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February 17, 2024

Taylor Made’s Foaling Season Starts with Flightline’s First Foal

Foaling season is off to a flying start at Taylor Made Farm as they’re already up to nearly a dozen foals on the ground. Everything has gone smoothly so far, but a real showstopper came early when they welcomed the first foal by Horse of the Year Flightline. A star-faced bay filly with a bit of chrome on her hind legs, the new arrival is also the first foal out of Grade I winner Juju’s Map (Liam’s Map).

“It’s really a blessing to have such a well-bred horse here,” said Frank Taylor. “She’s got a great attitude, and she is strong and healthy. Everything is going great so far. The mare is by Liam’s Map, who is a half-brother to Not This Time. Those are two of the best horses we ever raised, so it’s really exciting to have this filly on the farm.”

Bred by Fred W. Hertrich III, Juju’s Map was a $300,000 Keeneland September purchase for the Albaugh family. She broke her maiden in her second start for Brad Cox and went on to claim the 2021 GI Darley Alcibiades S. and run second to Echo Zulu (Gun Runner) in the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies. A winner and three times graded stakes placed at three, Juju’s Map was sent through the ring at the Keeneland November Sale in 2022, but she RNA’d for $1.9 million and stayed with the Albaugh family.

Taylor said the mating of Flightline and Juju’s Map produced a good blend of both Grade I-caliber horses.

“The filly has the looks of Flightline, but she also has some of the mare,” he explained. “The mating matches up well physically and pedigree-wise, and you’re just breeding the best to the best and hoping for the best.”

Taylor added that Juju’s Map will visit Curlin in 2024.

As for the foal, Taylor hypothesized that for now, it’s a coin toss as to whether the youngster would one day see the sales ring or race in the Albaugh silks. The filly’s broodmare sire and his family carry a well-known story on just that subject.

“We had Liam’s Map here as a yearling and the Albaughs really never sold many of their horses,” Taylor recalled. “He was by Unbridled’s Song and he was the best yearling on the farm, so we talked them into selling him. He brought $800,000 and we were all very excited about the way he sold until he won the GI Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile and they syndicated him for a lot more than $800,000. Then fast forward and Mr. Albaugh was back here and we were showing him the Giant’s Causeway colt out of same mare and we said, ‘Man, this one could bring maybe $1 million or $2 million.’ His response was,’ Not this time.’”

Not This Time, who was runner-up in the 2016 GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile for Dennis Albaugh and his family, stands for $150,000 this year as a fifth-crop sire at Taylor Made and is now embarking on a career as a sire of sires with 3-year-old champion Epicenter beginning his second year at Ashford Stud and MGISW Up To The Mark debuting at Lane’s End.

Plenty of superbly bred horses will hit the ground at Taylor Made in the coming weeks, but Taylor said there is no denying that having the first foal by a horse like the undefeated Flightline–who stood for $200,000 and covered 152 mares in his debut season–is a special honor.

“You dream about these horses become great racehorses and this filly is really bred to go a distance, so maybe someday we’ll see her in the Oaks,” he said. “That’d be a dream come true.”

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