A Stormy Atlantic colt was acquired for $500,000 by Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert on behalf of an undisclosed client during the Sept. 14 session of the Keeneland September yearling sale. The colt, who was the first yearling to reach the half-million mark that day, was consigned by Dromoland Farm, agent.
“He’s got a full brother that ran in California who is a really nice horse,” said Baffert of 5-year-old Coast Guard, who was a $300,000 Keeneland September yearling purchase and hit the board in both the 2008 Santa Anita Derby (gr. I) and Robert B. Lewis Stakes (gr. II). “(The yearling Stormy Atlantic colt) had all the looks and very good balance. He’s a beautiful specimen of a horse.”
The Stormy Atlantic yearling (Hip 228), who is also a half brother to stakes-placed runner Garifine, is out of the Royal Academy mare Vassar. The colt hails from the family of European and German champion Phin Street and Irish champions Saffron Walden, Listen, Sequoyah, and Henrythenavigator.
He was bred in Kentucky by Mike Akers’ Dapple Bloodstock and Gryphon Investments.