It was just over 6 years ago at the Keeneland September sale that Nick Sallusto & Hanzly Albina purchased a striking Medaglia d’Oro colt for Steven Marshall’s Black Rock Thoroughbreds. That $600,000 colt would be named Violence and he would emerge as one of the leading juveniles of 2012 (and leading contenders for the 2013 Kentucky Derby) with victories in the Grade 2 Nashua Stakes and the Grade 1 CashCall Futurity.
Flash forward to 2017 and Violence is still making headlines. His first crop son Encumbered provided the most recent copy becoming his sire’s second stakes winner with a sparkling victory in the Del Mar Juvenile Turf.
Trained by the white-hot Simon Callaghan for owner Paul Reddam, Encumbered ran fourth to multiple stakes winner Run Away in his career debut in the July 3 Santa Anita Juvenile. He rolled next time when stretching out to a mile on the Del Mar turf.
Although beating My Boy Jack that day, Encumbered was dispatched as the 7-2 second choice in the Sunday rematch likely due to post 13 draw. Encumbered angled across into a good spot in fifth, pounced at the right instant, got first run, and safely held his familiar foe by a half-length in a final time of 1:35.90 on the firm course.
“He broke well and Mario did a super good job of getting him over (toward the rail),” noted Callaghan after the race. “Sometimes you can get hung out wide in these sort of big field turf races. But Mario got him over, got him relaxed and the race worked out for us. This has been a really good meet for us. The team has done a great job, we’ve had some momentum and things have worked out for the best.”
Now the earner of $102,000 from his 3-2-0-0 line Encumbered was purchased for $225,000 at OBS this April, one of 22 six-figure juveniles by Violence. The colt is out of the Street Cry mare Dying to Dance, from the further family of transatlantic turf stars Mrs. Penny and Hatoof.
His pedigree is versatile, however, and Callaghan indicated that Encumbered could well try dirt again down the line. For the near term, he’ll likely pursue his turf options with the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) run at Del Mar this year.
Among his slew of other early Violence winners is the stakes winner Buy Sell Hold, winner of the Kentucky Juvenile over males on the Churchill Downs main track during Kentucky Derby week.