Raelyn’s Star is just about the epitome of “blue collar”, having made 41 starts from her 2YO season through this year at 6, winning 7 times and placing in another 21 races, good for earnings of $164,633. A daughter of the leading West Virgina stallion Fiber Sonde, who also had to do things the hard way as an unraced stallion prospect, Raelyn’s Star will be bred for the first time in 2022, and we think that the versatile Kentucky value sire Jimmy Creed will be a perfect fit for her.
As we’ve stated repeatedly in this space, starting a young mare off with a proven stallion is the best way to gauge her ability as a producer, and Jimmy Creed’s 6% stakes winners from foals 3 & up is excellent, while his 1.18 AEI is well above his mares’ 1.01 CI, meaning he moves his mares way up. He has 7 black-type 2YOs already in 2021, from a big crop of 115 juveniles — and his offspring tend to improve significantly with age (witness his first G1 winner Casa Creed obtained that status this year at 5), so we think his profile will only improve in the next few years as his big, well-bred crops (who were conceived after he had success with his first crop runners) work their way through the pipeline.
Jimmy Creed has had success already with Unbridled’s Song-line mares like Raelyn’s Star, too. His G2 winner Kanthaka and stakes winner Greedy Creedy are out of dams by sons of Unbridled’s Song, as is the stakes-placed Curious Rumor and the highly thought of 2021 2YO Knowing Glance. Overall, Jimmy Creed has a dozen winners from 16 runners bred this way. Raelyn’s Star is out of a mare by Tale of the Cat, and is inbred 3×3 to his sire Storm Cat, and Storm Cat has been another strong cross for Jimmy Creed (responsible for G2 winning 2YO Spectator, among others).
All of which, we hope, leads to a foal that has the heart and class of its parents!