Drefong

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.”

The Forego was just the second start of the year for Drefong. His season debut was in the Bing Crosby (G1) at Del Mar in late July, but he ducked in soon after the start, unseating rider Mike Smith.

Drefong was anxious to get the lead at in the Forego and settled nicely. He was in the open by three as they turned for home, and extended that lead to four lengths while running the seven furlongs in 1:21.12.

The lightly raced colt has lost just two races in eight lifetime starts, those being his first start as a 2-year-old and the Bing Crosby. After a maiden win and two allowance scores, Baffert shipped Drefong to Saratoga last summer, where he exploded to win the Ketel One King’s Bishop (G1). He used that win as a springboard to capture the TwinSpires Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1) over older horses en route to championship honors.