The first foals by triple Grade/Group 1 winner Karakontie continue to impress as they arrive and develop in the Bluegrass. Gainesway, which stands Karakontie and has provided significant mare support to the stallion, has several of Karakontie’s first foals at the Lexington, Ky., property.
“So far I’m very pleased,” Gainesway’s Michael Hernon said. “They look precocious and have plenty of energy, they’re balanced, and they have good hind legs, which they obviously get from Karakontie.
“The foals strongly resemble the sire in type, and I think that’s very important to see a young horse dominating his mares,” Hernon said.
Karakontie won three of four starts as a 2-year-old including the Group 1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardère. At 3 he captured the classic French Two Thousand Guineas (G1) as well as the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1), where he recorded the year’s top turf Beyer Speed Figure (110).
Bred and raced by the Niarchos family’s Flaxman Holdings, Karakontie is by Storm Cat’s well-bred son Bernstein and descends from the immediate female family of influential sire Kingmambo and international champion Miesque.