Following Runnymede’s 2011 foal crop—the best in memory for the farm—was a difficult act, but the youngsters of 2012 have done it, with 14 promising colts and four lovely fillies born in Kentucky over the winter and spring.
In addition to the Kentucky foals, three others were born under Runnymede’s international program, with fillies by King’s Best and Harbinger arriving in France and Japan, respectively, and a colt by Lawman born in Ireland.
The last to arrive of the entire group was an Unbridled’s Song colt out of our graded stakes-winning Peaks and Valleys mare Meribel, who was foaled on the night of the Kentucky Derby (G1), May 5.
“He is as charming a character as we’ve ever had,” said Runnymede General Manager Martin O’Dowd of the dark-haired colt who already shows signs that he will turn gray like his sire. “He is bold and outgoing, and he loves interacting with people.”
The Unbridled’s Song colt is Meribel’s third foal following a career with trainer Christophe Clement in which she earned more than $485,000. Her now two-year-old filly by Street Cry has been retained by Runnymede and is in training with David Lanigan in England, while the mare’s yearling filly is by Medaglia d’Oro.
Among the other 2012 foals are:
· A colt by More Than Ready out of our Danehill mare Josette who is bred on a cross that has proved extremely successful, yielding top stakes winners such as Group 1 winners Perfectly Ready, Benicio and Dreamaway. Josette already has produced two strong winners in Japan by Deep Impact, including Group 3-placed Deep Sound, an earner of $578,504;
· Two colts and a filly from the first crop of the extremely talented Eskendereya. Our filly is out of Miss Forest City, dam of Irish winner Silver Sycamore and All That, a now juvenile colt by champion Big Brown who was his sire’s highest-priced yearling of his initial crop. The colts are out of Alcina, by Kingmambo, and Little Miss Zip, a stakes-winning daughter of City Zip;
· A colt by champion Street Sense out of Romp and Stomp and thus a half brother to Pinch Pie, a stakes winner we bred who finished third to champion Royal Delta in last year’s Alabama Stakes (G1);
· A striking chestnut colt by Street Cry, who is the first foal for our partner Peter Callahan’s Dehere mare Beautician, a stakes winner who was second in the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) and Spinaway Stakes (G1) and who earned more than $636,000;
· A filly by Runnymede-bred Grade 1 winner Divine Park out of Sacre Coeur and thus a half sister to our Grade 3 winner and Grade 2-placed Bizzy Caroline;
· A colt by European champion Henrythenavigator out of Lady Simpson, who is a daughter of our Group 1 producer Palace Weekend;
· A colt by Big Brown out of the Carson City mare Avaricity and thus a half brother to our three-year-old Archbishop, a winner in England who is currently in training with Brian Meehan at Manton;
· A pair of chestnut colts by City Zip—one out of the Elusive Quality mare Dame Ursula, who is a half sister to Japanese champion and $8-million earner Agnes Digital, and the other out of Helena Bay, a daughter of Johannesburg and Josette;
· A colt by Rock Hard Ten out of our French Deputy mare French Jeannette who is a half brother to recent impressive Keeneland juvenile winner Undrafted;
· Other colts by Harlan’s Holiday out of Tres Tres Joli; Afleet Alex out of Pleasant Laughter and Birdstone out of Safeen, and
· Fillies by Pleasantly Perfect and Stroll.