind the gate and was extremely reluctant to load. After a successful load and a clean break, he then […]

tonalist

Client Success: Tonalist Colt Keeps To Task in Lone Star Maiden Win

RIGHT TONE (c, 3, Tonalist–Town Flirt, by Speightstown) RIGHT TONE (c, 3, Tonalist–Town Flirt, by Speightstown) showed good early speed breaking for the lead under jockey Ramon Vazquez for opening fractions of :23.80 and :46.27. The Tonalist colt built a long lead in the drive and kept to task under strong urging while drawing off […]

bloodstock agent

OPTIMAL Mating Purchase: OBSMAR21 Hip 461 – American Freedom Colt

OBSMAR21 – Hip 461 – American Freedom / Divine Happiness, by Divine Park Clark Shepherd (Shepherd Equine Advisers), bloodstock agent for Highlander Training Center (Larry Hirsch), purchased this American Freedom colt at the 2021 OBS March Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale from the consignment of Pick View LLC for $260,000. https://obscatalog.com/mar/2021/461.mp4 The American Freedom  colt shared […]

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OBSJUN20 Recap: Did the OPTIMAL Mating Short Lists Help?

Ocala Breeders’ Sales Spring Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale I love the process of analyzing pedigrees, inspecting horses, replaying breeze videos, evaluating vet exams, performing cardio scans and putting all that together to establish an acceptable range of value. The process for last week’s OBS Spring Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale was even more fulfilling because I […]

Tonalist's Shape

OPTIMAL Mating Analysis: Tonalist’s Shape Wins Hollywood Wildcat Stakes

Tonalist’s Shape Tonalist’s Shape returned back to her winning ways with a dominating 3 3/4-length win in the $75,000 Hollywood Wildcat Stakes at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, FL. The win proved that she could successfully navigate two turns. Her other victories were one-turn races from 5 1/2 furlongs to one mile. The Kentucky-bred filly, […]

lexi on the move

Fast Anna Filly Goes Two For Two At Oaklawn

Bloodstock agent Clark Shepherd reports that LEXI ON THE MOVE (f, 3, Fast Anna–Invalida, by Street Cry {Ire}) took a track-and-trip event restricted to fillies who had previously sold at auction for $60,000 or less by daylight here Feb. 15, and was backed early and often in this tougher spot to go off at even-money. […]