Hank Nothhaft’s HnR NothhaftHorseracing purchased HnR homebred by American Pharoah for $220,000 at Keeneland November. Envied is out of HnR race horse and broodmare Halljoy by Halling.
Envied, campaigned by HnR, earned black type at Louisiana Downs placing in the Happy Ticket Stakes and at Colonial Downs in the Tyson Gilpin Stakes.
Upon retirement and as part of a risk mitigation strategy, HnR used a foal share arrangement to breed Envied to Justify. In order to retain 100% ownership in Envied, HnR placed Envied in the Keeneland November auction via Ballysax Bloodstock for a potential buy back..
Due to strong interest in Envied, particularly by some Japanese bidders, HnR paid up for Envied at a $220,000 price tag. Hank Nothhaft stated, “We are quite happy to retain her at this price, look forward to foaling her Justify colt in the spring, with current thinking of breeding her back to Justify.”
So, Envied is by Triple Crown winner & Breeders’ Cup Classic winner American Pharoah. Her breeding partner Justify shares the same achievements.
HnR Nothhaft Horseracing bred weanling Justify colt out of millionaire, multiple graded stakes mare Living the Life sold as Hip 24 at the Fasig Tipton Night of the Stars November 6th 2022 in Lexington, Kentucky.
After spirited bidding, the colt sold for $285,000, second highest price for Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup Classic Champion Justify in the sale. Justify is off to blazing start as the leading Freshman sire with 4 Graded Stakes winners and highest progeny earnings. Living the Life 22 was purchased by a world renowned end-user with plans to race the colt in Europe.
Athletic, large Justify weanling colt by Triple Crown Champion Justify bred by Hank Nothhaft’s HnR Nothhaft Horseracing consigned by Ballysax Bloodstock offered as Hip24 at the Fasig Tipton Night of the Stars Sale 6 November 2022 in Lexington, KY. The weanling colt is out of Multiple Graded Stakes Winning, millionaire mare Living the Life. Living the Life won 10 times, including 3 graded stakes, in 35 career starts accumulating $1,000,028 in career earnings. The colt was foaled and raised at Coolmore American in Versailles, KY.
Nimitz and Prodigy Doll have returned to training after multi month lay offs for Hank Nothhaft’s HnR Nothhaft Horseracing (HnR) Nimitz started the year well, posting 2 wins in 4 starts along with a place. His last race was a win in an open Allowance race at Penn National posting a career best E93. Post race, Nimitz was off a bit and it turned out to be a tiny bone chip which was removed.
The insignificance of the chip was indicated by only a 90 day layoff. Anything of consequence requires at least six months. Nimitz kept well during his layoff and came back to the track looking fit with good condition. Nimitz has been training forwardly and now is ready to return to the races. Nimitz should run in the first half of November.
Prodigy Doll was turned out after losing her edge earlier this year. There were no soundness issues involved. Also, Prodigy Doll (KY) did not seem to be coping well with the heat of the summer.
The refresh seems to have agreed with Prodigy Doll (KY). Her energy level is very high and her enthusiasm for training has returned. Today’s work was outstanding. Prodigy Doll (KY) is likely to return to the races in late November/early December.
Two PABreds and One KYBred invade the Golden State
Hank Nothhaft’s HnR Horseracing Nothhaft Horseracing (HnR Horseracing) got its’ start in Northern CA in the 2007 time frame while we were living in Saratoga CA at the time. We enjoyed a number of years racing in both northern and southern CA. Our favorite track was Bay Meadows, but ran at all the CA tracks including most of the Fair Circuit venues.
Sulis with Practical Joke PABred filly Huntingcoco Chandelier Stakes Grade 2 Breeders’ Cup Win and Your In Santa Anita Park 6
Once we got some direct experience in the wonderful world thoroughbred horse racing, HnR Horseracing decided to combine racing with commercial breeding. Our goal was/is to breed horses that are valuable enough so that we couldn’t or wouldn’t afford to buy them. We have accomplished that goal many times over.
