The first foals by Anchor Down, a top miler son of champion sire Tapit, have begun arriving in the Bluegrass.
Gainesway, which bred several mares to Anchor Down in his first year at stud, has welcomed three homebred foals through early February: a Jan. 24 filly out of First Service (by Ghostzapper), a Jan. 26 filly out of Danceinthemoment (by Tiznow), and a Feb. 3 colt out of Sergeant O’Rourke (by Forestry). These foals are pictured below.
At nearby Netherfield Farm in Paris, Ky., Scott and Elise Kendall’s Blue Sea (by Kitten’s Joy) recently foaled an Anchor Down colt, also pictured below.
Anchor Down’s signature victory came in the Kelso Handicap (G2), where he stopped the clock in a brilliant 1:32.90 to defeat subsequent Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) winner Tamarkuz. Anchor Down also captured the Westchester Stakes (G3) by 6¾ lengths and was runner-up in the Grade 1 Met Mile. He is a half-brother to Grade 1 Test Stakes winner Sweet Lulu and a full brother to Grade 1 juvenile performer Iron Fist.
Anchor Down is standing his second season in 2018 for a fee of $10,000 LFSN.