Exciting young sire Stay Thirsty produced one of the highlight lots at the OBS April 2YO Sale on Friday when a colt from Miner’s Secret sold for $575,000.
Consigned by Kirkwood Stables, the colt was bought by bloodstock agent Steven Young on behalf of Robert LaPenta.
Robert LaPenta has campaigned the likes of Grade I Florida Derby winners Dialed In and Ice Box; and Grade I Belmont Stakes winner DaTara.
LaPenta’s Whitehorse Stables purchased Stay Thirsty for $160,000 as a yearling at the 2009 Keeneland September sale and sold him to Mike Repole for $500,000 at the following year’s Fasig-Tipton Florida 2-Year-Olds in Training sale, so he an affinity with the young stallion.
“He’s a very good two-turn horse, who trained great for the sale and we have had luck with the pedigree on the bottom side,” Young commented on the colt, who breezed out in :21.1.
“It makes it hard in a fourday sale to wait on the colt you like the best, but it all worked out and I hope he goes ahead and builds on what he’s done here.”
Bred by Michael Connelly, the star colt is a half-brother to $475,000 2013 OBS March buy Conquest Titan, who broke his maiden in that term’s Swynford Stakes at Woodbine and finished second in the 2014 Grade II Holy Bull Stakes.
Given his pedigree, Young was not surprised that there was plenty of competition for the.’’
“Without overanaylzing anything, he’s by a sire that’s owned by Mike [Repole] and he’s a half-brother to a horse that sold here a couple of years ago that did very well for Mark Casse,” Young said.
“The recipe to be a popular horse was there. I think Stay Thirsty is a horse who was unfortunate to be, perhaps, in Uncle Mo’s shadow,” Young remarked.
“They were in the same barn, same owner, same trainer. [Stay Thirsty] was a good 2-year-old. He showed that [when second] in the [GI] Hopeful [S.] as a baby. He was durable and could run a mile and half in the [GI] Belmont and a mile and quarter in the [GI] Jockey Club Gold Cup. He was a very good horse. I didn’t have a whole lot of expectations about him coming to a 2-year-old training sale, but they trained very, very good as a group and obviously we thought this was the best of them.”-