Keepmeinmind Offers ‘Precocity And Durability’

Stallion Spotlight offers stud farm representatives a chance to address breeders and answer questions as they plan their future matings.

In this edition, Carlos Manresa of Sequel New York tells us about Keepmeinmind, a son of Laoban whose first foals are arriving in 2024.

B. h., 2018, Laoban x Inclination, by Victory Gallop
Race Record: 14-2-3-3; $903,237
Advertised Fee: $5,000

Question: What makes Keepmeinmind an attractive stallion for potential breeders?

Carlos Manresa, Sequel New York: Value. He is a very accomplished racehorse from a proven sire line at a price point that is accessible for virtually everyone.

If I’ve got a mare that needs help from a stallion from a conformation standpoint, what can Keepmeinmind best contribute to that equation?

Manresa: Scope. Breeders that are looking for more leg out of their foals should find Keepmeinmind to be the perfect fit. He has a lot of leg but doesn’t sacrifice substance by any means. He’s very proportionate and athletic.

What would a breeder looking to capture the Laoban/Uncle Mo-line magic find familiar in Keepmeinmind?

Manresa: Aside from the shape which the commercial market really values, they can find a classic horse with precocity and durability.

What have the early comments been like on Keepmeinmind’s first foals Have there been any common traits that have come through this early on?

Manresa: The common trait we are seeing with Keepmeinmind’s first crop is leg and substance. Too often, breeders are forced to choose between one of the two traits. Thankfully, the Uncle Mo line gives us both and that’s exactly what we are seeing from his first crop.

5) Keepmeinmind was a graded stakes-level performer from ages two to four. Do you foresee a particular sweet spot in terms of age, distance, surface, etc., from his first crop, based on the mares he saw in year one?

Manresa: Keepmeinmind was a classic horse that loved the extra ground. However, most mares that visit him are mares with a lot of speed looking to add both size and endurance.

What makes Keepmeinmind a good fit for the New York program?

Manresa: Value, durability and a proven sire line. He is priced at $5,000 LFSN for 2024 which makes him very accessible. The New York program rewards breeders handsomely for getting their horses to the races. Keepmeinmind was raced 14 times during his 3-year career. Twelve of those races were in graded stakes company. He had a grueling schedule but showed up in each race. Finally, the ability to breed into the Uncle Mo sire line is always confidence inspiring for those who breed to sell or race.

Which race do you think does the best to describe what Keepmeinmind is all about?

Manresa: His battle with Essential Quality in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy Stakes is probably the best representation of what he’s all about. He ultimately finished second by half a length after tracking the two-time Eclipse champion down in the stretch. However, it was a great display of heart and at the end of the day, that is what his campaign showed more than anything. Placing in six graded stakes races over 12 starts is an incredible achievement and shows consistency at the highest level.

What is something about Keepmeinmind that you think goes overlooked?

Manresa: As a 2-year-old, he was brilliant. He ran second to Essential Quality in the G1 Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity, third to Essential Quality and Hot Rod Charlie in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and finally broke his maiden in the G2 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Keeneland just three weeks later.

What else should breeders know about Keepmeinmind before they pick up the phone? 

Manresa: Keepmeinmind has received the highest quality mares any New York sire has ever received, including Grade 1-winning and graded stakes-producing mares previously in foal to Medaglia D’Oro, Uncle Mo, etc. His first crop progeny is certainly bred for success.

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