This truly is a very important story, Oz. I have to say, though, that it doesn't really shock me. They had to know 3 or 4 years ago that Storm Cat's days as a covering stallion were numbered. Jump Start, Cape Town, and Grindstone are 10, 14, and 16 years old respectively, and none of them have had what could be called a spectacular career, Birdstone notwithstanding. Admittedly, Jump Start is still a youngster, from a stallion perspective, but even with just 3 crops though his 2yos of 2008, he hasn't set the world on fire.
There just doesn't appear to have been any aggressive desire on the part of Overbrook to recruit new blood for their stallion roster, even when knowing that Storm Cat was on the way out. Now, from the quote from Bill Jr (I just don't have the passion for the sport that my father did), it is apparent that Bill Sr's passing had just as great an impact as Storm Cat's pensioning.....probably a lot more.
I admire Bill Young, Jr's admission in that regard, by the way. It probably wasn't an easy thing for him to say, and I applaud him for it. He could have come up with some plausible reason for this move without saying that, but he told the truth. It's a credit not only to him, but to his old man.......he raised his son well.
I'm not saying I saw it coming, or even that the thought ever occurred to me, but in thinking about it, I'm not surprised.
The thought just came to me.....Darley? Ala Stonerside? Hmmmmmmm.........
A customer of mine was in yesterday at my restaurant/bar and he told me that he just bought Jump Start.He is planning on standing him here in York, Pa.
He owns Ghost Ridge farms and just got in the horse business a couple of years ago.
Spider & Co. continue their "dispersal" also in Sept.
Supposedly we have a yearling colt going through the ring in Lex. on 9/19.
Out of a so-so Phone Trick mare, though a 4yo Cherokee Run 1/2 won 2yo stakes at Calder, and a 3yo filly 1/2 by Holy Bull is running decent in straight maidens at Penn. Up-side for us is that this colt is sired by Tapit. We booked him long b4 he became successful.
So horsepeople--come on down!
Bid early and often!!
Own yer own Tapit colt!
Don't worry about the cost, just wait for the purse $$ to come rolling in and the stud bookings to follow!
We also have a weanling 1/2 by Two Punch, and hopefully once again I will be out of the horse business.
I hope to be lounging at a newly-constructed mansion on some Tenn.lake that week, with a Fri.trip to Bristol Tenn. for a bluegrass show featuring the stellar lineup of Tim O'Brien,Darrell Scott,John Cowan and Peter Rowan. Followed by a Sat.morning drive to Lex. for the sale and a reunion with my partners. Home that night to catch a show by young blues guitar phenom Noah Wotherspoon.
So--look me up in Lex., or better yet, come to Bristol to hang out with Spider,Darrell, John and Whomever.