September 10 – Sagamore Farm’s Barry Lee held off Captivating Moon to capture the Arlington-Washington Futurity at Arlington Park.
The two-year-old colt is the third stakes winner for freshman sire Violence and second stakes winner in six days after Encumbered scored in the Del Mar Juvenile Turf. Barry Lee and Encumbered join Kentucky Juvenile S. winner Buy Sell Hold giving Violence stakes winners on dirt, turf and synthetic surfaces. The Medaglia d’Oro stallion is now the leading first crop sire of stakes winners.
Barry Lee was purchased earlier this year for $380,000 at the OBS March sale, one of 22 six-figure juveniles by Violence. He rolled to a 6 1/2-length victory in his debut on July 14.
It was just over 6 years ago at the Keeneland September sale that Nick Sallusto & Hanzly Albina purchased Violence for Steven Marshall’s Black Rock Thoroughbreds. His $600,000 price tag would prove a bargain 15 months later when he ran away with the Grade 2 Nashua Stakes and the Grade 1 CashCall Futurity. Those victories made him one of the early choices for the 2013 Kentucky Derby.
Violence has stood his first four seasons at Hill ‘n’ Dale Farms for $15,000 and has already earned over $6 million in service fees. His early success will likely warrant and even higher fee for the 2018 season.