Home Doll sale Mating plans: Sun Valley Farm

Mating plans: Sun Valley Farm


With the 2022 breeding season fast approaching, we’ll be showcasing a series of breeder mating plans over the next few weeks. Today we have Barry Butzer from Sun Valley Farm.

WILLA (m, 5, Will Take Charge–Miss Kilroy, by AP Indy), to be raised at Blameand his half-sister KITTY (m, 3, Street Boss–Miss Kilroy, by AP Indy), to be bred with Union Rags

Very lucky to have my dad by his side the day Miss Kilroy stepped into the ring at the Keeneland Breeding Stock Sale in January 2009, an 11 year old AP Indy daughter with a winner. While I was thinking about it, he bought it. Over the next 18 months she produced her first entries winner, and another daughter became Group 1 placed entries in Ireland.

Fast forward 13 years and she has proven to be one of the best impulse buys ever for us, a page that has grown to include five individual stake producing girls. While Miss Kilroy (aged 24) is happily enjoying her retirement, these (two of her last three daughters) are just beginning their career as brood mares:

Willa, a three-start minor winner, is expecting her first colt by Gun Runner next month and is heading to Blame this season. I can’t think of a better stallion to start a young mare. From a personal perspective, we bred a very talented filly from Blame, a wire-to-wire winner in a first Oaklawn stage last month. Coming from an Unbridled’s Song mare, the choice was obvious.

Although she hasn’t raced, Kitty is a solidly built sprinter, much like her father, Street Boss. I thought Union Rags was a great fit for her. We’ve had a number of them and they still deliver size, reach and athleticism. I think he’s in a great place to use, having recently experimented with large books full of quality mares, while holding himself at twice the cost.

COURT CALL (m, 11, Candy Ride {Arg}–Rehear, by Coronado’s Quest), to be bred to Charlatan

Currently full of Frosted, Court Appeal is off to a quick start as a producer. His first foal is multi-entry winner Elle Z (City Zip) and his second foal is the talented GI-stakes placed Ginsburned (Noble Mission {GB}). Hard to imagine, other than the fact that they are both Lane’s End stallions, two stallions with [such] very different profiles, so I think she might be the real deal. His current 3-year-old daughter Mrs. Whistler (tonalist) has some pretty impressive works for the MyRacehorse owner.

Charlatan has the goods and is a slam dunk commercially. The competition was keen to get a nice mare, so we chose Court Appeal. I always like to double important females, and this mating finds Silken Doll (second dam of Speightstown) repeated as third dam of Court Appeal.

BETWIXTING (m, 6 years old, Macho Uno–Between the Clouds, by Sky Classic), to be bred at Quality Road

Homebred Betwixting has given us an exciting 2021, taking five straight wins, culminating with a victory in the Satin and Lace S. She comes from a productive family from Sam-Son Farm, with her mother being a half-sister to a Canada champion.

Betwixting proved to be a true sprint specialist, with a devastating late kick at five and six furlongs. Quality Road proved to be a consistent source of two-round ranked bet winners on Saturday afternoon, so I thought it was a great game. Corniche’s dam (Quality Road) turns out to be Blushing Groom/Nijinsky, a pedigree with very strong similarities to our Betwixting.

HIGH STYLE (m, 15, Giant’s Causeway–All Charming, by Slewvescant), to mate with Essential Qualityand her daughter MCNALLY (h, 4, Liam’s Map), to mate with Candy Ride {Arg}

High Style is another mare who has produced a few graded stakes horses for us, including Belmont’s GII Sands Point S winner New and Improved (Cairo Prince). New and Improved recently made headlines, as the second best-selling foal mare. at Authentic–at Keeneland’s November sale. Versatile producer with winners at the highest level on dirt, grass and synthetic.

The champion and winner of the Essential Quality Classic will be High Style’s most accomplished companion to date. You can’t help but fall in love with his track record and deep family ties. He looked classy as he posed in Godolphin Court the afternoon we visited; when he went for a walk, he closed the deal.

McNally will begin his new career by visiting the yard of top stallion Candy Ride {Arg}. Arguably the most accomplished of the proven sires, and he seems to be establishing a line of sire sires that few in history can match. Again, when it comes to young mares, the proven sire is the best choice.

Candy Ride provides that in spades and has a real affinity for the Unbridled’s Song line.

DIVINE ESCAPADE (m, 13, AP Indy–Madcap Escapade, by Hennessy), to mate with Candy Ride {Arg}

Currently in foal to Curlin, a multi-stakes producing AP Indy mare, whose first dam was not only a top seller, but known for putting on a show in a Grade I. Her first two stakes horses to date (by Speightstown and by Runhappy), both showed ability; his 3-year-old filly (Blame) is in Japan; and his Gun Runner (2) and Good Magic (yearling) are in good hands.

For the reasons stated above, Candy Ride also made the most sense there. This mare is a typical AP Indy (except for her chestnut color), big frame and lots of bone.

On the pedigree, the physical presence and the success of this cross, Candy Ride made all the sense in the world. Also, his 2-year-old Gun Runner seems to be quite special.

CHAUSIE (m, 14, Bluegrass Cat–Descapate, by Dehere), to be bred at Omaha Beachand MARRAKESH EXPRESS (m, 8, Union Rags–Layounne, by Mt. Livermore), to be bred with Improbable

Two other mares share a connection by each having a filly sold at Saratoga last year – a Union Rags and a Munnings [respectively]– two fillies we have high hopes for in their future racing careers.

Chausie, currently in foal to Munnings, is a winning producer and regularly gets a good type of sale. She is heading to Omaha Beach this season. His dam, Descapate, gained up to seven lengths, a family we believe in. Omaha Beach is a must and comes from one of the best families in the stud book. The Dehere 4×3 opportunity definitely drove this mating.

Marrakesh Express, currently in foal to Global Campaign, comes from a prestigious Harbor View Farm family and is booked at Improbable for 2022. She is the only freshman horse I missed in 2021. The filly Munnings of this mare was in our top five this year; filly with long legs and of any quality. One look at this horse, and there’s no doubt that these Improbable colts will make everyone’s short list at sales.

Let us know who you are breeding your mares with in 2022, and why. We will print a selection of your answers in NDT over the next few weeks. Please send details to: [email protected]