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Speedway Adds Some Quality

Bloodstock agent Marette Farrell, bidding on behalf of Peter Fluor and KC Weiner’s Speedway Stable, secured a colt by Quality Road for $525,000 early during Tuesday’s second session of the Keeneland September sale. The gray colt (hip 252), out of stakes winner Ghost Dancing (Silver Ghost), is a half-brother to Grade I winner Ascend (Candy Ride {Arg}) and to graded stakes placed Moro Tap (Tapit). He was bred and consigned by Arthur Hancock’s Stone Farm.

“We just thought he was extremely athletic, by an up-and-coming stallion, and bred by a master who has bred…how many Kentucky Derby winners? Three Kentucky Derby winners,” Farrell said. “So, it all made sense. Bob Baffert is very excited about him, he’ll be training him.”

Farrell was busy buying 2-year-olds for the Speedway Stable during the juveniles sales this past spring, but found bidding on the colts she wanted very competitive.

“We have a lot of fillies and we found it difficult to buy a colt at the 2-year-olds in training sales,” Farrell explained. “They said they would like to try to get a colt at the yearling sales, so they wouldn’t get beaten up at the 2-year-old sales.”

Fluor and Weiner’s operation campaigns GI Pacific Classic winner Collected (City Zip), who was a $170,000 purchase at the 2015 OBS March Sale.

“We’ve had a lot of success buying 2-year-olds,” Farrell said. “So that would be the main focus. But they are very good businessmen and their policy is, wherever we find a horse that we love, they are very happy to buy it.”