Not much has caught my eye during the Keeneland Breeding Stock Sale over the past couple of days, but some sales of interest today. Most surprising was the price brought by once-promising Queen’s Plate contender It’s A Danzig (#2585), son of Danzig out of the Gulch mare Dake; as part of the complete dispersal of Stan Fulton’s racing stable, he brought only $45,000! Considering this horse has finished in the money in 8 of 9 lifetime races (finishing a very disappointing 7th in the Plate Trial), and all losses (except the Plate Trial) were very close (from a nose to 2-1/2 lengths), he is definitely worth the price, since he is only three and not gelded (unless there is an injury involved, but he was sold as a racing prospect)! Another Fulton horse, Real Big Cozzene (#2586), a three-year-old gray gelding son of Cozzene out of the grade 2 winning Beyrouth (by Alleged), sold for a mere $25,000, pitiful consider he has raced since the catalog—finishing fifth in a 10-horse field in 9 furlong turf MSW at Churchill Downs on November 2. Both It’s A Danzig and Real Big Cozzene are trained by Rebecca Maker.
Dracken (#2322), a three-year-old full-sister to two-year-old Canadian sensation Dancing Allstar (Millennium Allstar out of the Honor Grades mare High On Believen) sold as a broodmare prospect for $40,000; she did not produce much of a race record, with only 1 win in nine starts, and earnings of only $12,959 (Canadian). A weanling half-brother (#2326) to promising two-year-old colt Shore Do (both out of the Dynaformer mare Dynashore) sold for $45,000. A weaning half-brother (#2264) to Liquidity (both out of Rahy mare Boa) was out, as was a weanling filly (#2355) by Roman Ruler out of the Foolish Pleasure mare Foolish Line.
I was watching HRTV on Saturday when the payoffs were posted for the 10th race at Dover Downs ($266,950 Matron freshman colt pace), and I still can't figure them out. The winner, 7-1 third choice Meant To Be Me, paid $17.40 win, $9.20 place, and $111.00 to show! Yes...it gets weirder. Longest shot, 66-1 Artic Stretch paid $33.00 to place and $219.80 to show, while 38-1 longshot Dontloseyourdayjob paid $143.00 to show! The 1-4 exacta paid $470.20 while the 1-4-8 trifecta paid $4486.00. The odds-on favorite Badlands Nitro went off-stride early, and finished sixth of eight. Still, Meant To Be Me ran impressively! See for yourself: