Broodmarathon: Given Terms Offers Opportunity to Obtain Barbaro's Family

Many pedigree pundits mourn the loss of Barbaro from the perspective of his sire-line legacy: he would have been heir apparent to Dynaformer. (I'm still partial to Purim to fill this role.) But Barbaro also was the best representative of an outstanding female family, that of La Reine Rouge.

La Reine Rouge was a stakes winner and sister to a graded winner. Her produce includes two stakes winners (one graded) in addition to Barbaro's grade II-placed dam. Additionally, no fewer than four of La Reine Rouge's eight daughters are stakes producers.

Given Terms (Private Terms--La Reine Rouge) is not one of them. In fact, she never managed a win. But she was an attractive broodmare candidate because of her strong catalog page, and she has had several opportunities with mid-range stallions. I think it's fair to say she's been solid, but certainly not exceptional, in her role as a producer. All of her foals of racing age have started and two of her runners are iron horses: Fire It Up (2002 Chester House gelding) raced 38 times including 17 starts as a 4-year-old, and 10-year-old Shrewd Stipulation (2000 Crafty Prospector gelding) already has added 10 starts to his record this year. The sprinter now shows 72-14-19-7 lifetime with $324,174 earnings.

Hip #3601 (catalog page, pedigree), a 15-year-old mare named GIVEN TERMS, sells Wed., Nov. 17, 2010 at the Keeneland November mixed sale

  • Thoroughbred female family:  16-h
  • Race record:  9-0-1-1. Earned $8,655.
  • Produce record: dam of eight foals, six of racing age, six runners, four winners.
  • Sale history:  $47,000 RNA as a 1995 Keeneland November weanling; $70,000 as a 1996 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga yearling; $62,000 RNA as a 1997 Barretts March 2-year-old; $80,000 as a 1999 Keeneland November broodmare (IFT Crafty Prospector); $16,000 RNA as a 2005 Keeneland November broodmare (IFT Cuvee); $40,000 RNA as a 2006 Keeneland November broodmare (IFT More Than Ready).
  • Covering sire: Visionaire

Clearly, at 15 and without black type in her produce history, Given Terms is not going to attract interest from commercial breeders. Make no mistake, this is one of the culls that top breeders make every year as they evaluate their stock. But serious breed-to-race operations that want to infuse their breeding operations with pedigree class at a budget might wish to take a look.  The bloodlines are royal top and bottom. I'll estimate that Given Terms--"aunt" of Barbaro--can be obtained for a $7,000 to $10,000 final bid, which easily could be a bargain just for the carried foal. (For reference: last year's Session 10 average was $8,431 and median was $6,000.)

By the way:  want to see what Given Terms produces?  While you're at the sale, you can also take a look at hip 4309, her 2010 weanling filly by Horse Greeley.

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