Broodmarathon -- Forever Jamie at OBS

For today's Thoroughbred broodmare sales catalog offering, let's travel about 750 miles down I-75 South from Lexington's Keeneland sales pavilion to the Ocala Breeders' Sales complex in Ocala.  Better remind me to stop though -- I'm liable to want to make it an even 1,000 miles and wind up on the Gulf Coast for a bit of beach time.

OBS is holding its Fall Mixed sale Oct. 6 to 8.  I looked through the Consignor Preferred listings (Day 1) and identified several hips that look especially interesting.  I'll mention one today and probably another as the sale starts.

Some stats on this broodmare:

Hip #211 (catalog page, pedigree), a 5-year-old mare named Forever Jamie, sells Mon., Oct. 6, 2008  at the OBS Fall mixed sale
  • Thoroughbred female family:  23-b
  • Race record:  one place and one show from seven starts for total earnings of $6.295
  • Produce record: currently carrying first foal
  • Covering sire:  Holy Bull (SRO).  2008 yearling average: $45,953 (median $30,000).  2008 stud fee:  $15,000. 

I like Forever Jamie's strong female family.  Her second dam produced Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner and 3-year-old champion filly Winning Colors; her third dam gave us Filly Triple Crown winner and 3-year-old champion filly Chris Evert.  I also suspect that her young sire, Point Given (SRO), will emerge as a popular broodmare sire and will be seen as an important stamina influence along the lines of Pleasant Colony or Dynaformer (SRO).

The outcross breeding to Holy Bull looks to be promising.  In the future, I'd like to see Forever Jamie sent to Alphabet Soup (SRO) -- the A++ TrueNicks rating confirms that this cross has worked before -- to pick up on the Caro (IRE) male line.  Alphabet Soup is nice and convenient as he stands in Florida.

What do you think about the mare?  The decision to breed her to a "tried-and-true" stallion for her first foal?  The total outcross in her five-cross pedigree?

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