11/14/2014 4:00PM

Keeneland November: Japan-bred Barocci to Ravdansen Stud in Sweden

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Barocci has made a living as a world traveler, having been foaled in Japan and racing at a graded stakes level in the U.S. and France.

The 6-year-old son of Deep Impact found himself headed toward another international destination on Thursday during the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, selling late in the session to Sweden’s Ravdansen Stud as a stallion prospect for $57,000.

“We’ve been following this horse for several years, and we really wanted him,” said Marie Yoshida of Swynford Management, which signed the ticket as agent for the Swedish farm. “He’ll bring the amazing bloodlines of Sunday Silence and Deep Impact to Europe, and especially to Scandinavia.”

Barocci went through the ring after an on-track career that featured four wins in 19 starts for earnings of $293,402. Bred in Japan by the French-based Wildenstein family’s Dayton Investments, Ltd., Barocci spent his first two seasons racing as a homebred in France, winning the listed Prix Omnium and finishing second in the Grade 3 Prix du Prince d’Orange.

Between his 3-year-old and 4-year-old seasons, Barocci was sold privately to Hronis Racing, based in California, where he raced for three years. His time in the U.S. was highlighted by placings in the Grade 2 City of Hope Mile Stakes at Santa Anita and the American Handicap at Hollywood Park. He raced once in 2014, finishing last in the Wickerr Stakes in August at Del Mar before being sent to the Keeneland November sale, where he was consigned as agent by Lane’s End.

Barocci will join Eishin Dunkirk, a 17-year-old son of Mr. Prospector, and Philomatheia, a 17-year-old Danzig horse, on the Ravdansen Stud roster. The farm is located in Arla, Sweden in the southeast corner of the country, about 68 miles west of Stockholm.

“Both of them were racing in Japan, and we always said they have to be turf horses and they have to have perfect bloodlines,” Yoshida said. “In the case of Barocci, it’s the Wildenstein family. You hear about the Wertheimers and the Aga Khan, but the Wildenstiens are amazing.”

Barocci is out of the French Group 3-placed stakes-winning Giant’s Causeway mare Bastet, whose four foals to race are all winners, including French classic-winning full sister Beauty Parlor. He is from the family of two-time Australian Horse of the Year Might and Power and Australian classic winner Mosheen.

“The Wildensteins, like the Wertheimers, the Aga Khan and the Niarchos family, do not hesitate to send their best mares to Japan to have them be covered by, in the past Sunday Silence, and now Deep Impact,” Yoshida continued. “This is very rare and precious and we are very excited.”

Yoshida described the Swedish Thoroughbred racing and breeding program as fairly small, residing in a Scandinavian region dominated by harness racing. There are three major venues for Thoroughbred racing in Sweden: Taby Racecourse north of Stockholm, Jagersro in the southwest city of Malmo, and Goteborg Galopp in Gothenburg, south of the Norway border.

According to the Swedish Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association, approximately 400 Thoroughbreds are born in the country each year.

“This horse may help them to grow again, we hope,” Yoshida said about Barocci. “It’s very small in Sweden. Breeders tend to buy their mares at Tattersalls in Newmarket, England. They also tend to buy foals or yearlings there. One of the biggest owners is a member of ABBA, the pop group. They’re very passionate about horse racing, maybe more about trotters, but these people are trying to survive with Thoroughbreds and this is our plan to get Swedish and Scandinavian breeding back on track.”