Déjà Vu for September Sale Classic Success

Déjà Vu for September Sale Classic Success

Victory by Early Voting in the May 21 Preakness (G1) provided a déjà vu moment for the winning connections of owner Seth Klarman, trainer Chad Brown and the bloodstock team of Mike and Mary Ryan. This same team (and price tag) was behind 2017 Preakness winner Cloud Computing.

The Ryans, along with veterinarians Scott and Debbie Pierce of Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, selected Early Voting from the first crop of Horse of the Year Gun Runner from the Hill ‘n’ Sales Agency consignment to the 2020 Keeneland September Yearling Sale.

Klarman acquired Early Voting for $200,000, the same price Ryan paid on his behalf at the 2015 September Sale for Cloud Computing.

Cloud Computing was a once-in-a-lifetime horse and now I have it twice in a lifetime, which is really hard to believe it could happen again.
Seth Klarman, Owner

‘An Excellent Mover’

Mike Ryan’s modus operandi is to inspect as many September Sale entrants in Books 1 and 2 as possible prior to the sale. He was impressed with Early Voting when he saw the future classic winner at Three Chimneys Farm, which bred the colt and stands Gun Runner.

He had tremendous presence, strength, substance and quality. He was an excellent mover, was light on his feet and carried himself very well. I graded him very highly when I saw him at the farm, with an 8-8.5 out of 10.
Mike Ryan

Colt Excelled on Sale Grounds

Prospective buyers gain insight into how yearlings might withstand training and racing by observing how the young horses handle the rigors of being shown and sent through the sales ring. Once on the sale grounds as part of the Hill ‘n’ Dale consignment, Early Voting showed the same strong presence that he had displayed on the farm.

I was moved and impressed with his demeanor and disposition. I commented that he had tons of class. He had a great aura about him. I remarked how good he would look in training or racing when he would lose some of the soft yearling condition.
Mike Ryan

Brown: ‘It’s a Tall Order’

Trainer Brown, who was honored with Eclipse Awards as outstanding trainer four consecutive years from 2016-2019, appreciates the challenge that goes into the process of finding horses like Early Voting and Cloud Computing among the deep selection in the September Sale.

It's a tall order to go to the Keeneland September Sale with 5,000 horses there and narrow it down to really what we're looking for. That's our big draft, you know, like you'd have in any other sport.
Chad Brown

Prepped for Racing by Brennan Team

Sent to Florida to be prepped for racing by the team at Niall Brennan Stables, Early Voting continued to reinforce the confidence of his connections prior to joining Brown’s stable at the race track.

Early Voting was a smart horse and did everything that Niall asked him to do easily and willingly. He showed quality and class on the race track from an early age. He always was an easy-going, laid-back character and carried plenty of condition. Nothing ever stressed or bothered him. He was always a real pleasure to watch gallop and train.
Mike Ryan

More Three Chimneys Success

Early Voting is the latest in a long line of top-level stakes winners produced at Three Chimneys, the iconic Central Kentucky nursery now owned by the Borges-Torrealba family after decades of success under tutelage of the Clay family. The Preakness winner was produced from the Tiznow mare Amour d’Ete, a half-sister to champion sprinter and prominent sire Speightstown and full sister to Toyota Blue Grass winner Irap.

Three Chimneys
To see Amour d’Ete fulfill the dream of being a good producer is a testament to the entire Three Chimneys team, from the owners to every manager and groom—it’s why they do it.
Doug Cauthen, Three Chimneys Farm

A September Sale Bargain

Three Chimneys has its own racing stable, but it is foremost a commercial breeding establishment with a roster of top stallions and history of selling some of the best horses to come off the farm. The result is that a future Preakness winner was sold for what now appears to be a bargain price of $200,000 during the 2020 September Sale impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

He was a good-looking, balanced yearling that enough people on the farm liked. There was an international marketing desire to get some good physical Gun Runners in front of buyers in his first year, and this colt fit the bill… It just further proves that
Doug Cauthen