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Behold! $8.2 Million for Blue-Blooded American Pharoah Filly

Wed, 2019-09-11 15:33

Mandy Pope’s Whisper Hill Farm landed the prized possession of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale, an $8.2 million American Pharoah half-sister to GISWs Beholder (Henny Hughes), Mendelssohn (Scat Daddy) and Into Mischief (Harlan’s Holiday).

Hip 498, a daughter of Leslie’s Lady (Tricky Creek), was consigned on behalf of her breeder Clarkland Farm.

Clarkland Farm purchased Leslie’s Lady for $100,000 at the 2006 KEENOV Sale.

 

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Empire Maker Half-Sis to Champion Jaywalk Lights Up Keeneland

Wed, 2019-09-11 15:16

An Empire Maker half-sister to champion Jaywalk (Cross Traffic) lit up the tote board at Keeneland September Wednesday, bringing $2 million from agent Shawn Dugan.

Hip 485 was bred and consigned by Gainesway.

The daughter of the Orientate mare Lady Pewitt is also a half-sister to Danzatrice (Dunkirk), MSW & GSP, $312,145.

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$1.2 Million for Curlin Colt at KEESEP

Wed, 2019-09-11 14:24

A colt by leading sire Curlin brought $1.2 million from West Bloodstock on behalf of owners Robert & Lawana Low at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale Wednesday.

The half-brother to GI Hollywood Derby winner Mo Town (Uncle Mo), bred in Kentucky by John D. Gunther & Eurowest Bloodstock, was consigned by Glennwood Farm Inc., agent.

Hip 431 is out of the winning Bernardini mare Grazie Mille.

Grazie Mille’s filly by Uncle Mo–the unraced 2-year-old now named Champagne Lady–brought $875,000 from Courtlandt Farm at last year’s KEESEP Sale.

Another son of Curlin, Hip 428 from the Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent, consignment, brought $1 million earlier in the session from Repole Stables, St. Elias and M.V. Magnier. He is out of GISW Got Lucky (A.P. Indy).

 

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Sept. 12 Insights: World of Trouble Full-Brother Re-Entered at Kentucky Downs

Wed, 2019-09-11 13:46

4th-KD, $130K, Msw, 2yo, 6 1/2fT, 2:48 p.m. EST

ALFIE SOLOMONS (Kantharos), previously entered in a July 24 turf sprint at Saratoga that he later scratched out of, is back in the entries and slated to make his career bow in this closing-day spot at Kentucky Downs. The chestnut, bought for $285,000 last year at Keeneland September, is a full-brother to MGISW and dual-surface star World of Trouble. Owned by Andrew Farm and For the People Racing and trained by Wesley Ward, he missed nearly a month on the worktab after his scratch, but has returned with three sharp breezes at Keeneland, capped by a five-furlong move in :59 4/5 (2/6) Sept. 6. Ward has also entered Invader (War Front), who looks to make amends after running sixth as the favorite in his career bow July 6 at Belmont. Racing for Grandview Equine and Cheyenne Stables, the $500,000 KEESEP buy also drilled five furlongs Sept. 6 in Lexington and earned the bullet, going in :59 2/5 (1/6). The bay is out of GSW/G1SP Say (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), making him a full-brother to GISW Fog of War and SW Naval Intelligence. —@JBiancaTDN TJCIS PPs

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‘Pharoah’ Colt Leads Early Returns at KEESEP

Wed, 2019-09-11 12:42

A colt by Triple Crown winner American Pharoah (Hip 382)–just the second yearling to enter the ring– caused some early fireworks during Wednesday’s session of the Keeneland September Sale, bringing $1.3 million from M.V. Magnier and Sarah Kelly.

Out of the unplaced Smart Strike mare Escampette, he was bred in Kentucky by Dixiana Farms and consigned by Hunter Valley Farm, agent.

He was previously purchased by Hunter Valley Farm for $340,000 as a KEENOV weanling.

This is the extended female family of champion Althea and GI Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Bayern.

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Opinions on the Cap: Antony Beck

Wed, 2019-09-11 10:21

Editor’s Note: The Jockey Club has asked for public comment on their proposal to cap at 140 the number of mares a stallion can breed annually. In this ongoing series, we will publish the perspectives of breeders, stallion farms and others on the proposal.

