Tale of Ekati Foals

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Wed Jul 10, 2019 12:04 am

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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Thu Jul 11, 2019 1:49 am
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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Fri Jul 12, 2019 7:38 pm

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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Sat Jul 13, 2019 4:06 pm

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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Thu Jul 18, 2019 1:18 am

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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