Classic Empire Paddock

Classic Empire Quartet Joined By Cupid Colt at Fasig-Tipton

Champion 2-Year-Old Classic Empire sees four 2-year-olds from his first crop take the stage on Wednesday at the Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream Sale where only 186 horses are on offered, kicked off by Cupid’s Hip 2.

Scanlon Training And Sales consigns the first of the group on behalf of Excel Bloodstock as Hip 72. A $125,000 yearling purchase by Bruno DeBerdt from Hunter Valley Farm, the filly was bred by Camas Park Stud. Out of the stakes-placed mare Auction, her second dam is multiple group winner Exhibit One, who is also the dam of multiple group winner Maitres d’Art. From the family of leading sire Zamindar, the filly is bred on a cross that has seen Pioneerof the Nile and sons sire eight winners from 12 runners out of Mr. Greeley mares.

Buyers don’t have to wait long for the next Classic Empire offering with SBM Training & Sales sending out a :10.2 breezer out of Grade II-placed Bold Quality. The second foal out of his dam, the Steven and Brandi Nicholson-bred colt was a $140,000 yearling purchase last October. Each of his first three dams have either won or placed in stakes with his second and third dams doing both.

Hip 107 offered by Crane Thoroughbred Services as agent was bred by Jumping Jack Racing out of the multiple stakes-placed Enchante. Enchante is also the dam of Uncle Mo’s multiple graded stakes winner and Grade I-placed Envoutante. There are 12 stakes horses named under his first four dams with his great-granddam Abrade a full-sister to champion Forty Niner. Out of a Storm Cat granddaughter, he’s bred on the same Pioneerof the Nile son x Storm Cat granddaughter cross as Grade II winner New And Improved, Grade III winner Cairo Cat and three other stakes winners – with two of those by American Pharoah.

Of course, Pioneerof the Nile bred to Storm Cat granddaughters is also the cross that produced both American Pharoah and Classic Empire.

Late in the sale is Classic Empire’s final offering, a colt out of Mriya as Hip 177. Offered by Randy Bradshaw, the colt was highly regarded and RNAed at $345,000 as a yearling. Bred by RMJ Stables, he breezed :10.2 and is out of a half-sister to stakes winner Crafty Daddy. There are stakes winners under his second, third, and fourth dams with his great-granddam the 10-time and Grade II winner Shawklit Mint.

Cupid’s only offering at this sale kicks off the show as Hip 2. Breezing in :10.1 on Monday, the Bob and Alice Austin-bred is consigned by L G Agent.

The colt out of Queen Congie is a half-brother to Munnings’ multiple stakes winner and Grade II-placed King Kranz. Out of a half-sister to two stakes winners, the colt has an update with another of his dam’s siblings the dam of stakes placed Wise Anchor – who is also by a Tapit son. Queen Congie is a half-sister to stakes winner and Grade I-placed King Congie and stakes winner Chicks Dig Scars with three more stakes winners under this colt’s third dam.

Wednesday’s sale kicks off at 2:00 p.m. ET with for the second 2-year-old sale of the season.