Baoma Corporation’s Eclipse Award-winning sprinter Drefong showed his championship form in capturing the Forego (G1) at Saratoga on Travers Day, seizing the lead at the start and handily disposing of his rivals with a four-length score under Mike Smith.
The Kentucky-bred son of Gio Ponti first went through the Keeneland sales ring as a weanling at the 2013 November Breeding Stock Sale and was purchased for $200,000 by Woods Edge Farm from the consignment of Blackburn Farm. Woods Edge offered the colt at the following year’s September Yearling Sale, where Tanma Corporation paid $450,000 to acquire him.
Donato Lanni, a bloodstock agent and member of trainer Bob Baffert's yearling selection team, said Drefong quickly caught his eye. “I try to look at every horse in the sale. He was a horse that just stood out. He was big, beautiful, stretchy and correct with a beautiful presence. A really well-made and very athletic horse.
“It never gets old to be around good horses. You can’t have enough of them,” Lanni said. “It is a great feeling to be around horses like him who give 100% every time.”
“He was an exceptional weanling,” Woods Edge Farm’s Peter O'Callaghan said. “We paid a lot of money because he was an exceptional individual. He was deep and strong and really well made. He was correct and a lovely mover. He was exactly what we wanted to buy. He came back the very same way as a yearling—a scopey, rock solid horse that was hard to fault.
“It is very satisfying to buy a horse for a lot of money and turn around and sell him for a lot of money,” O’Callaghan added. “He was expensive when we bought him and expensive when we sold him and turned into a top racehorse. He is a valuable commodity.”