When breeding commercially, one’s safest bets are — generally speaking — first-year stallions or else proven commodities. The latter group tends to be priced accordingly, so when you can find a young, proven stallion that still appears to be on his way up, that is where value can often lie. And in 2022, Violence at a $25,000 fee fits that bill to a “T” and we are excited to have been able to recommend him for the extremely well-bred young mare Mama Yay.
After a 2020 racing season that saw 3 sons of Violence win G1s (Volatile, No Parole and Dr. Schivel), he covered 159 mares in 2021, which was an increase of 73 mares over the preceding season. He also had a 2021 yearling sale average of $109,425 for 67 sold off of his $40,000 fee in 2019, including a $950,000 colt (one of three purchased by the Repole/Viola partnership. Other buyers of high-priced Violence yearlings this year include Maverick Racing, Centennial Farm, Spendthrift, DJ Stable and Steve Young), and his 2021 2YOs includes a pair of stakes winners as well as the promising recent maiden winner Newgrange, for “the Avengers” and Bob Baffert. Plus Dr. Schivel returned to the races this year and picked up another G1 as a 3YO over older horses. All of which points to a big 2022 on the racetrack for Violence, which should continue to boost his commercial profile.
He fits Mama Yay more specifically for a few reasons: firstly, she is a full-sister to the G1 winners and promising young sire Dialed In, and a half to the stakes winner Broadway Gold, dam of G3 winner and solid young Maryland sire Golden Lad, by Violence’s sire Medaglia d’Oro, so this sire-line has already worked with her female family. And TrueNicks gives the pairing an “A”, as Violence has sired 5 stakes winners (9%) out of AP Indy-line mares, so this broodmare sire-line has already worked for Violence himself. This mating will also result in a foal inbred 4×3 to Storm Cat, which is a pattern seen in Violence’s G1 winner No Parole and his G3 winner Feedback, as well as with 2021 stakes winner Jasper Prince (who is also out of an AP Indy-line mare), so that bodes well, too.
All of which should lead to a highly commercial foal that also has every right to go on and have success as a runner, as well.