First Winner by Kentucky stallion Violence

First Starter, First Winner for Violence

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April 20 – Buy Sell Hold, the first starter for Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms’ freshman sire Violence, won in commanding fashion April 20 when she took a $60,000 maiden special weight at Keeneland by 4 1/2 lengths.

Bred in Kentucky by Hill ‘n’ Dale Equine Holdings and Stretch Run Ventures, the gray or roan filly is the first foal out of stakes winner Melody Lady (Unbridled’s Song) and is owned by J. Kirk and Judy Robison, who bought her as a yearling for $67,000 at the Keeneland September yearling sale. Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales consigned the filly.

Buy Sell Hold was quick out of the gate in her debut, and took the field of six other challengers through early fractions of :22.57 and :45.68. She won pulling away to complete 4 1/2 furlongs in :51.84.

Melody Lady is the second foal and first stakes winner produced by multiple grade 1 winner Lady Tak, whose four graded stakes victories include the 2003 Test Stakes (G1) and the 2004 Ballerina Handicap (G1). Lady Tak also produced Japanese black-type stakes winner A Shin Spartan (Zensational).

Violence, a son of Medaglia d’Oro, was bred in Kentucky by Dell Ridge Farm. Steve Marshall’s Black Rock Stables bought him out of Hill ‘n’ Dale’s consignment at the 2011 Keeneland September yearling sale for $600,000 through agents Nick Sallusto and Hanzly Albina.

The colt became one of the winter book favorites for the 2013 Kentucky Derby. Trained by Todd Pletcher, he won at Saratoga Race Course in his debut at 2 and then took the Nashua Stakes (G2). He closed out the year with a score in the CashCall Futurity (G1).

His runner-up effort in the Fountain of Youth to eventual Kentucky Derby champion Orb was his only race at 3. He was retired with a record of 3-1-0 from four starts and earnings of $623,000. He stands for $15,000.

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