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Game of Silks: Classy colt by Medaglia d’Oro likely to top Silks auction
This week’s group of 10 horses up for auction in Game of Silks includes a number of well-bred juveniles from productive families, but one stands out. A Medaglia d’Oro colt from a family of stakes winners that includes Rachel Alexandra likely will top the auction, but there’s something to like about each of these 2-year-olds.
Silks auctions give owners a chance to build their stables for the game’s inaugural racing season, which begins in April, when Keeneland traditionally holds the year’s first races for 2-year-olds. The juveniles have a $500 reserve price, and two horses’ auctions typically end each day Tuesday through Saturday.
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Here’s a look at this week’s group:
● 2021 CH CH CHERRY BOMB – This colt, sired by Karakontie, sold for $9,000 as a yearling. Karakontie won a Group 1 stakes race in France as a juvenile, then captured the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Mile at age 3, eventually retiring with $1.97 million in earnings. Last year, Karakontie got $2.97 million in progeny earnings to rank 16th among North American stallions who had four crops of racing-age foals.
Ch Ch Cherry Bomb was winless in three starts and has produced four foals of racing age, with two winners. She’s a full sister to Grade 2 stakes winner Together Indy and stakes winner Can’t Explain, who are among six winners produced by the second dam, or maternal grandmother, I Ain’t P T. Third dam I Ain’t Bluffing was a Grade 1 winner who earned $582,069 and produced Grade 2 winner Acting Happy.
● 2021 FAR ISLE – A $17,000 purchase, this colt was sired by Speightster, an Ontario stallion who was put down last year after he kicked his stall and broke a leg. Speightster got $6.88 million in progeny earnings last year, third among North American stallions with three crops of racing age. In 2021, Speightster ranked fifth among second-crop sires with $4.28 million in progeny earnings.
Injuries limited Speightster to only four starts, but he had three victories, including the Grade 3 Dwyer Stakes in 2015, and earned $368,800.
Far Isle, a daughter of Indian Charlie, won two races. She’s produced five foals of racing age, with two winners, including Grade 3 winner Faraway Kitten. This juvenile colt’s third dam produced Unbridled’s Song, a celebrated racehorse and breed-shaping stallion.
● 2021 MISS SPINKS – This $9,000 Virginia-bred filly will be eligible for purse bonuses and races restricted to horses bred in that state. She’s from the first crop sired by World of Trouble, who finished second in the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint and returned the following year to win all four of his races, including the Grade 1 Jaipur Invitational and Grade 1 Carter Handicap, retiring with $1.26 million in earnings.
Miss Spinks, an unraced daughter of Rock Hard Ten, has produced six foals of racing age, with three winners. Second dam Cinnamon Sugar is a Grade 2 winner and the dam of three winners. Third dam Sugar and Spice was a Grade 1 winner who produced five winners, including stakes winner Sure Turn.
● 2021 OUTRAGEOUS MISS – A filly named Outrageously, this daughter of Practical Joke sold for $57,000. Practical Joke got $7.63 million in progeny earnings last year to rank second among North American stallions who had two crops of racing age. He also was the second-leading freshman stallion of 2021 with $2.18 million in progeny earnings. In both years, he trailed only 2017 Horse of the Year Gun Runner in the standings.
Practical Joke won the Grade 1 Hopeful and Grade 1 Champagne stakes as a juvenile in 2016. He added a score in the Grade 1 H. Allen Jerkens Stakes the following year, retiring with $1.8 million in earnings.
Outrageously is the first foal from Outrageous Miss, an unraced daughter of Bernardini. The second and third dams each won three races, and they’ve produced six winners combined. Through fourth dam Our Seattle Star, this filly is related to Grade 1 winner Seattle Smooth.
● 2021 TWO COLUMBUS – This Maryland-bred colt, named Rapid Punch, will be eligible for purse bonuses and lucrative races exclusively for horses bred in that state. A $50,000 purchase, he was sired by Madefromlucky. That stallion got $701,307 in progeny earnings last year, ranking 17th among Maryland studs and 32nd among North American second-crop sires.
Madefromlucky won a pair of Grade 2 stakes as a 3-year-old and retired with $1.35 million in earnings.
Two Columbus, sired by Two Punch, won five races and earned $149,281. She’s produced five foals of racing age, with three winners, including stakes winner Double Crown. Second dam Indy Go Go has produced six winners, including stakes winner Raise the Bluff. Third dam Dixie Accent was a stakes winner who produced nine winners, including stakes winners Mumbo Jumbo and King of Dixie.
● 2021 K.D.’S SHADY LADY – Prominent trainer Dale Romans bought this colt for $50,000 on behalf of a client. He was sired by Oscar Performance, a son of the record-breaking turf sire Kitten’s Joy. Oscar Performance was brilliant on grass, winning four Grade 1 stakes, including the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf, and earning $2.35 million.
Last year, Oscar Performance’s 2-year-olds made $1.54 million at the track, placing him eighth among North America’s freshman stallions.
K. D.’s Shady Lady placed in stakes races and is the dam of eight winners from 11 foals of racing age, including Grade 1 winner Lady of Fifty and stakes winners Lady Fifty Two and Forestry Steel.
● 2021 ENAYA ALRABB – A $500,000 purchase, this colt was sired by the great Medaglia d’Oro, a Grade 1 winner who earned $5.75 million. Medaglia d’Oro ranks third in North American racing history with $155.1 million in progeny earnings, including $8.21 million from last year, when he ranked 28th among stallions.
Enaya Alrabb, a daughter of Uncle Mo, placed in a Grade 1 stakes race, and this is her first foal. Second dam Lotta Rhythm is a stakes winner who’s produced five winners. Third dam Kim’s Blues is related to racing royalty since her stakes-winning daughter Lotta Kim produced 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra. Kim’s Blues won four races and has produced nine winners, including stakes winner High Blues.
● 2021 TOTALLY TUCKER – A colt named Backstretch, this son of Uncle Mo sold for $30,000. The champion juvenile male of 2010, Uncle Mo won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and Grade 1 Champagne Stakes before illness derailed his career. He got $14.5 million in progeny earnings last year to rank sixth among North American stallions.
Totally Tucker, a daughter of Elusive Quality, won two races. She’s produced six foals of racing age, with three winners, including Grade 3 stakes winners Totally Boss and Super Steed. Second dam Champagne Royal produced Grade 1 winners Majestic Harbor and Danza.
● 2021 TONI’S HOLLYDAY – Sired by Liam’s Map, this colt sold for $205,000. Liam’s Map won the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile in 2015 and retired with $1.36 million in earnings. He got $7.09 million in progeny earnings last year, ranking fifth among North America’s fourth-crop stallions.
Toni’s Hollyday won three races and has produced four foals of racing age, with two winners, including stakes winner Chi Town Lady. Second dam May Day Vow is a stakes winner, and third dam May Day Bluff produced six winners, including Grade 3 winner May Day Rose.
● 2021 HIGHLAND LADY – Purchased for $19,000, this son of Collected is named Garnet Jubilee. Collected got $871,549 in progeny earnings last year, ranking 15th among North America’s freshman stallions. He won the Grade 1 Pacific Classic in 2017 and finished second to Gun Runner in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
Garnet Jubilee is the first foal from Highland Lady, a daughter of First Samurai who was winless in four starts. Second dam Kristi With a K won three races, placed in a Grade 3 stakes and produced the stakes winners Highland Sky and Highland Glory. The third dam produced Grade 1 winner Bit of Whimsy, while the fourth dam produced Grade 1 winners Miss Josh and Royal Mountain Inn, along with Grade 3 winners Highland Springs and Highland Crystal.
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.