Hoof Beats Magazine

DEC 2017

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Trot Lines Final Night Fireworks The story behind an Ohio-bred record breaker f you said the pacing colt sales topper would occur on the final day of the Lexington Selected Sale, they would have laughed you out of the common- wealth. After all, everybody knows the first night is the "magic night," when the theoretical best of the best sell and that's when most of the big numbers occur. This is not to say there can't or won't be big numbers on other nights, but gener- ally speaking, the bigger ones tend to happen on opening night. Roughcut, who sold to Ed James of S S G Stables for $300,000, was not the of- ficial pacing colt saletopper. Spectrum, by A Rocknroll Dance – Somwherovrarain- bow, sold for $330,000. Calling Spec- trum the pacing saletopper could be open to debate considering that Spectrum was bought back by the consignor, Diamond Creek Farms, as a means of dissolving a partnership. Roughcut, meanwhile, changed hands entirely, as neither the consignor nor the previous owner are still connected to the colt. Roughcut is by McArdle, currently among the stallion leaders in Ohio at Hickory Lane Farm, though McArdle was bred, raised, and originally sold by Perretti Farms. Roughcut is now the most expensive Ohio-bred yearling ever sold at public auction. The dam Miss Scarlett (Red River Hanover – Odds On J P) was the fast- est and richest Red River Hanover mare with a mark of 1:50s taken at age 5 and earnings of $518,539. Odds On J P, an Artsplace mare from Giggle Box, is also the dam of Ticket To Rock p,4,1:50.3f ($1,114,983). Ticket To Rock and Miss Scarlett are actually three-quarter sisters, with Ticket To Rock being by Rocknroll Hanover, the three-quarter brother to Red River Hanover. Miss Scarlett's last start was on March 1, 2011. Six weeks later, she was bred to Bettor's Delight, but didn't catch. She was bred back to Bettor's Delight in 2012, but again did not catch. She was switched to American Ideal in 2013 with a similar result. Then in 2014, Dragon Again was selected, but he, too, was un- successful. It should be noted that it wasn't that she couldn't conceive. She did conceive, but she had some hard luck. Once she showed twins, but instead of one being snipped off, both were. Another time she foaled weeks before her due date, but the youngster didn't make it. Finally in 2015, she clicked with McArdle and delivered a black colt on April 11, 2016. The colt was foaled and raised at Hunterton Farms and it was decided to sell him in Lexington as opposed to the Ohio Selected Jug Sale where Hunterton sold other Ohio-sired yearlings. As it was, Roughcut was one of two by McArdle consigned to Lexington, with the other being Delight Kate, a filly out of Delightfully Cam who sold for $13,000, also on the final day. Roughcut's final-session hip number seemed appropriate, considering that the second dam, Odds On J P, has been a solid—though not an overwhelming— commercial producer. I cited Roughcut as one to look at for two reasons: one being that I bred both the sire and the dam, and the other being that she might have been one of the more attractive mares serviced by McArdle that year. As it was, one had to question the mare's inability to get in foal, as her his- tory was not that apparent on the catalog page. The good folks at Hunterton had accomplished similar with Self Indulgent, who, following a long drought, produced a Donato Hanover filly named Deca- dence who has become a stakes perform- er as a 3-year-old. Thus there was precedence. The colt got inspected at the farm by those that tend to look at every horse, but it wasn't until stabling at Fasig-Tip- ton that any degree of buzz started hap- pening. According to Hunterton's Steve Stewart, "We knew we had a nice one and there were those that came back to look again. However, it wasn't un- til the final day when Ross Croghan came back from the races and told me that at least five serious buyers were considering buying the colt. At that point, I started to feel maybe we could broach the $100,000 mark. Never in my wildest dreams did I see a hammer price of that magnitude." As it was, James, who already owns the standout McArdle son, McWicked p,3,1:47.3f ($2,235,762), came down personally to do the bidding. He opened Roughcut with a $50,000 bid. That dis- suaded nobody as the bids kept coming fiercely until finally he owned the colt at $300,000. He will enter the barn of trainer Casie Coleman, who also trains McWicked. Wonder what he might have brought had he sold on the first day! Bob Marks is a freelance writer and pedigree expert living in New Jersey. y The views contained in this column are those of the author alone, and do not necessarily represent the opinions or views of the United States Trotting Association. y To comment on this column, email us at readerforum@ ustrotting.com. It wasn't until stabling at Fasig-Tipton that any degree of buzz started happening. 54 HOOF BEATS DECEMBER 2017 PHOTO BY MARK HALL Bob Marks I

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