April 10, 2012. Yesterday's $700,000 sale topper at the Keeneland Two-Year-Old in Training Sale was a flashy Majestic Warrior colt bred in Maryland by Wayne and Janita Morris. He is from his grade-I winning sire’s first crop. Kentucky bloodstock agent John Moynihan, representing Barbara Banke’s Stonestreet Stables and George Bolton, purchased the chestnut juvenile from Ciaran and Amy Dunne’s Florida-based Wavertree Stables, agent. The 2-year-old, whose grandsire is 1992 Horse of the Year A.P. Indy, worked an eighth of a mile in :10 during the auction’s under tack show.
“He is a fast horse; he went fast, and he galloped out fast,” Moynihan said. “He kind of looked like a good A.P. Indy (physically). But it’s rare you see an A.P. Indy-line horse go that fast like he did, so we’re excited about him.”
The colt is out of the unraced Hennessy mare Counter Cat and is a half brother to the stakes-placed winner Under Counter (by Stravinsky), who finished third in the 2008 Marguerite Stakes and 2010 Subaru Stakes in Japan. The juvenile’s fourth dam is grade II winner Pine Tree Lane (by Apalachee), who earned $1,150,561.