On Monday, the TDN ran a piece on four promising 3-year-olds owned by Gary and Mary West, each trained by Wayne Catalano and headed by ‘TDN Rising Star’ Malibu Sunset, a 10 1/2-length maiden special winner at Fair Grounds Sunday. You can read the article here.
This is the time of year when hope springs eternal for owners of potential classic horses, and the Wests, with racing/bloodstock manager Ben Glass, are regular buyers at the yearling sales for just these types of prospects. They are particularly partial to proven stallions, especially those from the A.P. Indy line — obviously a great source of dirt route horses — and look primarily for colts with sire potential. Their thumbprints were on the pedigrees of a few stakes winners this weekend, too, as a reminder. They raced Mohaymen’s half-brother by Street Cry, New Year’s Day, a $425,000 purchase at Keeneland September 2012 who went on to win the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile the following year. He’s at stud now at Hill ‘n’ Dale with Flashback and Power Broker. The former, a son of Tapit, cost the Wests and Glass $260,000 as a weanling at Keeneland November 2010 and went on to win the G2 Robert B. Lewis Stakes and place second in the G1 Santa Anita Derby in 2013. Power Broker, by Pulpit, was purchased for $360,000 at the Keeneland September 2011 sale and won the G1 FrontRunner Stakes at 2 in 2012 and the following year was second in the G1 Haskell Invitational Stakes.
The Wests also bred and initially raced Lemon Drop Kid’s Da Big Hoss, winner of the G3 John B. Connally Turf Cup Stakes at Sam Houston Saturday. Like the four mentioned in the TDN column, Da Big Hoss was trained by Catalano, from whom he was claimed for $50,000 last June.
Catalano’s four from the TDN
Malibu Sunset: $240,000 Keeneland September 14 yearling purchase. By the A.P. Indy classic winner Bernardini from One Stormy Mama, by Storm Cat. He’s a half-brother to Thunder Moccasin (by the A.P. Indy horse A.P. Warrior), undefeated in two starts and the winner of the G2 Hutcheson Stakes in 2012. Until producing Malibu Sunset, One Stormy Mama had had no luck with five other foals from sires not tracing tail-male to A.P. Indy, so this affinity of the mare to the A.P. Indy line is apparent. On a broader level, Bernardini has four stakes winners, three Graded, from Storm Cat-line mares, and his sire line (from A.P. Indy and sons, grandsons, etc) has 81 stakes winners from Storm Cat-line mares, including 14 G1 winners. Malibu Sunset’s female line traces directly to La Troienne, and from just the 5th dam, Foreseer, such as Caerleon, Vision, and Scan, among many others spring. Malibu Sunset was bred by Mike Abraham, but the family from La Troienne down comes from Idle Hour to Phipps to Bieber-Jacobs to Claiborne/Gamely.
Major League: $385,000 RNA Keeneland September 14 yearling; private purchase. By the A.P. Indy stallion Malibu Moon from Grade 2 winner Alpha Kitten, by Tale of the Cat. This is the same cross as Malibu Sunset, above. Bred by Spendthrift, Major League is his dam’s second foal — and all four of her foals to date are by Spendthrift’s Malibu Moon, by the way. G1 winner Came Home is from the family.
American Pioneer: $230,000 Keeneland September 14 yearling purchase. By Awesome Again from Makoma, by Malibu Moon. Bred by Forging Oaks, LLC, this is the family of Marfa and Maria’s Mon — sire of two Derby winners. American Pioneer is bred like G1 winner Moreno, who’s by Awesome Again’s son Ghostzapper from a mare by Malibu Moon’s sire, A.P. Indy.
Talk Show: Homebred filly. By Smart Strike from Lady Struck Gold, by Touch Gold, Talk Show is a half-sister to Da Big Hoss. This is a turf family that includes Lope De Vega and Lady Blessington (2nd dam).