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.