There were plenty of fireworks at the 2022 OBS April Two-Year-Old in Training sale, including Hip 11, a $600,000 Justify colt consigned by Hidden Brook Farm.
Famed bloodstock agent Gary Young picked out the colt and signed the ticket for Zedan stable. Like his Triple Crown champion sire, the flashy chestnut will be trained by Baffert.
“He is a very well-balanced horse,” said Young. “He worked well. I trust Hidden Brook. I think they do a very good job down there. Bob Baffert would know Justify better than anyone and he was very bullish on this horse. That´s about where we thought he´d go. We are happy to get him. The market is very strong.”
When asked if Hip 11 was their next Derby prospect, Young said, “That´s what we are shopping for. Mr. Zedan likes looking for good colts. He was obsessed with the Derby before I went to work for him.”
Bred by Bonne Chance Farm, Hip 11 is out of the blacktype Distorted Humor mare Unbound and his third dam is Hall of Famer Personal Ensign. The :10 flat breezer was scratched from the Fasig-Tipton October Sale last year. The colt was prepped for the sale at the Hidden Brook Florida training center.
“He was just a smaller yearling, kind of a late bloomer, and we thought a 2-year-old sale would suit that horse really well,” Bonne Chance manager John Durr said. “It paid off for us, that´s for sure.”
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