FIRST FRANKEL FOAL BORN IN THE USA
Compelling - a half-sister to Flying Childers Stakes Gr.2 winner Requinto out of Phoenix Stakes Gr.1 winner Damson - foaled the first FRANKEL foal to be born in the USA on 18th January 2014.
The bay colt is described by his owner Michael Baum as "Very nice with a lot of bone and very strong."
AN INCREDIBLE EXPERIENCE
By Michael Baum - owner of Compelling
It was in 2010 that I first became aware of FRANKEL, and I saw all of his races thereafter. Each of his races was incredible, and having watched videos of them again he looks even more incredible then when I first saw the races live on TV.
After the 2011 2000 Guineas I thought how wonderful it would be to breed a mare to him.
My wife and I own a Storm Cat mare out of Warrior Queen named Egyptian Queen, who is a half-sister to A.P. Warrior. She was not pregnant at the time, and I thought she could be sent to England and would be a great candidate to breed to FRANKEL.
I was embarrassed to contact Juddmonte, but after a few weeks decided I could deal with any rejection that might come my way and enquired about breeding Egyptian Queen to FRANKEL.
James O’Donnell in the Nominations department was every good to me, but Egyptian Queen was rejected. Egyptian Queen’s Galileo two-year-old colt has since won a Gr.3 race in December 2013 at Santa Anita.
James asked if I had another mare I wanted them to look at. All our other mares were pregnant and I did not think it wise to send one to the UK, so it was suggested I purchase a mare. I was thinking this was going to be impossible, but decided to go to the Tattersalls December Mares sale in Newmarket.
Juddmonte would not accept any of the mares I selected at Tattersalls and it seemed my dream was over, as the sale was the next morning and I thought I was out of luck.
However, on the morning of the sale James told me that Juddmonte’s General Manager Philip Mitchell was keen to have me breed a mare to FRANKEL, and asked me to meet with them and give them another list of mares that were going to be sold that day. Philip Mitchell and James accepted seven mares from my list, and I was excited as the dream seemed possible again.
I did not like the first one to come into the ring and passed on her. The second one was Compelling, a young Kingmambo mare in foal to Montjeu on a very early cover. We purchased her and were extremely pleased with her, more so as the day went on as the other five mares all sold for over $1,000,000.
James arranged for us to board Compelling at Charlie Wyatt’s Duke’s Stud in Newmarket, which was a wonderful experience as they were extremely nice and very competent. Compelling foaled a Montjeu filly and was subsequently bred to Frankel on 19th February 2013.
She was successfully scanned in foal, and extreme excitement and pleasure followed.
Compelling and her Montjeu foal came home to Man o’ War Farm in Lexington, Kentucky, in May of 2013. Everything went wonderfully and Compelling foaled her bay colt by FRANKEL on the very, very cold morning of 18th January 2014.
It was an easy birth, and the foal is very nice with a lot of bone and very strong. Not too big, but a decent size. As foals do, he is improving every day, and has been out running and jumping in the snow.
Compelling’s Montjeu filly was smaller when she was born but has grown to be a really nice, strong yearling.
So, our dream to breed to the best horse ever has been realised, and we feel blessed as to how we were treated by Juddmonte and further blessed to have a Montjeu filly and our FRANKEL colt safely on the ground.
We hope he turns out to be half as good as his father!
Images copyright of Enzina Mastrippolito.
Date: 30 January 2014