Consigned as a yearling by Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, Violence was a 2011 Keeneland September session-topping colt. Noted bloodstock advisor, Donato Lanni, Director of Bloodstock Services at Hill ‘n’ Dale, described Violence as, “the best-looking yearling I saw by far in 2011.”
Making his debut at Saratoga, Violence flashed his brilliance as the 4-5 favorite, with a determined win going 7 panels. He followed that victory with an effortless triumph in the Grade 2 Nashua Stakes at a mile at Aqueduct winning by 2 lengths, cementing his status among racing insiders as perhaps the most talented juvenile of his generation. In somewhat of a bold and unorthodox move for Trainer Todd Pletcher, Violence shipped cross country to run for the first time around two turns on the artificial surface at Hollywood Park where he effortlessly annexed the $750,000 Grade 1 CashCall Futurity, showcasing his versatility, determination and class, defeating among others, eventual Preakness Winner Oxbow. Violence’s only defeat came to eventual Kentucky Derby Champion, Orb, in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth where he ran a valiant second after running three-quarters in 1:08.94 while sustaining a career ending injury.
“Violence was the consummate professional with a perfect temperament and unlimited potential,” said his trainer, Todd Pletcher.
“Violence is a great horse to look at, and possesses all the traits of an outstanding sire prospect - precocity with classic ability, physicality and a huge pedigree, hailing from the family of Champions Sky Beauty, Maplejinsky, Gold Beauty and Dayjur,” said Hill ‘n’ Dale President, John G. Sikura. “He was absolutely a top-class horse, and at $15,000 stands and nurses, I am confident we are affording breeders a strong opportunity to be successful, both in the sales ring and on the racetrack.”