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Game of Silks: High-priced Bolt d’Oro filly among horses up for auction
A Bolt d’Oro filly who’s related to a champion sprinter, a colt from the first crop sired by Omaha Beach and a filly sired by Violence are among the 10 horses put up for auction this week by Game of Silks.
Game of Silks is holding weekly auctions on OpenSea to help Silks owners build their stables for the game’s inaugural racing season, which begins in April. Each horse has a $500 reserve price, and two horses’ auctions typically end each day Tuesday through Saturday.
For the webpage of the Silks auctioneer, visit https://opensea.io/SilksAuctions. For the latest auction catalog, visit https://join.silks.io/AuctionCatalog.
Here’s a look at this week’s group:
● 2021 HALLIE RUTH – An Illinois-bred filly named Organa Asquifar, she’ll be eligible for purse bonuses and races exclusively for horses bred in that state. Sired by Cloud Computing, she sold for $2,500 as a yearling.
Cloud Computing, the winner of the 2017 Preakness, retired with $1.13 million in earnings. He got $987,894 in progeny earnings last year to rank 13th among North American stallions who had only one crop of racing-age foals.
Organa Asquifar was produced by Hallie Ruth, a daughter of Pleasant Tap who won three races. That broodmare has one winner from her first two foals of racing age. The second dam, or maternal grandmother, is Green Finder, who won seven overnight races and has produced four foals, including three winners. Third dam Green Beene is the dam of eight foals, all winners.
● 2021 ROXANNE O – This Ohio-bred filly sold for $31,000 and will be eligible for purse bonuses and races restricted to products of the Buckeye State. She’s from the first crop sired by World of Trouble, who ran second in the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint and returned the following year to win the Grade 1 Jaipur Invitational and Grade 1 Carter Handicap, retiring with $1.26 million in earnings.
Roxanne O, sired by Rock Hard Ten, won a race and has produced five foals of racing age, all winners. Second dam Unsurpassed won two races, and all six of her foals who have raced are winners. Third dam Squan Song was a Grade 3 winner who produced eight winners.
● 2021 THE BLONDE PEQUE – A $12,000 purchase, this filly is named Four the Girls. She’s from the first crop sired by Copper Bullet, who won the Grade 2 Saratoga Special in 2017 and eventually retired with $339,345 in earnings. Copper Bullet is a son of the late More Than Ready, who ranks sixth in North American racing history with almost $144 million in progeny earnings.
The Blonde Peque, sired by Giant’s Causeway, won two races. That broodmare has one winner from three foals of racing age. Second dam Put Away the Halo is a stakes winner who’s produced only two foals. Third dam Jolie’s Lillian produced three winners, while fourth dam Lillian Russell was a stakes winner who produced four winners.
● 2021 NAUGHTY MATILDA – This $135,000 filly is named Torrey Pine. She was sired by Violence, who got $10.2 million in progeny earnings last year to rank 14th among North American stallions. Violence also sired Forte, the champion 2-year-old male of 2022 and the early favorite for this year’s Kentucky Derby.
Violence won three of his four starts, including the Grade 1 CashCall Futurity and Grade 2 Nashua as a juvenile, and earned $623,000. A son of the great Medaglia d’Oro, he was a leading prospect for the 2013 Kentucky Derby before getting injured.
Naughty Matilda is a daughter of Indian Charlie who won a race and has gotten two winners from five foals of racing age. Second dam Oilgonewile won a stakes race and has gotten two winners from four foals to race. Third dam Dignified Woman was a nine-time winner who produced eight winners.
● 2021 DISCOVERY BAY – Purchased for $100,000, this filly is named Why Em Sea Ay. Her sire, Mucho Macho Man, won the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Classic and earned $5.63 million. He got $3.96 million in progeny earnings last year to rank seventh among North American sires who had five crops of racing age.
Discovery Bay, sired by Speightstown, won a race, and this is her third foal of racing age. Second dam Harmony Lodge, a Grade 1 winner who earned $851,120, is the dam of five winners, including Grade 3 winner Stratford Hill and stakes winner Armistice Day. Third dam Win Crafty Lady was a Grade 3 winner whose 10 winners include Graeme Hall, a million-dollar earner who became a stallion.
