New Jersey bloodstock agent Buzz Chace was a new buyer at the Goffs Orby yearling sale in Ireland on the opening day of the auction Sept. 29. Acting on behalf of longtime client West Point Thoroughbreds, he purchased a Holy Roman Emperor colt for 140,000 euros ($204,879 in U.S. funds) from Camas Park Stud and an Ad Valorem colt for 50,000 euros ($73,171) from Ashtown House Stud.
“The facilities are beautiful, and I haven’t had a bad meal since I’ve been here,” Chace said. “The people couldn’t be nicer; everybody is upbeat.”
Chace said he was invited to attend the auction by Goffs’ American representative, Sean Clancy. West Point president Terry Finley also made the trip to Ireland.
“We’ve seen a lot of very nice horses,” Chace said.
The Ad Valorem colt was the second horse in the sale ring during the auction’s first session. Produced from the 11-year-old winning Exit to Nowhere mare Queenliness, he is a half-brother to the winner Up In Arms (by Daggers Drawn). Their dam is a half-sister to Scandinavian champion Tawoos (by Rainbow Quest) and French stakes winner Supercilious (by Zafonic).
The son of Holy Roman Emperor is the first foal out of the 5-year-old unraced Mr. Greeley mare Ting a Greeley, whose dam, Ting a Folie (by Careafolie), was group II winner in Argentina. Ting a Folie’s other offspring include Bastakiya (by Dubai Destination), a winner who finished third in the 2008 E.B.F. National Stud Boadicea Fillies’ Stakes in England.
Ad Valorem was a champion in Ireland and a group I winner in England. The son of Danzig finished third in the 2006 Woodbine Mile Stakes (Can-IT). Holy Roman Emperor (by Danehill) was a champion in France. He was a group I winner in that country as well as in Ireland.
“Both are by first-year sires,” said Chace of his purchases. “The Holy Roman Emperor colt is a very good individual. The Ad Valorem colt is a very nice looking horse. He’s young; he’s an April foal. Not that he’s small now, but he’s still going to grow some. Both horses most likely will go to America, and they should really fit because of the way things are going with Polytrack. With the Polytrack, dirt, and turf, there will be a lot of options open to them.”
Chace said he and Finley are scheduled to remain in Ireland until Oct. 1. They plan to shop during the second session of the Goffs sale Sept. 30.
“We might buy one or two more if we can get the prices we are looking for,” Chace said. “Racing in Europe could be a possibility for any horses that we might buy tomorrow.”