A trio of events have been keeping Boomer Bloodstock busy over the last few months, attending the Del Mar Racing Carnival, Keeneland September Yearling Sale and the Fasig-Tipton California Yearling Sale.
The trip to America kicked off with a bang as Hit The Road (More Than Ready), a Boomer Bloodstock $160,000 yearling purchase from last year’s Keeneland September Yearling Sale, was dominant in breaking his maiden at Del Mar for trainer Dan Blacker. This was closely followed by two year old filly Savvy Gal (Street Sense) breaking her maiden impressively for Richard Baltas and Slam Dunk Racing. She was a $60,000 purchase at the same sale last year.
The annual visit to the carnival is also a great opportunity for Boomer and his family to catch up with clients, family and friends, especially for wife McCall who originates from there and hasn’t missed a Del Mar Summer meet since she was born!
Moving from racetrack to ringside, the next destination was Lexington, Kentucky, to begin inspections of over 4,500 yearlings catalogued in the Keeneland September Yearling Sale.
A striking colt by champion sire Medaglia d’Oro caught the attention of Boomer, and he was soon acquired for the stable of Dan Blacker at Santa Anita Park for $250,000. Catalogued as Hip 122, he is out of a stakes-placed mare by Arch and was prepared by the outstanding nursery Stone Farm.
Boomer also purchased Hip 441 for the Blacker stable, outlaying $210,000 to secure the impressive colt by emerging sire No Nay Never from Taylor Made Sales, along with a Speightstown filly Hip 949 for $160,000. The first filly purchased at the 2019 Sale, she hails from the family of stakes winners Spectroscope and Bonnie Blue Flag.
A further four purchases were made at the Sale, all secured for Solana Beach Sales. Hip 1285, a filly by proven Darley sire Street Sense and out of a multiple stakes-winning mare, was knocked down for $100,000 with Boomer describing her as a ‘beast.’
Another filly was snapped up; Hip 1428, from the first crop of Runhappy and out of a stakes-winning mare, purchased for $155,000 from the famed Claiborne Farm, while the Union Rags colt out of Group 3 winner Bouquet Booth at Hip 2778 was bought for $80,000.
Rounding out the final purchase of the 2019 Keeneland Yearling Sale was a filly by freshman sire Hit It A Bomb. Prepared by Four Star Sales, she is a half-sister to Group 3 winner Gas Station Sushi and was bought for $95,000.
Boomer then headed West to begin inspections at the Fasig-Tipton California Yearling Sale where he secured a further two horses in conjunction with Dan Blacker.
Hip 177 was the first purchase of the Sale, with the filly holding a strong connection to Boomer through her sire. Selling for $60,000 from the draft of Critter Creek Farm, she is by Grazen who was trained by Boomer’s father-in-law and is now the sire of 12.5% stakes winners to runners.
The second and final horse secured was Hip 215 for $70,000 from Woodbridge Farm. She is a daughter of Smiling Tiger and descends from the family of stakes winners Kelly’s Princess and Annulment and was the absolute standout physical of the sale Boomer said.