We privately purchased a 3-year old filly today out of the Doug O’Neill barn. I Never Give Up is a Super Saver filly out of the Saarland mare Saaraband. She was sold as a yearling for $115,000 and then was picked up in a 2-year old in training sale for $45,000. We purchased her for $9,000 after Nevada went and gave her the once over.
Purchase like this are nice and can work out really well. Big barns like the O’Neill barn move on to Churchill or Santa Anita and tend to compete at the higher levels of racing. A horse that can be competitive at $12,500 (or higher here – hopefully) just doesn’t fit their program. However those of us heading to a “mid-major” track like Canterbury can do really well with a horse like this. Fingers crossed she’ll be that for us!
She has started 3 times: twice at Delmar the summer of her 2-year old season where she ran greenly before taking a few months off to grow up and debuting here at Oaklawn in a $12,500 maiden claimer.
Her lifetime PPs are here: Inevergiveup Lifetime PPs
We think she can be effective over the dirt and the turf. She has some learning to do but that’s okay, Nevada and his team will work with her and hopefully she’ll be a nice fit for Canterbury Park!
Now the stable is stocked and we’ll probably look for a race for each of them before heading here to Minnesota when Oaklawn is over April 15.
Wow-She’s beautiful! Love her name!! Can’t wait to meet her. Thanks Nevada and Ted!! 👍😃
By any chance can pictures be taken of her face, it would be nice to look at that sweet face.
We’ll see what we can get. We got a little lucky last week with Jeff being in Hot Springs. It’s a lot easier to get pics once they’re here in MN when Jeff, Heather or myself – as well as our media intern and digital media folks – are all around to get pictures.
Posted on the Club Facebook page! Next post here we’ll add it here as well.
Nice filly, lightly raced, and has already shown that she not afraid to challenge the leaders. In your posting you indicated that the purchase was not made until Nevada gave her a once over. In a future posting could you give the club members an idea what you look for / at when considering a claim or purchase? No need to into great detail because one could write a book on confirmation alone. Thanks and I can’t wait to see the 2 additions to the racing clubs stable and to meet Nevada in person.
Is there any chance of giving the club a day’s advance (early release) at the Kentucky Derby tables?
With tables going on sale tomorrow morning i don’t think that is a possibility.