Jockey Patrick Husbands rides his first winner since breaking his pelvis in November
Blueblood, the fastest stakes winner to enter study duty in Iowa, will arrive this month at Iowa State University.
A lightning-fast son of leading U.S. sire City Zip, Blueblood raced five furlongs in a blazing :56 2/5 and six furlongs in 1:08 3/5. An undefeated 2-year-old stakes winner, Blueblood was also highly weighted on the Experimental Free Handicap of 2017.
“He was a very fast 2-year-old and a beautifully conformed horse,” said trainer Mark Casse.
A $300,000 sales yearling, Blueblood’s athletic conformation is impeccable. At 16.1 hands, he strongly resembles his sire City Zip in overall quality.
The sire of 11 Grade 1 winners from six furlongs to 1 1/2 miles, City Zip has also sired four Eclipse Award champions. Two of those were voted champion sprinter of their year.
This year, his sons Improbable (Classic) and C Z Rocket (Sprint) top the fields for Breeders’ Cup races on Nov. 6 and 7.
Iowa State University Equine Director Dr. Nikki Ferwerda stated, “Blueblood was a fast and precocious 2-year-old. Iowa breeders will be attracted to the City Zip son and the speed in his pedigree.”
Blueblood will enter stud at Iowa State University for an introductory fee of $1,500 live foal. Breeders may breed a second mare in 2021 for only $500. Best of all, a free lifetime breeding right will be awarded after three stud fees are paid.
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