Lines presented by the Iowa Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association: a weekend boon for Ashview Farm and Colts Neck Stables – Horse Racing News
Mo Donegal (Uncle Mo) and jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. win the Remsen (Gr II) at the Aqueduct Racetrack on 12/04/21. Coach: Todd Pletcher. Owner: Donegal Racing
The juvenile ranked stakes results at Aqueduct on Saturday December 4th proved to be a double success for the breeding partnership of the Lyster family’s Ashview farm and Rich Santulli’s Colts Neck stables.
In the Grade 2 Remsen Stakes, Mo Donegal, a son of juvenile champion and main stallion Uncle Mo (by Indian Charlie), was winner by a nose of Zandon (Upstart), and in the G2 Demoiselle, Nest (Curlin) won by a neck of the Firing Line Venti Valentine filly.
The two Kentucky bred juveniles were foaled and bred at Ashview, which markets yearlings as organically grown athletes. The market gave a warm welcome to these farm-fresh yearlings: Mo Donegal was sold to Jerry Crawford of Donegal Racing Stables for $ 250,000 at the September 2020 Keeneland sale; Nest grossed $ 300,000 from the same sale and races for Repole Stable, Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Michael House.
As financially and professionally rewarding as these young horses proved to be on the farm, Bryan Lyster said, âBringing these two horses with Mr. Santulli is one of the best things imaginable. He’s been with us since the mid-80s, and it’s very satisfying that we had a day like this together.
âHe’s a long-time customer and my dad’s best friend. Over the past seven to eight years we have bought a number of mares together.
The mates have 12 to 15 mares, and breeding a pair of seed winners from a small group of mares is an outstanding accomplishment. Then again, the mares that produced these young athletes are also quite special.
Nest is the fifth foal of her dam, AP stakes winner Indy Marion Ravenwood, and the winner Demoiselle is a full sister to Idol, who won the G1 Santa Anita Handicap earlier this year, as well as a half-sister. from Dr Jack, who also got the black guy this season.
Within nine months, Marion Ravenwood became the mother of a couple of ranked winners, both 2007 and 2008 Horse of the Year, and a multiple stakes rider by Pioneerof the Nile. The three siblings made their mother a very valuable producer, and Idol, 4, was also instrumental in Ashview’s acquisition of Marion Ravenwood.
Bryan Lyster said: âWe bought Marion Ravenwood wearing the Pioneerof the Nile, and we were impressed with her colt Curlin, who is now Idol. When we planned the mating that produced Nest, we were hoping for a yearling that would have the Idol look.
The partners bought Marion Ravenwood for $ 400,000 from My Meadowview Farm LLC. The following spring, the mare produced a foal by Pioneerof the Nile, and Ashview sold the resulting foal for $ 250,000 as a November weaning. Named Dr Jack, the colt placed third in the Pegasus Stakes in Monmouth and the Bourbon Trail Stakes in Churchill, earning $ 125,857 over seven races in the past eight months.
Lyster noted that neither Marion Ravenwood nor Callingmissbrown, Mo Donegal’s dam, will have a yearling for next year. It’s rotten bad luck, but the breeders have been given good luck, especially this year, and Marion Ravenwood “will be going back to Curlin.” We hope to bring her into the world early and have been huge supporters of Curlin since her first year.
In fact, Mo Donegal’s dam Callingmissbrown is full of Curlin for the next year, and Lyster said: âSince Mo Donegal is just the mare’s second foal, I’d say Saturday’s win would tip the scales towards a certain father ‘for his mating next year.
A Pulpit mare that the Lysters privately acquired for their breeding partnership, Callingmissbrown âis built like a reservoir. I wouldn’t rate her tall in size, 16 hands or so, but she has a huge hip. “
These qualities undoubtedly helped when Ashview brought the mare’s 2021 yearling, a filly from first stallion Into Mischief, to the Keeneland sales a few months ago.
By the sexy sire but from a mare who hadn’t produced a black type winner until last Saturday, the September yearling from Callingmissbrown grossed $ 500,000 from Frankie Brothers, agent, and Litt / Solis. To bring in double what Crawford had paid for the foal of mare Uncle Mo a year ago, this filly was pretty cool.
Bryan said: “Half of Mo Donegal was so fluid and athletic in every way that buyers really wanted her.” Being by Into Mischief made the filly a point of honor among discerning riders, and she brought a bounty for it.
The good work and careful planning that produced additional success for Ashview and Colts Neck this weekend should pay off with long-term dividends in the seasons to come from the siblings to these big winners.
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