We haven't tried our luck in the 2YO market more than a handful of times. Ideally we sell at the Keeneland September Sale when our stock are yearlings, however Laila's Punch '15 was a special kind of filly.
She looked fast, by a modest sire in Discreet Cat and, post catalog, her full sister Colorful Charades went on to break her maiden in Saratoga, consequently pointed at the G1 Frizette Stakes in New York.
A handy sized May foal by Discreet Cat in book 5, her value was set even before her G1 placed sister had started. While she was well liked and had plenty of sales action, Jeff Reddoch, one of the owners had set higher sights. Knowing that a push for the 2YO sales can be risky for both the owner and the horse he made the decision to set a pretty substantial reserve at $95,000.
As a result we brought her back home to be broken on the farm by manager Colby Marks and turned out until prep time shortly there after.
Once she had been shipped down to Woodford Thoroughbred's Scott Kintz in Florida, he took his time with her brought her up to training fitness being careful not to push her too far too soon. She handled training in stride and showed us all her potential in April at the OBS sale posting a 10 second flat furlong breeze.
As the buyers came by and liked what they saw it was a particular group who were willing to stretch the furthest. Led by Marette Farrel and Peter Eurton, Ryan Exline and partners went to $260,000 for the fast filly by Discreet Cat. Eurton trains and Exline own and campaign Champagne Room, one her full sister's competitors in 2016 who went on to win the BC Juvenile Fillies. When asked Marette was quick to let us know that her new owners aren't afraid of the modest sire but look forward to seeing her develop into what looks to be a successful racehorse!
We congratulate the new owners and wish them the best of success in the future!