Catalina wrote:Very nice write-up. It's wonderful to see success stories coming out of the Paragallo mess.
Every catalog page at a horse auction tells a story, and the story behind Hip 1225's page at the Fasig-Tipton October sale is a particularly interesting one.
The American Lion colt's dam is Valeriena, an Unbridled's Song mare whose own dam, Aintjustwhistlin', is by noted broodmare sire Dixieland Band. Both mares were among a large group of neglected horses seized from Ernie Paragallo's breeding operation at Center Brook Farm in a 2009 raid by New York state police, along with representatives of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Columbia-Greene Humane Society. And that's the reason that Hip 1225's catalog page, which is sprinkled with black type farther back in the pedigree, suddenly goes quiet under those first two dams.
Valeriena's current owner, breeder David Hager II of Idle Hour Farm near Paris, Ky., is hoping to revive the family's fortune. He came by the now 13-year-old mare in late 2009, after she had spent months at Winfields Farm in Canada recovering from starvation.
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