Cup o’ Joe, a handsome Medaglia d'Oro colt, became the highest priced horse sold so far at the Fasig-Tipton Florida select sale of 2-year-olds in training March 3 when he brought $1.6 million from John Ferguson, Sheikh Mohammed’s bloodstock manager. Ferguson outlasted Kaleem Shah, who was with trainer Bob Baffert, and the team of Ahmed Zayat and Satish Sanan in the early afternoon bidding battle at Calder Race Course.
Produced from the 18-year-old stakes-winning Bayou Hebert mare Bayou Plans, Cup o' Joe is a half-brother to Forego Handicap (gr. I) winner Midas Eyes (by Touch Gold), grade III winner Bayou's Lassie (by Outflanker), and stakes winner Bourbon n Blues (by Lycius).
“Obviously, this horse really performed well on the racetrack, just like he had to do to make that kind of money,” Ferguson said. “He’s a brother to very, very fast horse in Midas Eyes and by an exciting young horse. It’s very hard for the consignors to find 2-year-olds that stand out physically and on pedigree, and then go and do it on the racetrack. This horse, in my mind, impressed in every department. This is horse we just felt could be very effective next in the 3-year-old division.”
Ciaran and Amy Dunne’s Wavertree Stables consigned Cup o’ Joe for his breeder, Fred and Jane Brei's Florida-based Jacks Or Better Farm. The colt was a $325,000 buyback at the 2008 Keeneland September yearling sale. He worked an eighth of a mile in :10 3/5 prior to the Fasig-Tipton Florida auction.
“All the credit goes to Fred Brei at Jacks Or Better Farm,” Ciaran Dunne said. “Fred bred and raised the horse and started him. We’ve only had him for the last little bit. We got him about 30 days ago, and we just managed to stay out of his way the best we could. He’s always been a nice horse. He’s a big, rangy, two turn horse with a beautiful way of going.”