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Classy Sire Prospect at a Value Price

I’m amazed at the stallion quality you can get for $3,000 these days. While the racing world awaits the outcome of Mohaymen’s performance in the Florida Derby (G1), there’s another classy young horse from the same family, residing in Florida. His name is Overdriven (by Tale of the Cat) and he stands for the aforementioned $3,000, at Ocala Stud.

Sizzling Speed at Two & Graded Stakes Winning Credentials

Overdriven was a headliner from the start, selling for $350,000 to Repole Stable at the 2010 Keeneland yearling sale. The colt competed in only two races and if his career was not cut short by injury we may have had a better chance to gauge his full range of ability. Suffice it to say this horse achieved a 100 Beyer figure in his first start, which is quite an accomplishment in only July of his two year old campaign. He won that first race by 3 1/2 lengths in :56 2/5, beating track record setter JC’s Pride. Only 23 days later Overdriven trounced the field as the heavy favorite in the Sanford S. (G2), winning by 4 in 1:10.6, earning a 93 Beyer. The horse was training forwardly for the Hopeful S. (G1) when he was sidelined by an injury. His connections worked to get him back for a three year old campaign but another setback necessitated his retirement. The way that Overdriven dominated his competition at two showed that he had the speed and quality one looks for in a sire. He has been bred to 224 mares over the last three years, underlining breeders’ confidence in him.

Direct Family of Mohaymen, New Year’s Day & Smooth Air – Tracing to Powerful Ancestress, Bold Irish

Overdriven and Mohaymen share the same third dam, the Mr. Leader mare, Ahpo Hel. In Mohaymen’s case, Ahpo Hel’s granddaughter, the talented stakes winner Justwhistledixie, is his dam. Ahpo Hel’s other granddaughter, Air France, is the dam of Overdriven. Both mares descend from the Northern Dancer sire line; Air France’s sire is Deputy Minister’s son, French Deputy, and Justwhistledixie’s sire is Dixie Union, a son of Dixieland Band. The similarities intensify as both Overdriven’s and Mohaymen’s second dams are by In Reality line stallions; Known Fact, and Honour and Glory, respectively.

And while I would be incorrect to say that Overdriven is Mohaymen, this family has produced its share of superior performers. First of course is Justwhistledixie’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) winning son, New Year’s Day. Plus Overdriven is half brother (by another Storm Cat line stallion, Smooth Jazz), to Florida Derby 2nd place finisher, Smooth Air [who had a longer racing career than Overdriven, and showed his class by winning the Gulfstream Park Handicap, Ohio Derby, and Hutcheson S., all (G2). Smooth Air also finished second in the Metropolitan H., (G1).]

The quality runs deep in this immediate family, as Overdriven’s 4th dam, Tiy, by Nalee’s Man, is the 3rd dam of Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1) winner, Shared Account, by Pleasantly Perfect. This family traces to the top producer Bold Irish, who is well known as second dam of the great Ruffian and the excellent sires, Icecapade and Buckfinder. Bold Irish, daughter of the great producer, Erin, is the ancestress of many other top performers, producers, and sires, including Orb, Green Forest, Epitome, Fusaichi Pegasus, Demons Begone, Pine Bluff, Castle Forbes, Alpine Lass, Irish Castle, Coronado’s Quest, Private Terms, etc.

Sire Appeal on the Top & Bottom of His Pedigree

Overdriven offers a conduit to the great sire Storm Cat, via his sire, Tale of the Cat. Tale of the Cat deserves perhaps even more kudos than he gets as the sire of 26 graded blacktype winners, 72 blacktype winners, and 90 blacktype placers (North American statistics accessed via Equineline on March 28, 2016) and also 27 stakes winners in the Southern Hemisphere (per Blood-Horse). Tale of the Cat is sire of 4 champions: Gio Ponti, She’s a Tiger, Platinum Couple (Ecu), and Malevola (Pan). He is also the sire of many other top class runners including G1 winners Stopcharging Maria [3 time G1 winner and winner of the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Distaff, (G1)], Lion Heart, Tale of Ekati, Cat Moves, My Trusty Cat, and several G1 winners in Australia and New Zealand. In addition to Stopchargingmaria, he is the sire of additional 2015 G1 placed horses Favorite Tale (2nd in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint) and Appealing Tale (2nd in the Triple Bend S.) Tale of the Cat is from the Mr. Prospector mare Yarn, (of which I write in greater detail here). So there is a lot of quality that Overdriven derives from his sire, who at 22 is still going strong, standing for $30,000 at Ashford Stud.

If Overdriven’s precocity is any indication, breeders have a real opportunity here. Regardless of what happens in this year’s Florida Derby or the rest of the 2016 Triple Crown trail, Overdriven’s family tree is no mere accident. He is a graded stakes winner whose family is a live source of class. That’s a $3,000 risk I’d be willing to take.

Overdriven’s first two year olds race in 2016.

Bonus Info – Mo class for Overdriven’s family:

A possible future star for this family was foaled on March 25 at Rose Hill Farm in Lexington, KY. Hailey’s Star, whose dam Turbulent Air is a half-sister to Overdriven, foaled a colt by Uncle Mo.

Ocala Stud offers several other top stallion values, including I Spent It. Read his Stallion Spotlight here.

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