First Crop Snapshot: Lord Nelson’s April Foals ‘Everything I Expected’

Lord Nelson‘s debut crop of foals continues to grow as April rolls into May, and the patterns of what the son of Pulpit is instilling into his foals is becoming more and more apparent.

Aside from his distinctive chestnut coat, many of Lord Nelson’s foals have been getting their sire’s length, which they put on display every time they stretch their legs out in the field.

While the foals are showing some common traits, the reasons that breeders sent their mares to be part of Lord Nelson’s first book are as unique as the mares and foals themselves. For some, it was to add some of the quickness and athleticism that comes with winning a trio of Grade 1 stakes races. Others wanted to add some of that length to a shorter mare or found that the prospective mating hit the right notes on the page.

The racetrack and the sale ring will ultimately determine the best pairings with Lord Nelson, as it does for any sire, but the breeders and boarders polled in this edition of First Crop Snapshot deemed their youngsters to be on the right track in their early days.

Lord Nelson stands at Spendthrift Farm in Lexington, Ky., for an advertised fee of $25,000.

Colt out of Reina Maria, by Songandaprayer
Born April 4
Bred and boarded by Mulholland Springs Farm, Lexington, Ky.

What are your impressions of the colt so far?

John Mulholland, Mulholland Springs Farm: “I love this foal. Long, keen neck. Beautiful top line. Big hip. Classy head, neck, and shoulder. I’m thrilled.”

Tell us about Reina Maria, also the dam of Maximus Mischief. What made her a good match for Lord Nelson?

Mulholland: “We go off of conformation when it comes to our matings. Reina Maria is a big, strong mare. Thick bone, wide frame. Lord Nelson is a very pretty stud, elegant. I felt they complemented one another well. My mom, Martha Jane, agreed so we went for it. We love having a son of Pulpit to breed to. Lord Nelson is very attractive for the Pulpit line. He has great muscle definition, very strong hip. Pulpit was a wonderful sire but I always felt he got a lot of round, smooth-muscled foals. Obviously, they could run but weren’t super classy-looking on the end of a shank.”

How would your describe this colt’s personality?

Mulholland: “He seems like any other foal, full of himself. He loves to run around and around his mother all afternoon outside. Easy to be around.”

What are the long-term plans for the colt?

Mulholland: “If he develops quickly over the summer, we will target the November sales with him.”

Colt out of Wildaboutshopping, by Wildcat Heir
Born March 25
Bred by Craig Wheeler Thoroughbreds, Reddick, Fla.
Boarded at Phoenix Thoroughbreds, Paris, Ky.

What do you think of the foal so far?

Kathie Maybee, Phoenix Farm: “I got to see the foal for the first time when he arrived, and he’s everything I expected. Everything I felt about Lord Nelson that I felt before is reinforced even more. The mare is here to be bred, and she was sent to Bolt d’Oro.”

What did Wildaboutshopping bring to the mating?

Maybee: “She’s a good-sized mare, and she’s a pretty mare. I like that about her. The foal is pretty. It was an excellent choice on Craig’s part to breed this mare to this stallion. Sometimes you’ll breed a stallion to a mare, and it’s not a good physical cross, but this one is a good one. I’m impressed with the foal and the mare.”

You’ve had a few Lord Nelson foals at your farm this year. What are you seeing from them as a group so far?

Maybee: “I would say he’s pretty much stamping his foals. I haven’t seen a whole lot more, but what I have seen, I’m impressed with.”

Colt out of Stephanie Jayne, by Henny Hughes
Born April 3
Bred and boarded by Don Alberto Farm, Lexington, Ky.

What are your thoughts on the foal?

Fabricio Buffolo, Don Alberto Corp.: “We were really happy with the foal. Compared to what she’s had before, he’s a really nice foal, very well-muscled and well-developed. We’re sending the mare back to Lord Nelson this year.”

Why was Stephanie Jayne a good match for Lord Nelson when you were planning matings?

Buffolo: “We thought he was a precocious type. The mare had had a nice Tiznow colt, but we wanted to change a little bit and see what she would produce with him. She’s by Henny Hughes and had speed, and we wanted to see if going to Lord Nelson would work commercially, and then physically. It definitely worked well for her.”

Do you see more of the sire or the dam in the colt?

Buffolo: “I would say he’s a little bit more of a Lord Nelson type. He’ll be taller than the mare in the future. He’s a foal with good size, with plenty of leg, and the mare is not that big, so it’ll be a good one for her.”

What do you plan to do with the foal?

Buffolo: “We’ll see how he develops, but most likely, we’ll present him at a leading yearling sale next year.”

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