HnR Horseracing geographic focus in the breeding business is and has been the Mid-Atlantic and Kentucky with a strong focus on PA.
It’s true horses can take you anywhere, but it is a bit surprising and thrilling for a small operation like HnR Horseracing to find itself blessed with three starters in races in CA on Saturday say instead of PA. Though it is surprising, I have found over the years that the thoroughbred industry is filled with surprises, both good and bad. Another odd coincidence is that Jockeys Edwin Maldonado and Joe Bravo rode for HnR Horseracing on a number of occasions while racing in CA.
The horses and the Races!!
Carson Jen Race 4 Santa Anita Park MSW Jockey Joe Bravo Trainer George Papaprodromou
Miss Mahalia 20 filly by Gunrunner 3 days of age now Carson Jen
Carson Jen frolicking at Coolmore America
Huntingcoco Race 6 Santa Antia Park Chandelier Stakes Grade 2 Jockey Edwin Maldonado Trainer Bob Baffert
Lookin to Excel Race 3 Fresno MSW Jockey Irving Orozco Trainer Jamey Thomas
Lookin to Excel PABred colt by Lookin at Lucky o/o Exceed and Excel mare Macaabra
Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale ended its record run on Saturday, September 24, with gross sales of $405,495,700, the highest in Keeneland auction history, and September Sale records for average ($142,429) and median ($70,000) prices.
Hank Nothhaft’s HnR Nothhaft Horseracing offered two homebred yearlings for sale, Kindle 21 a colt by American Pharoah as Hip 1053 and Laseen 21, a filly by Justify as Hip 1061 via Consignor Ballysax Bloodstock. Both horses were foaled, raised and prepped at Coolmore America. Though there are a myriad of risks involved with thoroughbred horse breeding, one of the most significant is sire selection. Trying to predict who is going to be “hot” a couple years out is a matter of science, luck and timing.
Fortunately. we did reasonably well with our sire selections for this sale. Clearly there are some stallions in stronger demand, but with commensurately higher stud fees such as Into Mischief, Quality Road, and the amazing run being put in by Gunrunner. Demand for American Pharoah, no longer the new kid on the block, has flourished and is strong, with American Pharoah standing 12th place on the General Sires’ List. Justify, our other choice is off to a very strong start as a Freshmen Sire, leading in stakes horses and graded stakes winners. This puts Justify in the very hot, if not red hot category.
Given that background, Kindle 21 sold for $300,000 which is the 8th highest price among the 72 American Pharoahs offered at the sale. The purchaser of Kindle 21 is Myracehorse.com, wildly successful, pioneer of micro share thoroughbred ownership.
This was the 3rd Kindle colt sold by HnR at auction. HnR sold Kindle 17 by American Pharoah as a weanling in November, 2017 for $400K and Kindle 18 by Pioneer of the Nile for $510K as a weanling added to Kindle 21’s proceeds, Kindle has produced $1,100,000 in sales from three foals. HnR campaigned Made in America (KY) Kindle 16 colt by Tiznow, a stakes winner and currently has Kindle (KY) 20 in training aka American Symphony colt by Into Mischief.
Interest in Laseen 21 was significant, given her strong pedigree, graded stakes dam and athletic, physical make-up. Laseen was 13th highest price of the 82 Justifys offered at the sale.
Laseen 21 was purchased by well known, east coast trainer David Cannizzo. We wish the new connections good luck with their new stable additions.
Huntingcoco, a 2 yo PABred filly bred and sold by Hank Nothhaft’s HnR Nothhaft Horseracing won impressively for Bob Baffert and her connections in her first start. Huntingcoco is by promising 2nd crop sire Practical Joke and o/o Sulis by Maria’s Mon. Going 5.5 furlongs on the dirt at Del Mar on September 4th, Huntingcoco was sent at 7:1 odds, substantially higher than her high priced ($950K Keeneland yearling purchase) stablemate Carla, the odds on favorite. Breaking well along the rail, Huntingcoco asserted herself in the stretch and won by a widening 6 3/4 lengths. .
