A first-crop Vino Rosso colt out of the Pulpit mare War Relic at Elm Tree Farm.
Throughout the breeding season, the Paulick Report will be sharing photos of foals from the first crop of Spendthrift Farm‘s Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Vino Rosso in the “Toast to Vino Rosso” series.
Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen just how well Vino Rosso has stamped his first foals, and we’ve got another fine example here.
This time around, we visit a colt out of the winning Pulpit mare War Relic, bred in Kentucky by Elm Tree Farm.
The dam is a half-sister to Grade 2 winner Rush Bay, and the extended family features names including Grade 2 winner Itsaknockout and Grade 3 winner Chorwon.
Jody Huckabay of Elm Tree Farm said his operation has bought in to Vino Rosso with both fists.
“We are extremely excited about him,” Huckabay said. “We’ve got two of them on the ground and I’ve got three more coming. We just couldn’t be any more pleased with what we’ve got so far. We’ve bought a couple more seasons in the horse due to what we’ve seen. I just think he’s got a real big shot, as far as what we’re seeing on the ground here so far; a lot of leg, a lot of quality. Just a lot of positive things.”
While the cross worked well on paper, Huckabay said it was the physical matchup between Vino Rosso and War Relic that sold him on the mating.
“Anymore, you certainly have to have some stretch,” he said. “You have to have some leg on these horses to get the leg in the commercial arena, and he certainly is throwing that. More than that, he’s just throwing a lot of quality in these foals, in their head and their eye. The two that we have are very intelligent. They’re just smart foals, which we also like.”
Vino Rosso, a 6-year-old son of Curlin, stands at Spendthrift Farm for an advertised fee of $25,000.
Vino Rosso won won six of 15 starts and earned $4,803,125 on the racetrack. In addition to his signature Breeders’ Cup Classic score, the stallion picked up victories in the Grade 1 Gold Cup at Santa Anita Stakes, and the G2 Wood Memorial Stakes.
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