Kentucky Derby Consignor Standings Presented By Keeneland: A Warrendale Sales Exacta In Southwest Stakes

The 3-year-old crop of 2020 has already been a standout one for the Warrendale Sales operation, spearheaded by British Idiom, last year’s Eclipse Award winner for champion 2-year-old filly.

The bounty has multiplied rapidly over the past few days, with three Warrendale consignment graduates picking up points on the Kentucky Derby trail, including both parts of the exacta in the Grade 3 Southwest Stakes on Monday at Oaklawn Park.

Silver Prospector got back on the winning path in the Southwest, outkicking Wells Bayou to prevail by a length. Elsewhere, Mailman Money picked up a few points for the cause on Saturday by finishing fourth in the second division of the G2 Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds.

Though their ultimate goal is the same – a spot in the 20-stall gate at Churchill Downs in early May – the Warrendale trio was in three very different spots during the fall of their yearling seasons.

Silver Prospector went through the ring at the 2018 Keeneland September Yearling Sale as Hip 1623; a colt with a lot of promise but a somewhat lacking page.

Bred in Kentucky by Hargus and Sandra Sexton and Silver Fern Farm – the same group that bred British Idiom – Silver Prospector is a son of Declaration of War out of the stakes-placed Tapit mare Tap Softly. The dam hadn’t produced a stakes winner when Silver Prospector was put on offer, and Declaration of War was a month away from an announced relocation to Japan.

Those factors gave Silver Prospector a pretty firm ceiling when it came to commercial upside.

“He was a nice horse, he was just by Declaration of War,” said Warrendale’s Hunter Simms. “I loved Declaration of War when he first started at Ashford Stud and thought he was a great stallion prospect, but for some reason, he just didn’t stick with breeders here. Maybe having started in Europe and hitting Kentucky in his second year might have hurt his commercial appeal, but this was a nice horse.”

Silver Prospector was purchased by Florida-based Eisaman Equine for $50,000 with an eye for resale. The colt was put back in the ring during last year’s Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. Spring Sale of 2-Year-Olds in Training, where he sold to Ed and Susie Orr for $190,000.

“The Eisamans have very good eyes,” Simms said. “They’re very good horsemen, and they picked the horse up and were able to turn a nice profit selling him as a 2-year-old.”

Monday’s race was the second graded stakes win for Silver Prospector in his last three starts, after finishing his 2-year-old campaign with a win in the G2 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs.

Wells Bayou came to the Keeneland sales grounds with even less fanfare, offered in the marathon auction’s later books as Hip 3281.

The son of Lookin at Lucky was the first foal out of the winning Hard Spun mare Whispering Angel, from the family of champion Big Brown. He was purchased as a newly-turned yearling for $50,000 at the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale, but the interest didn’t follow him to the next stop when the new owners were advised by their agent to sell, and he changed hands for $18,000.

“There wasn’t anything that was going to drop you dead about him,” Simms said. “He was kind of immature, wasn’t a real forward horse, but he was well put-together.”

Whitman Sales & Judy Karlin partnered up to buy Wells Bayou at the Keeneland September sale, and turned him around for $105,000 at the following year’s OBS March 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale. Lance Gasaway signed the ticket on the horse at the OBS sale and campaigns him with Clint Gasaway.

The Southwest was the first stakes attempt for Wells Bayou, who came into the race off a four-length allowance optional claiming win at Oaklawn.

Mailman Money is a Goldencents colt, and the second foal out of the winning Unbridled’s Song mare Running Debi C. He went through the ring at the 2018 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall Yearlings Sale as Hip 1219 and sold to Meah/Lloyd Bloodstock, agent, for $50,000. He later sold to J. Stevens Bloodstock for $150,000 at the following year’s OBS Spring sale, and now runs for Allied Racing Stable.

The colt was unbeaten in two starts prior to his Risen Star tilt, most recently taking down a Fair Grounds optional claimer by 5 3/4 lengths on Jan. 12.

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