October 3, 2016
The first yearlings from the brilliantly fast Grade 1 winner MORNING LINE have been in high demand at the yearling sales this year.
In fact, MORNING LINE leads all first-crop Kentucky sires who stand for less than $15,000 by both yearling average and median. MORNING LINE’s yearling average of $40,388 is more than 4x his stud fee of $10,000, and he’s the only stallion standing for under $15,000 to crack the Top 10 Leading First-Crop Kentucky Sires list.
No fewer than four youngsters by the son of Tiznow have made $100,000 or better, and led by a $150,000 colt who was knocked down to Eddie Woods at Keeneland September. Bred by Omega Farm, the colt, the second foal from a Forestry mare, is from the family of the French Group 1 winner Etoile Montante.
Also at Keeneland September, Bluewater Sales went to $105,000 to secure a filly by MORNING LINE. Another out of a Storm Cat-line mare—she was produced by Forest Wildcat’s Obregon—the filly was bred by Jay Goodwin and Rick Smith.
A $100,000 colt by MORNING LINE from the stakes winner Free Fee Lady (Victory Gallop) appears headed for the juvenile-in-training sales after being purchased by Hal Hatch. The colt is a half to stakes winner Keystoneforvictory and was bred by J. D. Stuart, P. C. Bance and Mueller Farms Inc.
Down at the OBS August Sale, Justin Casse, agent for Gabe Grossberg, purchased a MORNING LINE filly for $100,000. The New York-bred filly is the first produce from the DIXIE UNION mare Union Boss and was another who was bred by Omega Farm.
Other first-crop yearlings by MORNING LINE were purchased by the likes of Bruno DeBerdt, Cary Frommer, Hurricane Boys, James Layden, Carlos Martin, McMahon & Hill Bloodstock, Ken McPeek, Paul Sharp, RiceHorse Stables, and Small Batch Thoroughbreds.
Keep an eye out at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall Yearlings Sale for more outstanding yearlings by MORNING LINE, who has seven catalogued at the auction.