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Bullet Breezer Leads Classic Empire Offerings at OBS

The OBS Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds is set to be a big one for Classic Empire with 21 juveniles scheduled to go through the ring by the Champion 2-Year-Old.

Leading the charge at last week’s breeze show was Classic Empire’s bullet worker, Hip 317. Breezing the co-fastest quarter of the sale at :20.2 alongside a Cupid filly, the Classic Empire filly is out of a Tale of the Cat half-sister to Grade III winner and Grade I-placed Stays In Vegas and stakes winner Miss Technicality. Bred by Springhouse Farm and offered by Golden Rock Thoroughbreds, her granddam is a half-sister to Grade I winner Persistently with the filly’s fourth dam the champion mare and successful broodmare Heavenly Prize.

“She just repeated what she had been doing the last couple months at the farm where she showed a lot of talent on the dirt,” consigner Keiber Rengifo told Thoroughbred Daily News. “So we weren't surprised by the time she did over here at OBS because she was working unbelievably the last couple months. The way she worked today is the way she was training the last 60 days.”

Classic Empire also saw two 2-year-olds go in :21.0 with the first of that pair through the ring being Hip 208, a Hunter Valley Farm-bred half-brother to Grade I winner Keeper ofthe Stars. Keeper ofthe Stars added an update to the page in early April when winning her 2021 debut on April 3. There is Grade I form throughout this Lucan Bloodstock-offered colt’s page with his dam a half-sister to dual Grade I winner The Factor and his granddam a half-sister to multiple Grade I-placed Chief Seattle.

He was joined in the :21.0 club by a Blue River Bloodstock-offered Hip 291 out of the winning Tango Time. Bred by Town And Country Horse Farms and George Saufley, the filly is out of a full sister to stakes-placed Master Speaker with one of their half-sisters also the dam of Group I-placed Siendo Feliz. This filly’s page also includes Group I winners Refuse To Bend, Media Puzzle, Go And Go, and Casual Conquest among others.

Breezing a quarter in :21.1 is the first foal out of Femmen’fortune. A filly offered by Off The Hook as Hip 793, her third dam is Tempo. That mare is the dam of dual Grade I winner Union Rags and the granddam of multiple Group I winner Declaration Of War, Grade III winner War Correspondent, and stakes winner Vertiformer.

Clocking in the second fastest eighth of the sale at :10.0 were two Classic Empire runners – Hip 87 and 245.

Offered by de Meric Sales, Hip 87 is a half-sibling to four winners from five to race out of Remember. Remember is a half-sister to Grade I winner Dancing Forever and the dam of Grade III winner Carrumba. The family gets even better under his third dam with Grade I-placed granddam Dancinginmydreams a full sister to champion Heavenly Prize and Grade I winner Oh What A Windfall. The colt was bred by Dattt Farm and has seen multiple horses in his family place in races since the catalog was released.

Hip 245 from Sequel Bloodstock is a half-brother to Grade III-placed Harlands Thunder out of stakes placed Stormandaprayer. That mare is out of Grade I winner Stormy Pick, who has seen multiple daughters produce stakes horses. Bred by Lakland Farm, the colt is a half-brother to four winners from four to race with Stormandaprayer herself winning three of her starts.

Others to keep an eye on from Classic Empire’s offerings are Hip 502, a :10.1 breezing half-sister to stakes placed Emmeline out of an Uncle Mo half-sister to Canadian Horse of the Year Uncaptured; Hip 931, a half-brother to stakes winner Kenda; Hip 1093 out of a half-sister to Grade I winner Seattle Smooth; Hip 303 out of a half-sister to multiple graded stakes winner United; Hip 1191 out of Grade III winner Northern Passion; Hip 739, a three-quarter brother to stakes winner Conquest Top Gun out of a half-sister to the dam of Grade I winner Off The Tracks; Hip 703 out of a full sister to Grade I winner Data Link; and Hip 696, whose third dam is multiple Grade I winner Jersey Girl.

The OBS Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds takes place April 20 – 23, starting at 10:00 a.m. each day.