Huntingcoco dominated the field in MSW Del Mar
Nine days after this fine effort, Huntingcoco worked lights out at Delmar on September 13th. Huntingcoco put in a serious work going 46.40 for the day’s bullet work.
Given Huntingcoco’s success and continued level of effort, one wonders where Huntingcoco will show up next. One distinct possibility is the Chandelier Stakes contested this year on October 8th at Santa Anita Park. The race is for 2 yo fillies, going 1 1/6 mile on the dirt for a $200,000 purse. The Chandelier is a Grade 2 that is part of the Breeders’ Cup Win and You are in Championship Series. Previous winner’s of the Chandelier include Blind Luck, Song Bird and Serena’s Song. This would be a major step up for Huntingcoco, but she has shown strong signs of significant talent. If this is not her next stop, it will be fun watching to see where the connections place her for her next effort.
Undefeated Triple Crown Winner Justify is off to an impressive start as a sire as his first crop continues to perform exceptionally well. Laseen 21 is o/o Multiple Graded Stakes placed Laseen by Dylan Thomas. The Justify/Laseen cross has produced 5 graded stakes winners along with 6 black type stakes winners. Bred by Hank Nothhaft’s HnR Nothhaft Horseracing, Laseen 21 is offered by Ballysax Bloodstock as HIP 1061.
This large, physically impressive, tall filly was born and raised @Coolmore America. Her large frame portends continued physical development as Laseen 21 fills out her large frame.
A powerfully built, athletic colt by American Pharoah o/o stakes producing mare Kindle by Indian Charlie is being offered as Hip 1053. at Keeneland September yearling sale by Ballysax Bloodstock. If you are looking for a precocious and stunning looking colt, don’t miss out on this one.
Bred by Hank Nothhaft’s HnR Nothhaft Horseracing LLC (HnR Horseracing), Kindle 21 is the 5th foal and 5th colt produced by Kindle. After a year off, Kindle is in foal with a filly by Munnings.
Kindle’s first foal is Made in America by Tiznow. Campaigned by HnR, Made in America (KY) started 6 times, winning 3 times and placing 2 times. The only time Made in America (KY) didn’t hit the board was his first race. In his last start, Made in America (KY) won the Forego Stakes at Turfway Park.
Kindle’s second foal, a colt from American Pharoah’s first crop created a sensation at the Keeneland Sales. After being sold by HnR for $400K as a weanling, the colt was resold as a yearling for $2.2 Million, the highest price paid for a American Pharoah yearling. The buyer was Godolphin. The colt was exported to Europe, named Confidential Act, and never raced.
The 3rd Kindle colt was sold by HnR as a yearling at the Saratoga Select Sale, bringing $520K. By Pioneer of the Nile, the new owner John Oxley, named hime Palazzi and turned the training over to HOF trainer Mark Casse. Palazzi, a stakes winner and still active, sports a 18 2 3 2 recored with earnings of $320k
Kindle then produced an Into Mischief colt. Retained by HnR for racing, Kindle 20 is now named American Symphony and is in training with Phil Schoenthal towards making his first start.
HnR Nothhaft Horseracing PABred Practical Joke Filly wins for fun Del Mar one MSW, 4 September 2022
Huntingcoco, by leading 2nd Crop Sire Practical Joke, made her debut today in the 1st race at Del Mar Turf Club for Bob Baffert. Huntingcoco put in a series of solid works at San Luis Rey and then Del Mar for Baffert, but his other entry, Carla, a $950,000 Keeneland Yearling, went off as the prohibitive Favorite.
Hunting Coco, Pictured at 3 months, wins her 2yo debut against stacked field at Del Mar 4 Sept, 2022
Huntingcoco stalked the early leaders before unleashing an impressive stretch drive resulting in a 6 3/4 length win at 7/1 odds. Huntingcoco earned an E89 for her efforts. It will be exciting to see where Hunting Coco runs next after dominating this impressive field.