Formal Start, 2014, 17 h, dark bay horse: retained for racing

Located at Finger Lakes Race Track, Farmington, NY (near Rochester, NY). We observed an intelligent and handsome face as this “stud-muffin” walked out of the barn. We noted his beautiful shiny coat, gorgeous forelock, long legs, pretty neck, and nicely balanced proportions. Even though it was windy and there were plenty of other distractions as different horses walked by, we observed him being good-natured and attentive, allowing his handler to pick up and place his feet to be repositioned for his photos. He proved to be a little bit of a camera ham and loved his peppermints too, playfully licking his handler’s hands and begging for more!

He’s described in general as a, “good boy” but naturally has a little bit of the “stud mentality” and he occasionally tries to snap at other horses walking by his stall. But, as we all know, there is a super-easy fix for this condition! And FLF has a gelding incentive program to make it more economical for you, and surgery and post-op recovery can be performed at the track for less than off-track vets will charge, so that you leave hassle-free with a polite gelding.

Formal Start has an impressive resume, having run (and placed) at several big-name tracks: Aqueduct, Belmont and Saratoga. He’s earned over $147,000 in 32 career starts with 3 wins. But he’s only been on the boards once this year, and that was a win back in February, so his connections have decided it is time for him to move on to something new. We did not include a jog video for Formal Start as we observed him moving somewhat stiffly at the jog, whic was only two days after he raced. His handler stated that one of his testicles occasionally recedes into the inguinal canal where it is being strangled, they believe this is causing him discomfort and affecting his movement; and that this condition will be alleviated once he is gelded. His contact can discuss in further detail and provide additional information. He’s also been raced steadily through his career and has earned and could only benefit from some well-deserved downtime before transitioning to begin training for his new start.

His pedigree indicates that he could be a very promising sport prospect! He’s by Jump Start, a son of A.P.Indy and also has Storm Cat lines on his sire’s side. He’s out of Flomar, a Two-Punch mare who can trace lineage to both Mr.Prospector and Ribot.
If you are looking for a tall, dashing and handsome prospect, he might be just the ticket!

Price: $3,500neg

Contact: Adrianne D’Alessandro 585-281-1810

As always, a pre-purchase veterinary exam is recommended.

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