Al Pike is riding high these days, not surprising considering he scored a significant pinhooking coup for one of his longtime clients at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic May 2-year-olds in training sale.
Pike sold the May sale's most expensive horse, a filly by Uncle Mo for $1 million that he purchased privately as a yearling when she RNA'd for $80,000 in September. He loved her when he bought her and he loved another filly, a daughter of Rubiano he and a friend bought as a yearling in 1999 and resold as a 2-year-old in 2000. The appropriately named Beloved By All is this week's Horse Who Changed Everything presented by Embrace The Race.
"I guess what got me, what hooked me, was several years ago when I was just pinhooking on the side," Pike said. "I'd pinhook a few horses a year. A buddy of mine bought a Rubiano filly, for I believe $21,000, which was a lot of money at the time. At the 2-year-old sale in Texas, she worked fastest that any horse ever worked there.
"We sold her for $330,000; a lot of money. That changed my life really. It really made me want to do more pinhooking. She got me started in the pinhooking business. I had never been able to hit a lick like that in my whole life. That changed the way I looked at things."
Ackerley Brothers Farm purchased Beloved By All for $330,000 at the 2000 Fasig-Tipton Texas 2-year-olds in training sale in March. The Ackerleys kept her in Texas, turned her over to future Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen and she made an immediate impression.
Beloved By All won her debut by 2 lengths in early June going 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:04.37. Sidelined until the following winter, Beloved By All made a smashing return when she won a 6-furlong allowance at Fair Grounds by 6 lengths in 1:10.10. That victory earned her trips in Kentucky Oaks preps in New Orleans and Beloved By All finished third as the favorite in the Silverbulletday Stakes before an eighth in the Grade 2 Fair Grounds Oaks.
Asmussen later conceded that he knocked her out trying to make her an Oaks filly and Beloved By All returned to sprinting. She didn't win her five remaining starts - she did place twice in allowance races at Churchill Downs - before she was sold in foal to Cat Thief for $250,000 at the 2002 Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
"I followed her, of course," Pike said. "She started out like she was going to be a really good horse. She was stakes placed, but I'm not sure she ever reached her full potential. But she ended up being a nice producer of stakes horses."
Beloved By All is the dam of 11 foals, including a yearling filly by Jimmy Creed, an unraced 2-year-old colt by Harlan's Holiday named Beloved Holiday and an unraced 3-year-old Mineshaft colt named Javelin. Five of her eight starters are winners and they've earned a collective $622,170. The five include the multiple-stakes placed and $421,171-earner Grand Sensation (a 2005 gelding by Grand Slam) and stakes winner and $92,452-earner Runstevierun (a 2009 gelding by Stevie Wonderboy).
"She's been a good broodmare and I run across some of her babies looking at pedigrees every now and then," Pike said.