While it is undeniable that all sales of Thoroughbreds give the dispatcher and breeder tangible pre-auction anxiety, the father/daughter team of John and Tanya Gunther of Glenwood Ranch are feeling an extra layer of pressure.
as breeder justify —one of only a dozen bakers of thoroughbred horses to achieve the Triple Crown — Gunthers understand that buyers arrive at their cargo sheds in the hope that history will repeat, especially when Justify’s half-brother appears in their catalog.
“I think I’m going to need some drinks when he gets into that ring,” Gunter said with a laugh when talking about Justify’s half-brother (hip 60) at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. “I would be very nervous for that.”
With foot traffic always expected in the Glennwood barn, the Gunthers remain confident knowing that their program and their horses are held in high esteem for a reason: Simply put, they get results. Eclipse Award-winning breeders have sent eight horses to Keeneland’s Book 1, which kicks off September 12.
The Curlin Colt was sent out as Hip 60 at the Keeneland September Sale
“We find Curlin yearling to be very special,” Gunter said. “He was a late foal, born on May 19th, he has a lot of growth to do but I think he will be a 16.1 or 16.2 (manual) horse when he is fully grown. He is like a racehorse to me. He is well-meaning and has just shown to be something special. It would be really hard to let go of him.”
Traditionally, the ponies that came out of Stage Magic have garnered a lot of interest from buyers in the sales ring. Justify himself was a graduate of the 2016 Keeneland September sales renewal, selling for $500,000 to China Horse Club and Maverick Racing. In 2019, the pioneer of the Nile came out of the Persians stage rider His reserve did not reach a final bid of $950,000 and he returned to Glenwood. One year later, the colt was before He will take responsibility It was also not sold after the hammer fell in a final bid of $1.75 million.
In 2020, Stage Magic has spawned a younger sister to the Hip 60 that has never been on public sale. This skilled is now 2, and Gunther is eagerly awaiting her racing debut.
“She’s in training and she’s going to Chad Brown in about 60 days,” Gunter said. “She’s been developing slowly too, like her brother, but she’s been quite plump for the past six months and she’s looking great. We have high hopes for her too.”
Another cargo feature, and Gunther’s personal favorite, is Hip 117, a filly from Spendthrift Farm Super sire in hurt . Bay fillet is the unparalleled Galileo Marie Wildwood Rose.
“She is a beautiful filly. The mare is swinging Speightstown It sold really well last year here, and we’re enjoying it too. It will really be my favourite. It is big and strong. She’s very athletic and has a great outing.”
Although she never started, Wildwood Rose comes from a powerful family of runners. She is the half-sister of Biscillo Staples Florida Derby (G1) winner physical and for Miss Sofia who finished second in the 2014 Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) to incompressible .
Filly Wildwood Rose Speightstown – Now named Bo Derek – Acquired during a September 2021 sale for $900,000 through the Maverick/Siena Partnership.
Back in the well with Speightstown, Glennwood will also introduce Hip 130, crafted by stallion WinStar Farm from Always On My Mind (congratulations ). The family is particularly prolific for the Gunthers, as the mare is a half-sister to the Sobha Godolphin Mile (G2) and the stallion centering also from Speightstown.
“A lot of people like Speightstown are off the Always On My Mind list,” Gunter said. “She’s got the most attention so far and she’s also had a really great career. We’ve always done really well with Speightstown, so I think it’s coming off very well.”
Always On My Mind is also half-brother of St. James Palace Stakes (G1) winner without parole who took on horse breeding duty at Newsells Park Stud in England in 2021. Gunter said that he and Tania, who are very active arms in their breeding program in England, were more than happy with the son’s first foals. Frankl And they were happy to support him with some of their strongest mares at home and abroad.
“Without parole, there are some really nice pancakes,” Gunter said. “We have bred quite a few of our mares for him ourselves and brought a bunch of mares here with us and bred them here. So we have a couple without paroles on the farm and they are very cute. We also have a parole brother in training who was with Ralph Beckett in London, England It works well, so touch the wood, there’s a lot to look forward to.”
Jon Gunther at the Keeneland September Sale
Three more ponies were also sent to Book One: Hip 7, Irish-bred chestnut no never from Postset (dream oasis ); hip 62, bay Uncle Mo outside the Strombolian (Giant’s Causeway); and Hip 202, son of Justify from mare Danehill Dancer dance with another.
Glennwood will also offer two additional fillies: Hip 84, Bay of Into Mischief from the 3rd Class winner tiger butterfly (Street feel ); Wahib 114, daughter American pharaoh Of the week (Dansili), its second dam is the victor of Group 1 hour .
Into Mischief was sent out as Hip 84 at the Keeneland September Sale
With the barn full, morale high, and buyers still flocking in, Gunther said he hopes this year’s sale will be another fruitful for the farm.
“It’s hard to know how the sale is going to go,” Gunter said. “We were really busy the first day, and I think the horses came out about 80 times. They were busy again today and there are a lot of people here. I think it’s going to be a really good sale.”