His first stakes winner is MISS BULLISTIC, who captured Laurel Park's time-honored $100,000 Selima S on Saturday, Sept. 27 with a powerful performance. Kathleen Willier's 2-year-old filly, bred in Maryland by Graham Motion, has shown an affinity for the turf. Trainer Hamilton Smith sent her out first time on the grass on Sept. 6 to break her maiden by more than two lengths. Stepping up to face a dozen rivals in the five and a half-furlong Selima S., she powered home in the stretch to win by a length and a half. “The main thing that happened to her is that we moved to grass," said Smith. "She has more speed on grass. She’s bred for grass. Her mother (Miss Lombardi) won the Maryland Million on grass. I hope she’s the same. She’s done a fine job sprinting so far but I want to test her long. Her daddy was a long runner. I have no definite plans but something in the Maryland Million (Oct. 18 at Laurel). I suspect a bright future. She can’t do anything but go up from here.” Sold as a yearling at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic fall sale for $30,000, MISS BULLISTIC has now earned $90,120 in four starts.
BULLSBAY is also the sire of Bullheaded Boy, a winner and twice stakes-placed in three starts! Gary Barber's colt trained by Todd Pletcher won his debut at Saratoga in July, finished third in the Funny Cide S. at the upstate New York track in August, and was second in the Bertram F. Bongard S. at Belmont Park on Sept. 21. The dark bay, a $115,000 Ocala 2-year-old sales horse bred in New York by Zeke Kobak and Danny Bramer, has earned $93,800.
The sire of 23 foals in his first crop, BULLSBAY remains solidly atop the leading freshman sires list in the Mid-Atlantic region. The Grade 1-winning son of Tiznow is from a family of precocious runners, and his first runners are proving just as precocious!