Ric's Pics: Potential Overbrook Stars at Keeneland


One of the highlights of the Keeneland September yearling sale, which begins Sept. 14 in Lexington, will be the Overbrook Farm dispersal with its royally-bred young horses. Ric Waldman, a key Overbrook consultant, talked recently about which yearlings he thought would be the stars of the dispersal, which is being handled by Eaton Sales.


Hip No. 9, a colt by Storm Cat - Referendum, by Unbridled.

"He is out of a young half-sister to grade I winner Jersey Girl," Waldman said. "He's a good individual. He has good size to him; he's stout. He's muscular. He's a big, strong colt. The mare has a good Forest Wildcat weanling colt and is in foal to Pulpit."


Hip No. 58, a filly by Storm Cat - Wandesta, by Nashwan.

"She's out of a multiple grade I-winning champion, and she is the byproduct of foal-sharing with Juddmonte," Waldman said. "This filly is beautifully balanced, and she has a pretty head. She has a big back end on her, a big quarter. She's just a real nice filly. None of the Juddmonte families were often offered for public acquistion, so we were fortunate to breed into this and buyers will be fortunate to be able to buy into it."


Hip No. 128, a filly by Storm Cat - Firmness, by Devil's Bag.

"We've had two Storm Cats out of the mare, and this is the better of the two," Waldman said. "She's tall enough and probably a little larger than you might expect for a Storm Cat. She's probably going to grow into a much larger filly than you would expect for Storm Cat. Storm Cat has worked remarkably with this family. (The filly's second dam produced grade III winners Country Cat and Caress, both by Storm Cat, and Irish group III winner Bernstein, by Storm Cat. Caress is the dam of grade I winner Sky Mesa.) We did a foal share with Harbor View, and they got Caress and we got Country Cat."


Hip No. 169, a filly by Ghostzapper - Lasting Appeal, by A.P. Indy.

"She's the first foal out of a full sister to (grade II winner) Jump Start, Lasting Appeal," Waldman said. "Lasting Appeal only raced once and then tore a suspensory, but she was very talented. She broke her maiden impressively at Belmont Park and was going to jump straight into a graded stakes company. This is a very nicely balanced filly. She has a beautiful head and a big, strong back end. She has strong gaskins and quarters."


Hip No. 223, a colt by Distorted Humor --- Sanibel Island, by Capote.

"He's very nice colt out of a daugther of (champion and champion producer) Flanders," Waldman said. "He's got a very strong quarter on him and is deep through his stifles. He's very nicely balanced, and he carries his head well. The mare has produced runners. (Grade III-stakes-placed) Island Warrior, a half-brother to this colt, is still running and has won over $350,000. The mare has a very nice Street Cry weanling."


Hip No. 698, a colt by Mr. Greeley - Harbor Springs, by Vice Regent.

"Harbor Springs is the dam of Boston Harbor, who was a champion and another stakes winner, Cloudburst," Waldman said. "This colt is a May foal, but he still has a lot of height. He's really well balanced and has a real good hind leg. He's well-muscled. Mr. Greeley so often breeds a good horse and this mare breeds a big foal, so it's no surprise how this colt has turned out for a May foal. The mare has a really good Foresty weanling colt and is in foal to Street Boss."


Hip No. 885, a filly by Elusive Quality - Summer Raven, by Summer Squall.

"She's a really nice filly, and the mare, who was a graded stakes winner,  has a really good Pulpit weanling filly" Waldman said. "The mare's first foal is an Unbridled's Song 2-year-old named Winslow Homer and he was a very impressive maiden-special-weight winner at Saratoga. This filly is strong, and her knees are set on well. She has good size to her."


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A filly from the brilliant but unsound Ghostzapper with a dam who also had a short racing career (1 start)because of injury? Doesn't bode so well for her as far as soundness issues go. Breeders continue to breed to unsound stallions, with unsound mares. No wonder horses physically just dont' hold up like they used to. I would never buy a horse based on bloodlines if I had any suspicions about soundness. There is nothing worse than a horse breaking down.

04 Sep 2009 2:22 PM

@ Smarie

To be fair I don't think tearing a suspensory is a sign of genetic weakness. Ghostzapper having only one winner (a stakes winner, yes, but one winner nonetheless) this late in the year is probably more a cause for worry in the commercial market, but let's see how his first crop does next year. I do admit to being skeptical of his overall success as a sire because of he was so fragile, though.

05 Sep 2009 1:18 AM

sorry too hear about gone west a good stallion more seem to be dying of colic is there a reason

08 Sep 2009 5:41 PM

Our sport will miss Overbrook & the Young family. They, like the Lewis's, brought a much needed boost to our sport. They will be sorely missed.

10 Sep 2009 5:28 PM

He was 25 and most of the others who die of complications from colic surgery were old too.  wouldnt look into it too much.  25 is up there

10 Sep 2009 8:38 PM

When was the last time Overbrook bred a good horse?  It must have been in the 1990's because there have been none lately.

11 Sep 2009 11:13 AM

Where these people get the money that is often wasted on unsound purchases is beyond me

17 Sep 2009 11:53 AM

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