Kentucky Derby Consignor Standings Presented By Keeneland: Ete Indien’s Unexpected Road To Success For Betz Thoroughbreds

Everything was set up for Ete Indien to have a productive career as a turf horse.

The colt’s pedigree is full of turf class on the top and bottom, and his $80,000 purchase by Ireland-based Powerstown Stud at the 2018 Keeneland September Yearling Sale all but ensured he’d spend his career running over the grass.

The auction ring has a funny way of sorting horses into fates that might go against their perceived destiny, and Ete Indien’s career trajectory took a big shift when he ended up back on U.S. soil. Now, he’s a graded stakes winner on dirt and a Kentucky Derby contender after taking the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

If Ete Indien can get the job done when classic season comes around, it would be another major banner to fly for consignor Betz Thoroughbreds, who handled the horse at sales as a weanling and yearling. Owner Bill Betz was a co-breeder on upset Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird, so he’s well aware a good horse can come from anywhere in the catalog.

“You never know, I learned that over the years,” he said. “You’d think the way horses by War Front performed last year on the dirt (including Preakness Stakes winner War of Will), I’d think that Danzig line can take you anywhere. This horse being out of a Mizzen Mast mare, I guess your instincts would make you think he’d prefer the grass, but I don’t think that’s a given. You don’t know until you try them. You get surprised sometimes. That’s what keeps us all going.”

Ete Indien was born at Betz Thoroughbreds in Lexington Ky., bred by the partnership of Eric Buckley and longtime Betz farm manager Robert Tillyer. The colt was the second foal out of the placed Mizzen Mast mare East India, from a family that includes European champion Rainbow View and Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Raven’s Pass.

Tillyer bought East India as a broodmare prospect for $23,000 at the 2015 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale, and he sent the mare to Airdrie Stud‘s Summer Front in his first season at stud for the mating that produced Ete Indien.

The colt was first offered as a weanling under the Betz Thoroughbreds consignment at the 2017 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale, where he was bought back with a final bid of $85,000.

The time between saw the colt continue to figure out his own body.

“He grew a lot,” Betz said. “He’s a big horse, and he just grew into his frame and filled out. I always thought he was a very attractive package.”

Ete Indien was cataloged in the 2018 Keeneland September sale as Hip 2594, once again handled by the Betz operation. Despite visibly maturing, he brought a little less than he did as a weanling, going to Powerstown Stud for $80,000, but it was still a worthwhile endeavor for the breeder.

“He was a big, strong horse,” Betz said about Ete Indien as a yearling. “Very well made, a lot of class, very correct. Based upon the stud fee they paid and the produce of the mare, at the end of the day, I think they sold him pretty well. It was a good return on investment for them. He wasn’t in an early book, I think we sold him in Book 3 or 4, but he was physically well above average.”

The colt went on to sell to trainer Patrick Biancone, acting as agent, for $240,000 Euros ($269,640) at last year’s Arqana May Breeze Up Sale in Deauville, France. He runs now for a sizable partnership including Biancone.

“I think it’s important that you support young stallions, and you hope to get lucky,” Betz said. “A lot of bad luck comes your way naturally, and every once in a while, you’ve gotta hope for the good. It’s inspiring that these two hard-working young guys have paid their dues, and they deserve to get rewarded.”

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