Juvenile Turf presented by Coolmore America Division
TrainerBrendan P. Walsh
OwnerQatar Racing Limited, Marc Detampel, Bottle Rocket Stable
BreederMr W. A. Tinkler
SireNo Nay Never
Vitalogy (GB) tuned up for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) by finishing a close second in the Dixiana Bourbon Stakes (G3) at Keeneland Oct. 6 after encountering traffic problems from post-position 14.
“He got close to the pace for being 14 wide,” jockey Javier Castellano said. “I'm very satisfied with the way he did it. In a 14-horse field, he gave me a good run. If we had (left the gate) better, we could have won the race. He passed horses little by little.”
After starting his career for Joseph O’Brien, the colt was making his initial start under trainer Brendan Walsh, who was pleased with the effort.
“From the draw we had, I basically left it up to Javier,” Walsh said. “And what do you do? He was a little wide the whole way, and he traveled a lot farther than the winner. But, he ran really good, and the whole objective was to get him into the Juvenile Turf. Maybe we can go there and rectify it.”
Vitalogy made his first three starts for O’Brien. He was victorious at Ireland’s Naas Racecourse in his career debut, fourth in a Group 3 stakes at York in England and then third in the Summer Stakes (G1) at Woodbine. He was offered at the Tattersalls December foal sale in Newmmarket, England which is billed as Europe’s premier weanling auction,k but he was listed as not sold on a final bid of $56,332. He returned to Tattersalls the following October where he sold as a yearling for $110,393. This past May he was purchased by Kentucky-based Hunter Valley Farm for $134,820 at the Arqana two-year-olds in training sale in Deauville, France.
He is a son of 2014 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1) runner-up No Nay Never.