Villero Cat and Sembra Fe top the Argentine 2-year-olds

5 thoughts on “Villero Cat and Sembra Fe top the Argentine 2-year-olds”

  1. Of course I understand the owner´s excitement about Villero Cat´s win, but I do not share his opinion about that colt being a “phenomenon”. I suppose most people present at Palermo that day would agree in saying that the horse ran with a great deal of courage, but it was not an impressive demonstration. Villero Cat did not seem that superior to his rivals.
    Most of the Easing Along´s show a lot of precocity and speed, so it is logical to consider them candidates for the selective races. But few of them turn out to be as good during the second half of the season, which is when distances get longer and speed is not as important.
    The sire stood his first five seasons at Haras El Alfalfar. He covered less than fifty mares per season (the last one he had a book of almost one hundred). This farm is well known for the speed and precocity of its bloodlines. That might be a reason why Easing Along´s progeny has not been prolific in big wins at longer distances. There is only one colt that has proven to have stamina and a lot of class going the distance: Interaction. Interestingly enough, this horse was not bred by Haras El Alfalfar, but by Haras Futuro and his mare (Inter Rails, by Ride The Rails) has nothing to do with El Alfalfar´s family, but with the classic family of the legendary Haras Abolengo.
    A few hours ago I saw the G.P. Raul y Raul E. Chevallier (G1) at San Isidro racecourse and Don Petardo (Mutakddim) and Que Chistoso (Southern Halo) finished second and third respectively to Phone Time (Gilded Time) over 1400 metres. In last month´s G.P. Luro Que Chistoso was second and Don Petardo third to Villero Cat. Although it is impossible to say with accuracy, I think the Bay colt from El Alfalfar would have had a very hard time trying to maintain his immaculate record today and I also expect him to have a harder time in the future against this same colts (and other emerging ones) at longer distances. Then we will see how much of a phenomenon Villero Cat is.

  2. Sid,
    Phone Time was imported in utero from Brazil. His mare Shiny Happy is by Phone Trick and entered Argentina (from Brazil) in foal to Gilded Time in 2007. She returned to Brazil in foal to Not for Sale (Parade Marshall) the following year.
    Phone Time runs for Haras Anderson (Brazil) and was bred by Haras La Mission in Argentina.
    Phone Time is a big muscular bay colt. In my impression he will stand a good chance in the following graded stakes for two year olds. It looks as if the 1600 metres of the Gran Premio Gran Criterium in San Isidro will benefit him even more than the 1400 metres ran today.

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