The very first foal for graded stakes-winning sprinter Buffum not only became his first starter, but his first winner.
Buff’s in Love, born on Jan. 31, 2015, at Sycamore Hall Farm in Chesapeake City, made her debut at Delaware Park on Aug. 9. She broke quickly, opened up a daylight lead and cruised home a four and a half-length winner going five and a half furlongs. Owned and trained by John E. Worsley, she went off the longest price of seven starters at 34-1 while in for $40,000 tag.
Bred by Richard Golden’s Sycamore Hall Thoroughbreds, Buff’s in Love is the second foal out of the Not For Love mare Who’s in Love, a half-sister to stakes winner Who’s in Town and stakes-placed winner Campaign Vows from the family of Maryland-bred champion Giant Run and graded stakes winners Who Did It and Run (Buff’s in Love’s third dam) and Hangover Kid.
Buffum, who entered stud at Northview Stallion Station in 2014 and stands for $2,500 live foal, is the sire of seven foals in his first crop of 2-year-olds. His first crop drew attention last fall when his only two yearlings offered at the sales brought bids of $85,000 and $100,000, although the latter was an RNA.
A $1.2 million Saratoga sales yearling, Buffum is a son of champion Bernardini out of the stakes-winning Storm Cat mare Storm Beauty from the deep family of Hall of Famer Sky Beauty, champions Gold Beauty and Dayjur, and such runners as Grade 1 winners Maplejinsky, Tale of Ekati (sire of recent Grade 1 Haskell winner Girvin) and Pleasant Home.
In 11 starts, Buffum won four times, topped by a front-running score in Belmont Park’s 7-furlong Bold Ruler Handicap-G3 in 1:21.68. He is a half-brother to multiple stakes winner Stormy West, graded stakes-placed Renaissance Lady (dam of course record-setting stakes horse Elusive Schemes) and stakes-placed Value Stream. His unraced half-sister Cloud Jumper (by Street Cry-Ire), is the dam of a colt by Malibu Moon who sold at the Saratoga Select Yearling sale on Aug. 8 for $700,000.