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California 2YOs: US$650k Sir Cherokee Colt
Bloodstock agent John Moynihan (again bidding for Jess Jackson's Stonestreet Stables) also paid US$650,000 for a Kentucky-bred colt by Crestwood Farm-based freshman sire Sir Cherokee (out of unraced Dehere mare Candytuft) consigned by Niall Brennan Stables as agent. Candytuft is also the dam of US 2007 champion sprinter Midnight Lute & Moynihan told thoroughbredtimes.com: "I thought he was the horse: really, really nice. He's a half to a champion & what I loved about him is he looked like a really top Cherokee Run (Sir Cherokee's sire)." Bloodstock agent Mike Ryan previously purchased the colt at the 2007 Keeneland September yearling sale for US$150,000 on behalf of Brennan & Ryan's pin-hooking partnership. Brennan told bloodhorse.com one of the reasons he targeted the Barretts sale with his colt (who clocked 10.4sec for 1 furlong during the pre-sale breeze-up) was because of Midnight Lute, who is trained by Southern California conditioner Bob Baffet, noting: "We thought he would be our big colt out here & we thought he would fit this market. He is a hell of a colt & he sold himself. He is just a push-button colt: very intelligent, just class all of the time."