Youngsters by exciting freshman sire Majestic Warrior have been turning heads across North America this year, his colt from Counter Cat topping the Keeneland Two Year Olds in Training Sale when fetching $700,000.
A $135,000 purchase from the Fasig Tipton Keeneland July Yearling Sale last year, the colt was successfully pinhooked into this sale by Wavertree Stables, who were well rewarded when their star colt was knocked down to George Bolton and Stonestreet Stables.
“He’s an awesome colt,” said Ciaran Dunne of Wavertree Stables.
“He’s stunning, and has been absolutely outstanding all year. We were thrilled [with the price]. He far exceeded our expectations when we led him up here.”
The colt breezed in impressive fashion, coasting over a furlong in 10 seconds flat.
“He’s a fast horse–he went fast, and he galloped out fast,” said John Moynihan, acting on behalf of George Bolton and partner Barbara Banke’s Stonestreet Stable.
“He kind of looked like a good A.P. Indy. We were the underbidder on the filly earlier [Majestic Warrior filly, who went for $400,000], and we liked both her and this colt a lot.
“Majestic Warrior is off to a good start. The ones I’ve seen have a tremendous amount of A.P. Indy in them. If an A.P. Indy looked like this horse today, he’d have brought a fortune. Not that this horse didn’t bring a fortune. But I think it’s rare you see an A.P. Indy-line horse work that fast, and we’re excited about him.”
The colt is a half-brother to Japanese stakes-placed performer Under Counter from the unraced Hennessy mare Counter Cat, a daughter of stakes-winner Ticket Counter.
Majestic Warrior also scored a hit with his filly from South African Baby that made $400,000 for Eddie Woods when snapped up by Hill ‘n’ Dale Bloodstock and will be trained by Bob Baffert.
She too was a successful pinhook having been sourced from the 2011 Keeneland September Yearling Sale for $115,000.