11/27/2013 12:00PM

Bob Marks: American Ideal colt sparks interest in his family

Paul White
He's Watching has boosted the value of his immediate family by leaps and bounds.

In last year’s Harrisburg auction, a rather innocuous yearling by American Ideal from the broodmare Baberhood (Real Desire-Babe Watching) sold as hip # 822 attracting a final bid of just $3,000. That youngster turned out to be the undefeated World and New York Sires Stakes champion He’s Watching. That single promising young 2-year-old kick-started an entirely new auction climate for his immediate equine relations.

In 2011, Blue Chip Farms purchased the broodmare Babe Watching (Jennas Beach Boy-Cheer Me Up) from the Perretti Farms dispersal for $9,000. In her belly at the time was a foal by American Ideal. This represented her initial mating with the stallion American Ideal following two Real Desire foals and three Rocknroll Hanover’s. Obviously with American Ideal based at Blue Chip, there was an appeal, though it should be noted that the New York colossus acquired several mares from that Perretti dispersal all of which were carrying New York-eligible foals by either Rock N Roll Heaven or Lucky Chucky.

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That same year, the last of Babe Watching’s Rocknroll Hanover fillies (Rockapulco) sold for all of $8,000 at the Harrisburg auction, which is commensurate with the $9,000 allocated for her broodmare.

Previously, her 2009 foal Babe Per View did not attract a serious bid at the 2010 Lexington selected sale and was retained by Perretti Farms and turned over to Ronnie Burke.

Babe Per View was moderately successful at best, taking a mark of 1:53 at age three, winning five races in all and earning $74,605. At two she won the Green Acres Final at Freehold. Thereafter at age three, she was sold at Harrisburg for a modest amount and at age four competed on the Maine racing circuit.

Another of Babe Watching’s offspring was the above mentioned mare Baberhood, a foal of 2007 who wound up winning one race at two in 1:55 at the Red Mile while earning all of $7,905.

Thus, while the genetic credentials were there, the performance levels were underwhelming at best, leading to the commercial apathies so evident in 2011.

The trend continued into 2012. While the matriarch of the family, Babe Watching, did not have a 2012 yearling, her daughter, Baberhood, had her first foal in He’s Watching, the aforementioned superstar who sold for the sum of $3,000 to a group including trainer David Menary.

In January of 2013, Perretti Farms reacquired Baberhood and her in utero American Ideal brother to that $3,000 2012 yearling at the Meadowlands Winter sale for $6,200. In March of 2013, Baberhood delivered her American Ideal colt called Ideal Team Six.

It should be noted that Baberhood was in the belly when Perretti farms reacquired Babe Watching, who herself being carried by Cheer Me Up when the farm originally acquired the mare.  It should also be noted that Cheer Me Up, a daughter of the great Leah Almahurst and sister to Western Ideal, was purchased by Blue Chip from a partial pacing mare reduction by Perretti Farms in 2001.

Let’s get back to the present. Baberhood’s second foal, Ideal Team Six, instantly becomes a full brother to a champion while the American Ideal product from the second dam Babe Watching (Mullet Blue Chip) would suddenly qualify as a three-quarter brother in blood to He’s Watching since the dams are mother and daughter and the sire is the same.

Mullet Blue Chip sold for $160,000 to Jeff Gillis at this year’s recently completed Harrisburg auction. Ideal Team Six, the younger brother to He’s Watching, would sell for $70,000 to Thomas Hill as part of the weanling segment of the Perretti Farms final dispersal.

Meanwhile, the $6,200 purchase Baberhood, now in foal to Rocknroll Hanover, appreciated to a hammer price of $130,000 as part of the broodmare segment of that dispersal.

Thus one farm bought a mare for $9,000 and sold her first foal for $160,000 while the another farm bought a mare for $6,200 and wound up reselling her and her just weaned baby for the sum total of $200,000.

All this happened because an overlooked $3,000 yearling evolved into the storied He’s Watching.

What a difference a horse makes.