KLAWERVLEI’s promising young stallion Twice Over (photo) is from a family whose relatives have been enjoying a purple patch of success in North America of late.
His close relative American Anthem, who is likely to appear next in either the G2 San Felipe or G2 Rebel Stakes, is one of the US’s most promising three-year-olds and currently ranks among the early leading candidates for the 2017 Kentucky Derby.
The Bodemeister colt (who, like Twice Over is a descendant of the mare Lost Virtue), is currently a 15-1 shot for the Kentucky Derby, the first leg of the US Triple Crown.
American Anthem was given TDN Rising Star status when winning on debut and followed that up with a storming second, to G1 winner Gormley, in the G3 Sham Stakes next time out.
Patch, a close relative of both American Anthem and ill-fated US champion Banshee Breeze, was another recently awarded TDN Rising Star status when winning second time out for owner Calumet Farm and trainer Todd Pletcher on Saturday.
Twice Over, whose other notable relatives include US Horse Of The Year and influential sire Damascus, was an outstanding racehorse and Europe’s Champion Older Male in 2010.
He earned more than £2 000 000 in prize money, with his 12 career victories including four at G1 level.
Twice Over, whose yearlings fetched up to R2.1 million at the recent Cape Premier Yearling Sale, has 12 lots on offer at the CTS March Yearling Sale, including a half-sister to feature race winner Easy Lover (Lot 64), a colt from the same family as recent feature race winner Hashtag Strat (Lot 75), a filly out of G3 winner Countess Corlia (Lot 205), and a filly (whose damsire Dansili is the sire of Twice Over’s G1 winning relative Passage Of Time) from the family of Royal Ascot winner Membership (Lot 214).