Partnerships Pave Way
Since its inception in 2008, SF Bloodstock has steadily risen to the upper echelon of North American racing and breeding, with much of its success owed to horses purchased at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. Among the most prominent horses purchased at Keeneland by the entity headed by Tom Ryan and its broad roster of partners have been classic winner Authentic, Grade 1 winners Eight Rings and Charlatan and Grade 2 winner Spielberg.
It Takes a Team
The SF program primarily revolves around purchasing colts with classic potential that are selected in tandem with the team from Starlight Racing. Among the professional horse men and women who make that happen are Ryan, Gavin Murphy, Henry Field, Caroline Wilson and Michelle Armour, all representing SF, in addition to Frankie Brothers of Starlight, bloodstock agent Donato Lanni and trainer Bob Baffert.
In addition to Starlight, SF have partnered with other industry participants including China Horse Club, Coolmore Stud, John D. Fielding, Golconda Stables, Head of Plains Stable, Frederick Hertrich III, Madaket Stables, Robert F. Masterson, Myracehorse Stable, Sienna Farm, Spendthrift Farm and Stonestreet Stable.
Perseverance Pays Off
By the time Day 8 of the 2018 September Sale rolled around, the SF/Starlight partnership was effectively done buying for the year. But Lanni convinced Ryan there was an Into Mischief colt at the consignment of Bridie Harrison, agent for breeder Peter E. Blum Thoroughbreds, that was worth a look. They fell in love with the colt later named Authentic and bought him for $350,000. That proved most fortuitous as Authentic went on to win the Kentucky Derby (G1) and closed out his career with an impressive win in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) in track-record time at Keeneland. Honored as Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old male for 2020, Authentic entered stud at Spendthrift Farm in 2021.
Not a Difficult Decision
Bought for $700,000 when purchased from Denali Stud, agent for breeder Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings at the 2018 September Sale, Charlatan has lived up to expectations. The Speightstown colt has earned more than $4 million, with victories in the Arkansas Derby (G1) and Malibu Stakes (G1) to date. His breeding rights have been sold to Hill ‘n’ Dale.
A Precocious Horse
A $520,000 September Sale purchase from Taylor Made Sales Agency, Eight Rings was an early developer, winning the American Pharoah (G1) as a 2-year-old in 2019. The Empire Maker colt bred by WinStar Farm remains in training, with Coolmore Stud having purchased his future breeding rights.
Pretty Spectacular Physique
Another colt SF has high hopes for before his eventual retirement is Spielberg, the 2020 Los Alamitos Futurity (G2) winner who cost $1 million. The Union Rags colt was acquired by SF/Starlight/Madaket from Lane’s End, agent for breeder G. Watts Humphrey, at the 2019 September Sale.
Expensive Colt with Potential
A “TDN Rising Star” in his impressive maiden win upon debut, Classier has been sidelined since last fall following an injury but his connections believe the 3-year-old Empire Maker colt could reward them for paying $775,000 when bought from Lantern Hill Farm at the 2019 September Sale. The colt was bred by Mary A. Sullivan.