The Perfect Following

A fun experience has been following the developing 2YOs of newer stallions.  My co-worker Marta encouraged me to pick a Stallion with a first crop of two-year-olds coming up in the world.  So I took up this suggestion and have found the experience fun and educational.

This task has taught me a lot about how to follow horses in the industry, some naming conventions used and how to follow a horse from beginning, to their maiden debut on the track.  Following these horses also allows you to create a bond and develop with the horse, if that is something that interests you.  You will start to see how successful the sire will be through the success of his offspring, meaning if you watch the 2YOs win a lot of races, or vice versa, you will see if you should breed with him in the future and you will see how his stud fee changes.  It is fun to also examine how the horse is bred to produce specific traits or qualities, for example sprinters or turf prone offspring.

To do this, pick a stallion prospect who will have a crop of 2YOs coming up.  Create a document/database (ex. excel, word) to record this information in.  I would recommend a Spreadsheet software.  You look up all the registered two year olds you can find, try http://www.pedigreequery.com/...we have the luxury of having a nice research database here, so that could be challenging for you.  Record all the horses both named and unnamed born in 2006 and type their info into your document.  Make sure you record their Dam, so when the 2YOs are named, you can find their dam and type in the name.

When horses are starting to be named, go to a website that hosts a virtual stable.  DRF, Equibase and Brisknet have such services.  I would keep them separate from any other stables that may have horses you tend to follow regularly.  The reason you input their names is so you can be notified by email when they begin to work out and train.

The Sire I chose was Prefect Soul (IRE).  Again, partially because of the name, but a nice pedigree with some Irish on the side, since I have some Irish blood in me.  Perfect Soul is by Sadler's Wells out of Ball Chairman.

Another reason I chose him was he has had several good races at Keeneland.  The races were the Shadwell Keeneland Turf Mile  Stakes and the Maker's Mark Mile Stakes, both of which he finished first, he raced the Shadwell Keeneland Turf Mile two different years, only winning one year.  His record was 21-7-5-1.  Which means of 21 starts he finished 1st seven times, placed 2nd five times and shown 3rd one time.  A lifetime earnings of $1,527,764. 9 graded stakes.

He has sold 2 colts in 2008 Auctions with an average of $48,150 thus far
- OBS Feb. Out of Turn on the Charm - $95,000
- not sure about the second auction

Two horses have worked out for him so far as well.

March 3, 2008 he had his first 2YO to workout:
Almost Perfect F CH out of Almost Mystical (1993) at Mercury Equine Center
Dirt for 2 Furlongs, Breezing at 0:25.2 with a Fast track condition.

March 27, 2008 he had his second 2YO to workout:
Perfect Shower C DK B out of Showering (1991) at Payson Park
Dirt for 2 Furlongs, Breezing 0:24.8 with a Fast track condition.

UPDATE May 22, 2008: 

I have created a permanent page of information on Perfect Soul for you all to have a single place to go. So whether I post blog updates or not, you can view his information here:

The Perfect Soul Page

Side Note:

Sugar Britches is a half-sister to one of Perfect Soul's 2YOs. 

Sugar Britches just raced in a Maiden race at Gulfstream Park.  Sugar Britches had started 5 times and finished 3rd once.  She has earned $6,460.

Their Dam is Unchecked. 

Perfect Unbridal    F    B    2006    Perfect Soul (IRE) (1998) Unchecked (1998) Unraced 


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The Five-Cross Files

My choice is Seattle Fitz (ARG). He's not one of the "big name" freshman sires right now, but I'm predicting good things for this grandson of Cipayo (ARG).

You can read some more thoughts on Seattle Fitz on The Five-Cross Files:  here and here.

Great way to really get into racing, Adam -- good idea!

31 Mar 2008 10:43 AM
Laura

Adam~I think you made a good choice to follow Perfect Soul-I witnessed his races @ Keeneland- he holds the track record on the turf course at a mile.  Any grandson of Secretariat is good in my book!  I continue to enjoy your tales-keep them coming!  ~Laura

01 Apr 2008 6:18 PM
aspradling

Scot, feel free to post your findings on Seattle Fitz here if you wish.  

Laura, I am excited and a little jealous you saw Perfect Soul racing, I wish I could have seen him break the Turf record for a Mile.  I really tend to like Turf races and Turf bound horses.  Who would you choose to follow?  

02 Apr 2008 8:21 AM
Laura

Hi Adam~Perfect Soul was awesome to see!  I would likely follow Speightstown-he's a really good-looking individual with great bloodlines.  Apparently his offspring have already been selling well at auction.  The two I will definitely be watching in the future are Bluegrass Cat & Bernardini!!  ~Laura

03 Apr 2008 9:46 AM
jdn

While it seems a little cliche, I will be following the offspring of Smarty Jones. As one of my favorite all-time runners, I am anxious to see if he can duplicate his talent and perserverance.  

07 Apr 2008 10:57 AM
aspradling

Laura, I am a fan of Bernadini =)

JDN, following Smarty Jones is not cliche at all.  He is a great horse and has a lot to offer.  Actually, if you read our Maiden Watch blog at all, they are following all the Smarty Jones 2YO.  You should really check that out!

07 Apr 2008 3:22 PM
Carol

I am also a fan of Perfect Soul.  We have a colt named 'One Lucky Soul' training well at Laurel

22 May 2008 8:02 AM
Mark

Come over to Fasig Tipton KY July Select Sale and take a look at Sassy Soul Hip 284 in the Darby Dan Consignment. She is by Perfect Soul out of my Two Punch Mare I'm No Cyinc. For Pedigree fans take a look at this one.

4X5 Native Dancer

5X5 Rase a Native

5X5 Nasrula

5X5 Lulan

The dam has Roberto and Riverman in her Pedigree so she looks good on all surfaces.

Clean A scope & xrays - a beautiful grey/roan filly

10 Jul 2008 2:02 PM
aspradling

I will see if I can stop by, I may be doing a Data Digest update.

10 Jul 2008 3:37 PM

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