08/30/2016 10:40AM

Blue skies for Clearsky Farm

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Lord Nelson, winning the Bing Crosby, is among this year's racing stars produced by breeder Clearsky Farm.

Record-setting Travers Stakes winner Arrogate continued a banner year for his breeder, Clearsky Farm, giving the Lexington, Ky., operation yet another high-level performer this season.

Arrogate, a son of the late Unbridled’s Song and out of the stakes-placed Distorted Humor mare Bubbler, was bred by the farm and sold for $560,000 to Juddmonte Farms at the Keeneland September yearling sale. At that same sale, Clearsky sold the co-sale-topper, a $2.2 million colt by leading sire Tapit out of Grade 2 winner Justwhistledixie. That colt, Mohaymen, is a four-time Grade 2 stakes winner for Shadwell Farm and finished fourth in this year’s Kentucky Derby.

Other Clearsky-bred runners on the track this year include Lord Nelson, who is 3 for 3 on the season with Grade 1 victories in the Triple Bend and Bing Crosby stakes. The farm sold the son of Pulpit for $340,000 at the 2013 Keeneland September sale. Silvertoni – a Tapit filly whose dam, Somasuch, was Clearsky’s first winner – sold for $230,000 as a yearling last year and won the Kentucky Juvenile before finishing second in the Grade 2 Adirondack Stakes.

Clearsky Farms was established by the late Eamon Cleary in 2009 and now has a number of farm holdings in Kentucky. Cleary died of cancer in 2012.

Clearsky Farm has a 12-horse consignment at the upcoming Keeneland September yearling sale, including a Medaglia d’Oro filly who is a half-sister to Arrogate, two Tapit fillies, and a colt by Triple Crown sire Pioneerof the Nile.

Bronwyn MacDonald 8 months ago

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