AFTER MARKET, one of the best-bred sons of Storm Cat at stud, is rising in the stallion ranks. Now a Top 8 active sophomore sire, AFTER MARKET has been represented by two new stakes winners in July, led by Volcat, who captured the G3 Virginia Oaks July 21. A winner over Gulfstream’s main track against maiden special foes earlier in the year, Volcat won a grassy Churchill allowance in June and was recording her second straight win in the Virginia Oaks, which she took in near wire-to-wire fashion over a yielding Colonial Downs lawn. Bred by Edmond A. and Sharon Hudon, Volcat is owned by Landaluce Educe Stables and is trained by Kenny McPeek.
Up in Canada, AFTER MARKET’s 2-year-old daughter Marketway improved her record to two wins in three starts with a first black-type win in the six-furlong Boulevard Casino S. on the main track. Marketway was bred by A. Lakin & Sons, Inc. Troy Taylor trains her for North American Thoroughbred Horse Company, Inc.
Another AFTER MARKET runner to keep an eye on is the recent maiden special winner Market Buzz, a Virginia Tarra Trust homebred. Sent off the 9-5 choice in a Arlington Park event going two turns over the Poly July 8, Market Buzz drew off to win by 5 1/4 lengths for trainer Chris Block. The 3-year-old filly was bred to be a good one; she’s a three-parts sister to MG1SW Giant Oak and MSW Apple Martini, both offspring by Giant’s Causeway, who, like AFTER MARKET, is bred on the successful Storm Cat/Rahy cross.
AFTER MARKET is also the sire of the standout California filly Lady of Fifty, winner of the Golden Gate Debutante S. and Corte Madera S. for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. AFTER MARKET’s other runners include the black-type performers Raesunbridledfaith, Belle Gallantey, etc.
At the juvenile sales earlier this year, AFTER MARKET was represented by the likes of a $275,000 colt at OBS April who was knocked down to Japanese interests. The colt is a son of the tough-as-nails New York performer Travelator. At Barretts March, another of AFTER MARKET’s colts, Afterbourbon, brought $100,000 from McMahon & Hill, agent for Bourbon Lane Stable.
Stay tuned, as this is market that is surely going up . . .