By Christie DeBernardis
GSW The Lieutenant (Street Sense), a half-brother to Triple Crown winner Justify, had just one crop before his life was tragically cut short and a filly from that lone crop as among the bullet breezers during the seventh and final session of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Company's Spring Sale under-tack show Saturday.
“She preps well, is a beautiful mover and always trained like that,” Thomas said. “I felt pretty confident. I wasn't sure what we were going to be [time wise], because you never know what the track is like until you go out there, but I knew she would be very quick.”
Campaigned by Mr. & Mrs. William Warren and trainer Mike McCarthy, The Lieutenant won four of 15 races, topped by the GIII All American S. Retired to Sequel at the end of his half-brother's Horse of the Year season in 2018, the bay covered just one season in New York, resulting in 32 foals, after which he was shuttled to Peru. Sadly, he was one of four stallions killed by intruders at Haras Barlovente in Canete in December of 2019.
“It was a terrible loss,” Thomas said. “Mike [McCarthy] said this horse was training lights out with [MGISW] City of Light. He said, 'I love this horse and he is a really talented horse.” He is also a half to Justify, obviously. He was a Street Sense and a big, beautiful horse. We were very lucky to have him.”
As for what she sees in his sole crop, Thomas said, “They are really speedy. I have a couple going to Maryland that are flat runners too and I feel really good about them.”
Two other fillies worked in :20 4/5 Saturday: a daughter of Uncaptured (Hip 1084) (video) and a Curlin filly (Hip 602) (video). Four more fillies went in :9 4/5: a daughter of Into Mischief (Hip 1097) (video), an Army Mule filly (Hip 1131) (video), a filly by Munnings (Hip 1174) (video) and a Firing Line filly (Hip 1226) (video).
The OBS Spring Sale begins its four-day run Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.