By Jessica Martini
Brereton Jones’s Airdrie Stud will offer two horses at Fasig-Tipton inaugural Turf Showcase of Selected Yearlings Sale and the consignment received a timely update when Dak Attack (Ghostzapper) won the Ellis Park Juvenile S. in August. Airdrie offers a Kitten’s Joy half-brother to the unbeaten juvenile colt Sunday as hip 56. Both colts are out of stakes-winning Indian Spell (Indian Charlie), the first foal out of the farm’s champion sophomore filly Proud Spell.
Proud Spell provided Airdrie one of its finest moments on the racetrack when she won the 2008 GI Kentucky Oaks, so there was some sentiment involved when the time came to sell the mare’s first foal, a filly by Indian Charlie.
“She was the first foal out of Proud Spell, who was the best horse we ever raced,” said Bret Jones. “So Indian Spell was always very special to us. But as a business, we knew she had value and we sold her.”
Ben Leon of Besilu Stables purchased the filly for $500,000 at the 2011 Keeneland September Yearling Sale and the dark bay went on to capture the 2013 Miss Woodford S. at Monmouth Park in the Besilu colors.
Indian Spell returned to the Keeneland sales ring at the 2013 November sale, and having sold Proud Spell privately to Japan’s Northern Farm, the Airdrie team was happy to reacquire the champion’s daughter for $175,000.
“When the opportunity to buy her back came along, we really couldn’t have been more excited about it,” Jones said. “We were very, very happy that we were able to bring her home.”
The mare was bred to Ghostzapper in 2014 and her first foal was special from the start, according to Jones.
“He was an absolute star from the very beginning,” Jones said of Indian Spell’s first foal. “He was one of those foals that, from the day he was born, we couldn’t have been more excited about him and he never backed up for one second from that time going forward.”
Offered at last year’s Keeneland September Yearling Sale, the colt brought a final bid of $625,000 from Albaugh Family Stable. Now named Dak Attack and in training with Dale Romans, the bay colt bested subsequent GI Hopeful S. winner Sporting Chance (Tiznow) in his June 15 debut at Churchill Downs (video) and then returned to score an impressive three-length victory in the Aug. 20 Ellis Park Juvenile S.
“We think Dak Attack could be something extremely special,” Jones said. “The fact that he has been as early developing as he has been is just a bonus because his best races are in front of him.”
Indian Spell’s second foal, a colt by Kitten’s Joy, has already impressed Jones ahead of his engagement in Sunday’s Turf Showcase sale.
“He is a beautiful colt,” Jones said. “He has always been really well-balanced. He is perfectly put together, everything is in the right place, and he has that athleticism to him that Dak Attack has. He’s just a very nice colt with a lot of quality.”
Fasig-Tipton’s first-ever Turf Showcase sale will begin at 4 p.m. Sunday at Newtown Paddocks. Jones is appreciative of the company’s initiative in creating the unique auction.
“Fasig-Tipton deserves a lot of credit for what they are doing here to put this sale together,” Jones said. “We wanted to be supportive and to be supportive with a talented athlete. We think we have every chance to go over there and sell a nice horse.”