Jess Jackson, still glowing from Horse of the Year Curlin’s victory in the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I), struck early Monday night during the opening session of the Keeneland April Sale of 2-year-olds in training in Central Kentucky. The Kendall-Jackson wine mogul purchased a muscular gray Langfuhr colt for $700,000. WinStar Farm owners Bill Casner and Kenny Troutt were the immediate underbidders on the half-brother to this year's Fountain of Youth Stakes (gr. II) winner Cool Coal Man (by Mineshaft ), who is scheduled to run in Saturday’s Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland.
Produced from the winning 13-year-old Rubiano mare Coral Sea, the Langfuhr colt, which was hip No. 7 in the auction's catalog, also is a half-brother to added-money winner Kathleens Reel (by Lemon Drop Kid ). He worked an eighth of a mile in :9 3/5, which equaled the world record juvenile sale record for the distance,
Florida pinhooker Niall Brennan consigned the colt as agent. Brennan and Kentucky bloodstock agent Mike Ryan head the pinhooking partnership that owned the juvenile, When the colt brought $135,000 at last year’s Keeneland September yearling auction, Florida pinhooker Murray Smith signed the sale ticket, and Brennan and Ryan were the immediate underbidders. Brennan said that Smith asked them if they wanted the ticket because she had so many horses, and he and Brennan ended up with the colt.