The sire of seven juveniles in his first crop, Northview Stallion Station’s Buffum has two stakes performers from three starters, led by Clever Mind, who captured the $100,000 Maryland Million Nursery in his career debut.

Clever Mind winning 2017 Maryland Million NurseryBred and owned by Richard Golden, Clever Mind rallied from last to capture the Nursery by 2 lengths. Trained by Graham Motion, Clever Mind is out of Two’s Cozy, a daughter of Cozzene and dam of 2016 Maryland-bred champion steeplechaser Top Striker.

Buffum’s daughter Buff’s in Love, her sire’s first starter and winner when she scored in her debut at Delaware Park in August, has finished third in two consecutive stakes – Delaware Park’s Small Wonder and the Maryland Million Lassie at Laurel.

Buffum won four times in his 11-start career, topped by a front-running score in Belmont Park’s 7-furlong Bold Ruler Handicap-G3 in 1:21.68. A $1.2 million Saratoga sales yearling, he 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 the likes of Grade 1 winners Maplejinsky, Tale of Ekati (sire of 2017 Grade 1 Haskell winner Girvin) and Pleasant Home.

Nine-year-old Buffum stood the 2017 season for $2,500 live foal.

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