Buffum son making noise in Jamaica

Jamaican 18-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta found his newest potential champion in Buffum’s son Stranger Danger, who completed his undefeated juvenile campaign with a 16-length victory in the seven-furlong on Dec. 29 at Caymanas Park. See video here

“This performance, for me,” DaCosta told the Jamaica Observer, “was quite a memorable one, both in its execution and timeliness. Definitely, Stranger Danger is a very talented horse and horses such as these you do not see very often. In this deciding race, he was asked to go very fast early as he was pressed to do so by the Anthony Nunes runner Juice Man. He took up the challenge and eventually shook him off before going on to win on a canter. It was a very good performance and the hope now is for Stranger Danger to keep sound and fulfil his enormous potential.”

It was the third win in as many tries for the dark bay Stranger Danger. DaCosta purchased him for $7,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Yearling sale from the Thornmar consignment of co-breeders Charles and Cynthia McGinnes (who bred Stranger Danger in partnership with trainer Tim Keefe). Out of the Dehere mare Casual Kiss (also bred by the McGinneses), Stranger Danger is a half-brother to 2018 graded stakes winner and Grade 1-placed Still Having Fun.

Buffum is firing at 100 percent with his juvenile starters – in his first two small crops, totaling 10 named foals, he’s had seven 2-year-old starters – all are winners! His four winners from four starters in 2018 also include No Refunds, a two-time winner and earner of $85,636. Three of Buffum’s six foals in his first crop are stakes performers – stakes winners Buff’s Eye View and Clever Mind and multiple stakes-placed Buff’s in Love.