IN WHAT is an Aussie first, Victorian breeding establishment Aldebaran Park is offering an Australian-bred yearling during a sale in North America later this year.
Bred and raised at Aldebaran Park, Aldebaran Boko will be offered at the famed Lexington Selected Yearling Sale during Red Mile Week starting on October 6.
She is the first Australian-bred standardbred to be sold at a USA yearling sale.
With trotting bloodlines, the youngster is a daughter of former world champion and Two and Three-Year-Old Trotter of the Year Father Patrick Tr 3, 1:50.4 ($2.5 million), whose first two crops have earned $7.5million including an outstanding colt in Greenshoe Tr 3, 1:49.8 ($1.3 million), last year’s USA Trotter of the Year, and a top filly in Sister Sledge Tr 2, 1:53.2 ($555,313).
Endsino – the dam of the filly – won 11 races including four at Group level, earned $185,203 in stakes and took a mile record of 1:58.1 as a three-year-old and was in the top flight of juveniles – both colts and fillies – of her era.
Endsino is bred ‘in the purple’, being by the great Angus Hall from Jauriol which is a Group One winner and a former Australian Two and Three-Year-Old Trotter of the Year and the winner of 22 races for $248,824 in stakemoney.
The filly is Endsino’s first foal and one of the second ‘Down Under’ crop of Father Patrick. She has since produced a colt foal by the American-bred Aldebaran Eagle Tr 3, 1:52.2 ($240,926).
She was bred by Aldebaran Park and sold as a weanling to John Bootsman, principal of Boko Farms, Holland, the leading breeder in Sweden n and a regular visitor and purchaser of Aldebaran Park juvenile yearlings and weanlings.
Aldebaran Park principal Duncan McPherson said the filly promises to strike another blow in his quest for internationalization and globalization of the trotter in Australia.
“It will be a very interesting to see how the filly shapes up in the Sales arena against the best the USA has to offer,” McPherson said.
“We are keen to show the northern hemisphere that Aldebaran Park Australia and indeed southern hemisphere breeders can produce top quality trotting yearlings here in Australia thus providing greater opportunities for breeders and purchasers the world over.”
The filly will be prepared for the Lexington Sale by the renowned Hunterton Farm in Kentucky, managed by Steve and Cindy Stewart.
- PETER WHARTON