Our Perfect Ten hasn’t had a perfect trip to Keeneland for the sale of 2-year-olds in training. Because of a shoeing mishap, her consignors, Dean De Renzo and Randy Hartley, didn’t send her out April 1 for the auction’s under-tack show.
The Florida pinhookers planned to scratch the strapping Medaglia d'Oro filly from the sale. But according to De Renzo, Keeneland officials gave them another chance to work Our Perfect Ten the morning of April 4 in Lexington, and the results were good enough to make them decide to send her through the Keeneland auction ring April 5.
“She went like a freight train today, thank God,” De Renzo said. “(Keeneland’s staff) handled it like an official work, and I think they clocked her in :10 3/5 for the eighth (of a mile) and :21 3/5 for the quarter. But (Kentucky bloodstock agent) John Moynihan caught her in :10 1/5.”
Our Perfect Ten had routine farrier work done several days before the sale’s under-tack show.
“She got shod, and when they trim them, they trim them a little close,” De Renzo said. “The day before the breeze show, she had a throbbing pulse (in her front feet). We knew that it wasn’t tremendously serious because we immediately had X-rays taken and knew that the feet were in good shape.
"The day of the under-tack show she was 80% better. The day after, she was 100%, so we trained her and then breezed her.”
De Renzo said he appreciated the chance to be able to work the filly after the under-tack show and didn’t remember ever being offered that opportunity by a sale company. The companies that conduct the major select juvenile auctions used to conduct two under-tack shows before an auction, but now they have only one.
“It was fantastic,” De Renzo said. “You have to make decisions daily with horses. These are living creatures that require different decisions. We maybe didn’t have the audience that we would have liked to have had, but we had the right lookers there like John Moynihan and Patrice Miller (of EQB).
"I’ve never done this before, so it’s really hard for me to rate how far we got by doing it, but I do think it gives us the opportunity, at least, to get her sold.”
Our Perfect Ten is out of the unraced Gilded Time mare Peridot, who is a full sister to 2000 Triple Bend Breeders’ Cup Invitational Handicap (gr. II) winner Elaborate and a half sister to grade III producer Andrea Gail. Our Perfect Ten is a half sister to the winners Cherokee Time (by Yonaguska) and Morethanafantasy (by More Than Ready ).
Twin Creeks Farm purchased Our Perfect Ten for $370,000 at the 2009 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July select yearling auction from Warrendale Sales, which sold her for her breeder, Bert Welker.