Saratoga Sale Topper Wins in Debut in Ireland

Fighting Brave posts victory at Dundalk.

Fighting Brave, who brought the sale-topping price of $2 million at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling auction, made his career debut a winning one at Dundalk in Ireland Oct. 4. The Storm Cat  colt, which was produced from the grade III-winning Mr. Prospector mare Get Lucky, didn’t get the lead until there was less than a furlong remaining in the seven-furlong race, but still was able to draw away by 1 ¾ lengths.

Trained by Aidan O’Brien and ridden by Colm O'Donoghue, Fighting Brave is owned by Susan Magnier, Derrick Smith, and Michael Tabor. Bred in Kentucky by Ben P. Walden Jr., Philip J. Steinberg, and Racehorse Management, the colt was consigned by Gracefield, agent, to the Saratoga sale, where he was purchased by M.V. Magnier.

Fighting Brave is a half-brother to grade II winner Daydreaming (by A.P. Indy), grade III winner Accelerator (by A.P. Indy), Canadian stakes winner Harborage (by Monarchos), and She's A Winner (by A.P. Indy), the dam of grade I winner Bluegrass Cat   (by Storm Cat),  grade II winner Lord of the Game (by Saint Ballado), and stakes winner Sonoma Cat  (by Storm Cat). Baccari Bloodstock, agent, purchased Fighting Brave’s yearling full brother for $650,000 from Pauls Mill, agent, at this year’s Saratoga select auction.