TRACY Farmer spent 695,000gns at Tattersalls in December for Fev Rover. At the weekend the four-year-old won the Grade 2 Canadian Stakes at Woodbine, going one better than her recent placing in the Grade 2 Dance Smartly Stakes at the same track.
Fev Rover, a daughter of Gutaifan (Dark Angel) and his best runner to date, won the Group 2 Prix du Calvados and was third in the Group 1 1000 Guineas. She was purchased by Lincoln Collins and Joe Miller for Farmer, an owner and breeder in the USA. Bidding at Tattersalls opened at 600,000gns.
Bred by Luke Barry’s Minister House Stud, Fev Rover was bought as a yearling for £20,000 by Howson and Houldsworth, sent in to training with Richard Fahey, and raced for Nick Bradley and partners.
“We are happy to get her, we thought she was the best racing prospect in the sale and she should have plenty of residual value as a Group 2 winner and classic-placed,” said Miller at the time of her sale. “She will go to Florida to Mark Casse.”
Farmer may or may not eventually add her to his broodmare band in Kentucky. “It is a possibility that the client will breed from her in future; he has a broodmare band,” said Collins.
“He has had success with horses he has bought, but his Belmont winner of a few years ago, Sir Winston, is a homebred. We have also had significant success with a filly we bought, Perfect Alibi. She won the Grade 1 Spinaway Stakes.” Perfect Alibi sold at Fasig-Tipton last year for $2 million.
Fev Rover is the third foal and third multiple winner for her two-year-old winning dam Laurelita (High Chaparral). Bred by the late Maria O’Grady, Laurelita sold as a yearling for 39,000gns and went on to win over seven furlongs as a juvenile on her second outing. She was some bargain when sold on for 11,000gns in a private transaction at the Tattersalls Autumn Sale at three.
There is sure to be more success as Laurelita’s two-year-old Global Resolve (Starspangledbanner) sold to Mark McStay last year for 90,000gns and is due to race for owner Dr Johnny Hon. The mare also has a yearling filly from the first crop by Invincible Army (Invincible Spirit) and a colt foal by Dark Angel (Acclamation).
Laurelita is one of seven winners from the juvenile winner Chervil (Dansili), and she is a three-parts sister to Grade 1 winner and multiple stakes producer Light Jig (Danehill). That mare won the Yellow Ribbon Stakes and the best of her three stakes winners is the Grade 1 Derby winner Seek Again (Speightstown).