For our fourth year offering mating recommendations for the black-type West Virginia-bred Broad But Nice, we will stick with the theme of Storm Cat-line stallions, and go with another very precocious member of that tribe again in 2022 when she visits Instagrand after delivering a foal by Maximus Mischief.
Originally a $190,000 yearling buy before dropping the hammer for a sales-topping $1.2 million at the boutique Gulfstream 2YO sale after a :10 flat breeze (becoming Into Mischief’s first seven-figure sales horse), Instagrand earned TDN Rising Star status for his “jaw dropping” debut romp at Los Al going 5 furlongs (just missing the track record), then was even more impressive taking the G2 Best Pal Stakes over 6 furlongs at Del Mar in his second start when never asked to run but still able to finish his final quarter-mile in under 24 seconds. Put away after that until he returned with a 3rd-place finish in the one-mile G3 Gotham the next spring, which preceded a strong 3rd in the 1-1/8-mile G1 Santa Anita Derby. He retired with a (9) 2-0-3 record and $316,760 in earnings and stood his first season in 2021 at Taylor Made Farm for owner Larry Best’s OXO Equine, which supported him heavily at stud with the likes of G1Ws Blue Prize and Concrete Rose, plus the dam of Mitole & Hot Rod Charlie (who were among the 190 mares bred to Instagrand in his first year).
That support, and his own precocity (which he comes by honestly, with Into Mischief having been the champion juvenile sire numerous times already), give him an excellent chance to come out firing with his first crop 2YOs in 2024, and should make his second crop foals hot commodities at the yearling sales, too.
Instagrand’s precocious tendencies are complimented by Broad But Nice’s own proclivities, as she was a nine-length debut winner as a juvenile and 2nd in stakes company in her only other 2-year-old start (and her dam, Broad Dreams, was a winner of her sole career start, which came at 2). Broad But Nice eventually went on to win 12 of her 31 career races through her 7-year-old year, good for earnings of $216,300. Of Broad But Nice’s three foals so far to race, her most accomplished (with 5 wins and six figure earnings to her credit) foal is Nice N’ Broad, who is also by a Storm Cat-line stallion (former WV sire Global Force), and her 2YO of 2022 is a very promising colt by Imagining.
Broad But Nice is a daughter of the Seeking the Gold stallion Seeking Daylight, and the nick of Into Mischief and his sons with mares by Seeking the Gold or his sons rates an “A++” on the basis of 4 stakes winners from just 23 foals to race (a fantastic 17%!).
All of which, we think, adds up to the likelihood of a speedy and precocious foal from this mating.