Bloodstock Investments continued to add to its portfolio of pinhook prospects, going to $200,000 to acquire a weanling from the first crop of Carpe Diem during the sixth session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
Consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency as Hip 1810, the chestnut colt born April 27 of this year was bred in New York by WinStar Farm. The colt was produced from the winning Latent Heat mare Hot Spa, a half sister to group 2 winner Mendip and stakes winner Dig Deep. The colt's third dam, Chaposa Springs, was a Baldski mare whose 14 wins from 23 starts included the Test and Ballerina Stakes (both grade 1).
Katie Taylor, who handles investor relations at Taylor Made and organized and manages Bloodstock Investments, said the colt compared favorably to an Uncle Mo colt the group bought in a transaction that turned out well.
"They just look a lot like—they have the same body, same type, and (are) correct—and (have) a lot of room for improvement," Taylor said. "We're happy with him."
The horsewoman said she has been impressed by the offspring of Carpe Diem, who stands at WinStar for a 2018 fee of $25,000.
"I have a seen a bunch of them at this sale and he is my favorite (first-crop sire)," she said. "They all have a racey look to them and are well-balanced. I like a horse with a three-dimensional shoulder and the neck comes out and he seems to throw that a lot.
"I think he is going to get it done."
With 11 horses purchased at the Keeneland auction for nearly $1.6 million, Bloodstock Investments, which primarily buys weanlings to re-sell as yearlings next year, increased its portfolio to 19 horses, Taylor said. This is the fifth package put together for investing partners by Bloodstock Investments.
"It keeps growing," she said of the partnership. "We get more and more people who have never owned horses before. They keep joining and it's a fun experience. I'm glad they'll have more horses to follow (at the sales) next year."