Florida-based stallion Spanish Steps had a breakout day Monday during the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company’s select yearling sale, as he emerged as not only the leading first-crop sire but also the second-leading sire by average.
Nine yearlings sired by Spanish Steps went through the ring, with two going unsold. The seven others sold for a total of $560,000. The $80,000 average represented a healthy return over the stallion’s $5,000 stud fee in 2005 when this year’s crop of yearlings was conceived. His 2007 fee was $10,000.
An unraced 6-year-old full brother to major sire Unbridled's Song, Spanish Steps stands at Eddie Martin’s Martin Stables South in Reddick, Fla. In 2006, four weanlings from Spanish Steps’ first crop were sold at public auction for an average price of $58,750. Previous to Monday, the stallion had been represented by four yearlings to change hands in 2007, for an average price of $4,500.
Top price paid for a Spanish Steps yearling was the $200,000 bid from agent Nick de Meric for Hip No. 42, a colt produced from the unraced Ogygian mare Poquito Polly. The dam of grade III winner Feisty Countess, Poquito Polly was acquired by Martin for $50,000 at the 2004 OBSC October mixed sale while in foal to Stormy Atlantic. The colt was bred in Florida by, and consigned by, Martin Stables.
The top-priced Spanish Steps filly sold Monday was Hip No. 19, also purchased by agent de Meric, for $130,000. Also bred and consigned by Martin Stables, the filly was produced from the winning Relaunch mare Ms. Cuvee Napa, who was acquired by Martin for $120,000 at the 2005 Keeneland January mixed sale while pregnant to Harlan's Holiday.
According to The Jockey Club Report of Mares Bred, Spanish Steps was bred to 101 mares during his inaugural season of 2005. With the breed registry receiving reports from 68 mares, the stallion’s first crop consisted of 60 registered foals. He was bred to 82 mares in 2006, according to The Jockey Club.