Saratoga Sale Topper in Training

Kinsella, the $2.2-million sale-topper at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling auction, is in training with Todd Pletcher and could make his racing debut late this year.

“He had a problem about six weeks ago, and we had to take a chip out of an ankle – not a biggie,” Barry Irwin of Team Valor International, which owns the colt, said July 9.

Kinsella is out of the 7-year-old King of Kings mare Win My Heart, who is a half-sister to graded winner Secret Liaison. Other members of the colt’s family include champion Sacahuista, grade I winners Geri and Raging Fever, and  European group I winner Ekraar.

“He was pretty big last year, but fortunately, he did not keep growing,” Irwin said. “That was my major concern about him, and he sort of leveled off. He’s good-sized, but he’s not, like, crazy big.

"He wasn’t as precocious as Pletcher thought he might be, and we probably were going to reach a point where we backed off of him anyway. But then he just had a setback one morning, and we went in there and just basically took out one chip and flushed out everything. He had some debris in there, and we just flushed it out. I think you’ll see him (race) at the end of the Churchill’s fall meet, maybe.”

 

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