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It's All About Mare Power: The Maternal Genetics of Select Yearling Sale Shine

The Select Yearling Sale is set to offer 75 outstanding performance prospects, highlighted by the single-most important element of any yearling sale, no matter the discipline: strong maternal pedigrees.

"It doesn't matter if you are looking at Quarter Horse racing prospects, cutting horses or Thoroughbreds, the yearlings with significant earnings throughout their maternal black-type pedigrees always shine as the high sellers," Solo Select Founder Melanie Smith said. "The pedigree is only a small part of the equation, but when their conformation, movement and mind match those genetics, you have the winning formula for a winner that will pay dividends to the buyer for years to come."

Nu Rebelion (Metallic Rebel x Special Nu Baby)

Nu Rebellion, a stand-out bay roan yearling colt, is by NCHA Horse of the Year Metallic Rebel—who has produced more than $5.1 million in earners—and out of NCHA Open World Champion Special Nu Baby by Dual Rey. Underscoring the theme of exceptional maternal genetics, Nu Rebellion's maternal sister, MS Baby Cakes, sold for $545,000 in The Select Online's Labor Day Sale.

"This colt has the look, the animation and the athleticism to be that next big-time horse, and he's got the genetics that the industry is demanding in a big-time stallion prospect, too," Smith said. "Special Nu Baby is one of the most prolific show mares this industry ever saw, and her offspring are following in her footsteps with horses like Baby Talk, Ms Baby Cakes and Smooth Nu Cat. Gary Barker has consistently raised winners, and this colt will be no exception."

Itz All Mine (Reyzin The Cash x That Catomine)

Itz All Mine's genetics set her up for greatness, as the full sister to the Reyckoning, the horse Adan Banuelos has been hard to beat in the aged events. Their first dam, That Catomine, was an NCHA Open Super Stakes and Derby Finalist herself, before going on to produce over $1.1 million in earners—and she's not done yet. This filly—with all the flash you could hope for in both a performance horse and eventual producer—is on track to add to the famous mare's offspring earnings—quickly.

"That Catomine is one of the defining mares of this generation of cutting horses," Smith said. "Her offspring have consistently proven that her talent in the arena was no fluke, and this filly has the presence that the industry's great ones do. She'll be the kind of addition that can put a program on the map, first as a performer and then as a producer."

These maternal siblings, Bar Talkin and Talkin Back, are both out of the $246,000 earner Flash About, who's already produced nearly $360,000 in offspring earnings. With a strong maternal side stacked with talent that crosses on nearly any of today's popular bloodlines, these colts—each with a wildly different look for any taste—will elevate any program.

"The black colt by Smooth Talkin Style is the type that absolutely anyone who likes good horses would stop and take a second look at, plus he moves like a dream," Solo Select CEO Ty Smith said. "And the sorrel Metallic Rebel has all the flash and chrome you could need, with the structure to last well beyond a typical performance career."

Sleep Talkin (Smooth Talkin Style x Goodbye To The Reign)

With just four competition-aged foals, Sleep Talkin's dam, Goodbye To The Reyn, already has over $252,000 in offspring earnings. This filly, by the legendary Smooth Talkin Style, is primed to join her siblings in the show ring.

"SoulReyn, her maternal sibling, has been an outstanding colt for Austin Shepard in the cutting," Melanie said. "This filly is correct, kind, and has the eye-appeal that not only makes a great performer, but a great dam, too."


These yearlings, along with 75 others, will sell exclusively online on the Select Horse Sales app. You can download it here, or view the website here. Radiographs, round-pen videos, vet statements, heights/weights and more are all available to view on the app or website.

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