Tale of Ekati Foals

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Dark Vader finished 2nd in the West Virginia Cornhusker Handicap (G3) by a neck last Friday (7/5/19).

Girvin's first year at stud this year. I wonder what kind of book of mares he has?
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Despite not getting very big books of mares in recent years, Tale of Ekati does get a good one now and again, like Girvin, Verve's Tale ($636K), Tale of S'avall, Tale of Verve, who finished 2nd to American Pharoah in the Preakness, and Dark Vader should win a graded stake before he is through, maybe more than one.
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Despite not getting very big books of mares in recent years, Tale of Ekati does get a good one now and again, like Girvin, Verve's Tale ($636K), Tale of S'avall, Tale of Verve, who finished 2nd to American Pharoah in the Preakness, and Dark Vader should win a graded stakes before he is through, maybe more than one.
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Totally Obsessed is a 3 year old full sister to Dark Vader and has won 4 out of 5 races this year including a 75K stakes race, mostly in Ohio. She has won 178K and change so far. Should win more.

If I owned Dark Obsession, dam of Totally Obsessed and Dark Vader, I would keep on breeding her to Tale of Ekati.
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Avalina won the $75,000 Parx Springs Oaks on 5/20/19 by more than 8 lengths. That is now 3 wins and a second in 5 races for the 3 year old daughter of Tale of Ekati.
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The Beauty's Tale is entered in the $100,000 Ellen's Lucky Star Stakes at Indiana Grand Race Course on 7/17/19.
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Here is kind of a funny one. Dark Vader and Draft Pick are stable mates (same trainer). Draft Pick was bought for 450K at the yearling sales. Dark Vader was bought for 150K at the 2yo in training sales. Both colts were born in 2015, Draft Pick in February and Dark Vader in March.

Despite the prices at the sales, Dark Vader seemed to have Draft Pick's number as two year old colts as Dark Vader finished ahead of Draft Pick in 2 races in 2017. Dark Vader broke his maiden in his 4th MSW race whereas it took Draft Pick 6 races to break his. Actually, Dark Vader raced in a stakes race and on turf before getting his first win in a MSW race.

Since then, Draft Pick has won a graded stakes race (G3 Affirmed Stakes) whereas Dark Vader has come close, but no cigar. This year, Dark Vader has finished 2nd by a head in an allowance race and 2nd by a neck in the $300,000 grade 3 Cornhusker Handicap at Prairie Meadows. Draft Pick has won an allowance race this year and don't know when he will compete in his 2nd 2019 race.

I believe that they are both very good horses, but since they have not raced against each other, Draft Pick has done better with his graded stakes win. I still think that Dark Vader is a little better than Draft Pick, but he still has to win a graded stakes race. Hope he does soon.
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A couple of Tale of Ekati's daughters are entered in stakes races on Sunday (7/21). They are Totally Obsessed who is entered in the Norm Barron Queen City Oaks at Belterra Park for a purse of $75,000.

Blazinbeauty is entered in the Boeing Stakes at Emerald Downs for $50,000.
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Here is kind of a funny one. Dark Vader and Draft Pick are stable mates (same trainer). Draft Pick was bought for 450K at the yearling sales. Dark Vader was bought for 150K at the 2yo in training sales. Both colts were born in 2015, Draft Pick in February and Dark Vader in March.

Despite the prices at the sales, Dark Vader seemed to have Draft Pick's number as two year old colts as Dark Vader finished ahead of Draft Pick in 2 races in 2017. Dark Vader broke his maiden in his 4th MSW race whereas it took Draft Pick 6 races to break his. Actually, Dark Vader raced in a stakes race and on turf before getting his first win in a MSW race.

Since then, Draft Pick has won a graded stakes race (G3 Affirmed Stakes) whereas Dark Vader has come close, but no cigar. This year, Dark Vader has finished 2nd by a head in an allowance race and 2nd by a neck in the $300,000 grade 3 Cornhusker Handicap at Prairie Meadows. Draft Pick has won an allowance race this year and don't know when he will compete in his 2nd 2019 race.

I believe that they are both very good horses, but since they have not raced against each other, Draft Pick has done better with his graded stakes win. I still think that Dark Vader is a little better than Draft Pick, but he still has to win a graded stakes race. Hope he does soon.


Even if Dark Vader does end up winning more than Draft Pick, Draft Pick figures to end up with a better breeding deal than Dark Vader, now that Draft Pick is a graded stakes winner. Dark Vader could end up winning more graded stakes than Draft Pick, and may be the better racehorse, but Draft Pick has a more fashionable pedigree with his 80K sire (Candy Ride) compared to Dark Vader's 5K sire (Tale of Ekati). This is especially important for breeders that are breeding more for the sales ring than the racetrack. I do think that Tale of Ekati with his 5K fee is one of the best bargains in thoroughbred breeding, but Candy Ride is considered the more fashionable stallion.

I think that is why Draft Pick is getting the better racing opportunities. For instance: Dark Vader won his 2nd race, an allowance race, a day before Draft Pick broke his maiden in his 6th race. Then, Draft Pick gets to race in the grade 3 Affirmed Stakes in Southern California (which he won) while Dark Vader was shipped to Belmont in New York to race in the non-graded Easy Goer Stakes. Next, Draft Pick raced in the Los Alamitos Derby while Dark Vader was shipped to Indiana to race in the Indiana Derby. I guess that it always comes down to money.
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