Mon, 09/16/2019 - 10:16

Quality Road colt from a female family that includes such Farish family successes as A.P. Indy and Summer Squall was purchased by Dallas businessman Tom Durant for $950,000 during the early portion of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale's fourth session Sept. 13.

"Quality Road is one of the best out there. Tom bought a couple at the 2-year-old sales this year and, like everyone else, is looking for a Derby horse," said Josh Stevens, who signed for the colt on Durant's behalf in reference to finding a classic horse that could compete in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1). "We tried on some earlier and realized how strong it was going to get, so just decided to find a couple we really loved and go after them."

KEESEP, Hip 646: yearling, c, 2018, Quality Road - Storm Showers, by Storm Cat; Breeder:W. S. Farish & Kilroy Thoroughbred (KY)

Sale Price: $950,000
Buyer: Tom Durant
Consignor: Lane's End, agent

Stevens said the market has been so strong that he estimates a purchase price by doubling his appraisal.

"The Curlin who brought all the money (Hip 274 that sold for $4.1 million) we had on our list but you never know who is going to be on them and see where you fit in. When it is your turn, it's your turn," he said. "This colt was just an elite physical. You look at what Lane's End has accomplished for the past couple of years and so when you see a nice colt that they consigned, and raised, you know what they're capable of doing. That gives you more excitement about the possibility.

"There is a lot of money left in this sale so I think we'll see this for a couple more days," Stevens added.

The bay colt, bred in Kentucky by W. S. Farish and Kilroy Thoroughbred Partnership and consigned by Lane's End as Hip 646, is out of the winning Storm Cat mare Storm Showers, a daughter of grade 3 stakes winner Welcome Surprise, the granddam of grade 3 winner Guest Suite.

The colt's third dam is Lane's End's multiple grade 3 winner Weekend Surprise, a daughter of Secretariat who produced Horse of the Year and leading sire A.P. Indy, Preakness Stakes (G1) winner and prominent sire Summer Squall, and stakes winner Eavesdropper, among a long list of black-type winners.