● 2021 MOTT N HESTER – An $85,000 buy, this filly is named Sakura Blossom. She was sired by Classic Empire, who got $4.48 million in progeny earnings last year to rank seventh among North American stallions who had only two crops of racing age.
Classic Empire was the champion 2-year-old male of 2016 after earning Grade 1 victories in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and Breeders’ Futurity. The following year, he won the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby and finished second in the Preakness, eventually retiring with $2.52 million in earnings.
Mott N Hester is a daughter of Super Saver who won her only start. Second dam Southern Flu placed in a stakes race and has produced seven foals of racing age, all winners. Third dam Nortena produced stakes winners Shooting Jacket and Flower Forest. Through Nortena, Sakura Blossom is related to Grade 2 winner Karibu Gardens and Grade 3 winners Bullards Alley and Nessy.
● 2021 CLASSY LIL REBEL – A filly sired by Jimmy Creed, she sold for $29,000. Jimmy Creed got $6.56 million in progeny earnings last year to rank 47th among North American stallions. The winner of the Grade 1 Malibu Stakes in 2012, Jimmy Creed earned $439,250.
This is the first foal from Classy Lil Rebel, a daughter of Tapizar who won a race. Second dam Varnish never won a race but has produced eight winners, including stakes winner Swingforthefences. Third dam Gild was a Grade 3 winner whose four winners include stakes winner Poker Brad.
● 2021 SAVANNAH SKY – At long last, we have a colt, this one from the first crop sired by Omaha Beach. The stallion is a three-time Grade 1 stakes winner who finished second in the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile. A son of War Front, Omaha Beach retired with $1.65 million in earnings. This colt brought $200,000 at public auction.
Savannah Sky is a daughter of Sky Mesa who won a race. She has one winner from three foals of racing age. Second dam Diaphanous failed to win a race but is the dam of five winners. Third dam Banshee Winds placed in a Grade 2 stakes race and produced 10 winners, including Grade 1 winner Banshee Breeze, the champion 3-year-old filly of 1998.
● 2021 COMEALONGWITHME – This California-bred gelding has been named Come Fly Away and will be eligible for purse bonuses and races, including lucrative stakes, restricted to horses bred in the Golden State. Sired by Danzing Candy, he sold for $5,000.
Danzing Candy had $1.6 million in progeny earnings last year to rank 20th among North American stallions with only two crops of racing age. A son of Twirling Candy, he won a pair of Grade 2 stakes and earned $700,930.
This is the third foal from Comealongwithme, a daughter of Grand Slam who won two races. Second dam Vamos Nina placed in a Group 1 race in Chile and has produced two winners. Third dam Vantage won four races in Chile and produced an incredible 13 winners from 14 foals.
● 2021 HERE TO STAY – A $400,000 purchase, this filly is from the second crop sired by Bolt d’Oro. Last year, his 2-year-olds earned $2.75 million, tops among North American studs with only one crop of racing age.
Bolt d’Oro, a son of the highly influential stallion Medaglia d’Oro, was a $630,000 purchase as a yearling. He scored Grade 1 victories as a juvenile in 2017 in the Del Mar Futurity and the FrontRunner Stakes. At age 3, Bolt d’Oro won the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes and was second to eventual Triple Crown winner Justify in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby. He retired with $1.02 million in earnings.
Here to Stay, an unraced daughter of Empire Maker, has gotten three winners from six foals of racing age. Second dam Safely Kept was the champion sprinter of 1989, beat the boys in the 1990 Breeders’ Cup Sprint and retired with $2.19 million in the bank. That broodmare produced stakes winners Peace Chant and Contrast.
About Game of Silks: It’s a next-generation fantasy sports game that tokenizes each racehorse into a digital collectible that can be bought and sold. In 2023, Silks owners will receive 1% of their horses’ real-world purse earnings, a figure that’s expected to rise steadily in subsequent years.
As a dynasty fantasy contest, Game of Silks allows players to retain ownership of their horses for the duration of their racing and breeding careers, potentially earning rewards for a decade or more. Owners also are free to sell at any time.
Launched last April, Silks already is among the top 10 sports-themed NFT platforms on the Ethereum blockchain.