Klawervlei’s popular young sire Twice Over, whose progeny really shone at last weekend’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale, could well have another handsome update to his impeccable pedigree.
His close relative, the exciting colt American Anthem, has been nominated to the 2017 American Triple Crown, won most recently by American Pharoah two years ago.
American Anthem, whose dam is a half-sister to ill-fated champion Banshee Breeze, made a stylish winning debut when getting up late to score over 1200m. The son of Bodemeister followed up that debut win by finishing a close second in the G3 Sham Stakes, beaten only by G1 winner Gormley –with the third place finisher no less than 13 lengths back.
Trainer Bob Baffert, the last man to saddle a US Triple Crown winner, rates his charge highly, saying, “We’ve been excited about him since we got him, and he ran to his works He was showing us that he was very talented. He’s changed a lot, he’s a big, beautiful horse. I was afraid that it was going to be a little bit too short for him. He just looks like a giant version of Bodemeister. He’s not a sprinter, he’s going to get better as he goes longer, when he goes two turns. I think he’s one of my top ones.”
American Anthem is a descendant of Lost Virtue (third dam of Twice Over), whose other notable descendants include G1 winners All At Sea, Hilda’s Passion, Mutual Trust, Passage Of Time and Timepiece.
Twice Over, whose first crop daughter Lacerta lines up in Saturday’s R1 000 000 Kuda Sprint on Sun Met day, enjoyed plenty of success at the 2017 Premier Sale. The four time G1 winning European champion had eight lots fetch R5 425 000, with Twice Over’s yearlings averaging R678 125.
Amanda Skiffington went to R2.1 million to acquire a colt by Twice Over, with other lots by the sire fetching R800 000, R700 000 and R600 000 respectively.
With a pedigree continuing to flourish, his first runners shaping up with promise, and his yearlings in demand, Twice Over looks on course for a most successful stud career!