The Big Beast commanded $32,000 in the sales ring as a yearling. Seven years later, one of his foals sold for $850,000 at this spring’s Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. March 2-Year olds In Training Sale. The time in between saw the Maryland bred son of Yes It’s True become a Grade 1 winning sprinter and one of Florida’s most anticipated new stallions, with his first crop of runners hitting the track this spring. Until then, the best of his initial class has set him up well on the 2-year-old auction map.
The OBS March sale was a particularly strong coming-out party for The Big Beast as a sire of high potential juveniles, with a draft that also included a colt who breezed in a sale-fastest :9 3/5 seconds and sold for $450,000. The only other stallion with two offerings sold at that price point or greater at the OBS March sale was Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.
The higher-priced member of that duo, the $850,000 filly out of the Trippi mare Lucky Trip, was bred and consigned by Ocala Stud, which also stands The Big Beast. The foundation for the 2-year old sale market was laid by the O’Farrell family, and as such, its commercial breeding program goes to market ex- clusively as juveniles.
“We don’t try to do too many different things,” said Ocala Stud’s David O’Farrell. “We stick to our program and believe in it. It’s gotten increasingly more difficult with the level of com- petition at these 2-year old sales, but we’re fortunate to still be able to compete, to be able to recruit stallions like The Big Beast and some others that we’re fortunate to stand.”
The Big Beast’s 2-year-olds have shown early speed in the under-tack shows, but the stallion himself didn’t begin his racing career until March of his 3-year old campaign. After a pair of in-the-money efforts to begin his on-track endeavors, The Big Beast rolled off a four-race winning streak that included a hard-fought score in the Grade 1 King’s Bishop Stakes at Saratoga.
He returned at age four with a 1 ¼ length allowance victory before jumping back into the Grade 1 pool. He missed out on adding the G1 Alfred G.Vanderbilt Handicap to his mantle by a nose, and he finished his career with runner-up effort in the G1 Forego Stakes.
Florida’s breeders greeted The Big Beast with enthusiasm upon his arrival at Ocala Stud, with 103 mares bred in his initial season, the second-most by a Florida first-year stallion in 2016. From an initial stud fee of $6,000, The Big Beast’s first crop of yearlings brought an average sale price of $22,054 during the yearling auction season of 2018. Leading the pack was a colt out of the High Cotton mare Faith Hall who sold to SGV Thoroughbreds for $70,000 at last year’s OBS October Yearling sale.
The Big Beast is himself out of the stakes-placed Deputy Minister mare V V S Flawless, who was stakes-placed in the summer of her juvenile season. His extended family adds some turf credentials in G1 winner Slew The Dragon and G2 winner Slew the Knight.