Antony Beck, Gainesway Farm
It’s a matter of equilibrium. Horsemen at every level need to strike a balance between, on the one hand, the commercial imperatives on which their livelihoods depend; and, on the other, the long-term interests of the breed. Sometimes the free market can develop its own restraints. But sometimes it requires a disinterested intervention of this kind to get everyone on the same page. And, in the end, we may well find that apparently opposed agendas will be reconciled by outcomes that satisfy both. We know that commercial support for certain types of stallion will tend not only to be premature but also, very often, too impatient. And, with that in mind, we should welcome this challenge as an opportunity. Farms should recognize that greater equilibrium will ultimately bring commercial benefits to their stallion rosters–quite apart from the manifest benefits to the breed, in terms of genetic diversity. Because the bottom line is always that whatever serves the interests of the Thoroughbred, in the long term, will ultimately serve our interests as well.

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Keeneland September Powers Ahead

Tue, 2019-09-10 21:30

by Jessica Martini, Christie DeBernardis, Brian DiDonato

LEXINGTON, KY – After a powerful initial session Monday, the Keeneland September Yearling Sale only gained strength through Tuesday’s second of three Book 1 sessions, with a colt by Curlin bringing the auction’s highest price since 2010 when selling for $4.1 million to Godolphin. Sheikh Mohammed’s operation purchased the top two lots at Monday’s opener and was again the major player at the top Tuesday. In addition to the session topper, Godolphin also purchased a colt by War Front for $2.9 million and a filly by Union Rags for $1 million to secure three of the day’s five seven-figure yearlings. Sheikh Hamdan’s Shadwell Estate Company was responsible for the day’s other two million-dollar transactions.

“What an incredible day,” said Keeneland’s Vice President of Sales and Racing Bob Elliston. “When we were up here yesterday, obviously it was a very upbeat attitude, but I think we exceeded that today.”

With a smaller Book 1 this year, comparisons to last year’s auction are difficult, but figures from day-to-day prove Elliston’s point. During Tuesday’s session, 109 yearlings sold for $49,150,000. The average, which was $432,065 Monday, jumped to $450,917 Tuesday, and the median rose from $325,000 during the first session to $375,000 during the second.

“It’s hard with the comparisons again until we get to the fifth session, but the numbers we can compare are today from yesterday,” Elliston said. “Today, the average horse sold for $451,000 and the median jumped $50,000 more from yesterday. So that’s just staggering. There was depth–that median jumping like that shows it wasn’t just two horses that caused the jump.”

Through two sessions, a total of 216 yearlings have grossed $95,381,000 for an average of $441,579 and a median of $350,000. The buy-back rate stands at 29.64%. After two sessions of a four-day Book 1 in 2018, 306 yearlings had sold for $114,455,000. The average was $374,036, the median was $300,000, and the buy-back rate was 27.83%.

Through two sessions, 12 horses have topped the million-dollar mark–there were 27 at the entire 2018 sale–with Godolphin responsible for five. The group made its biggest splash with the $4.1-million purchase of the Curlin colt out of Bounding (Aus) (Lonhro {Aus}), who was consigned by Eaton Sales on behalf of Barbara Banke’s Stonestreet. Bidding on the yearling featured an old-fashioned slugfest between powerhouse buyers Coolmore and Godolphin reminiscent of the boom market of the early 2000s.

“All the bidding stopped out front, and for the last at least $2 million it was all out back,” Elliston said. “And it was $100,000 a pop. It sounded like the old days and it was. Sheikh Mohammed against the Coolmore gentlemen and it was a great battle that Sheikh Mohammed ended up taking, but it felt like ’04 and ’05 back in the old days when the market was really incredible.”

Through two days, Godolphin has purchased six head for $13,250,000. The operation’s bloodstock agent Anthony Stroud admitted bidding was competitive for the right horses.

“I think the market is buoyant at the top,” Stroud said. “There is a demand for good horses.”

Taylor Made Sales Agency was the session’s leading consignor with 20 sold for $7,275,000, while Curlin led all stallions on the day with 10 yearlings bringing $8,525,000.

The September sale continues with a final Book 1 session beginning at noon Wednesday. Following a dark day Thursday, the auction resumes Friday at 10 a.m. and continues through Sept. 22.

Curlin & Godolphin Continue to Dominate

Curlin has been red hot at the yearling sales this season with three seven-figure colts at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale and another at Monday’s opening session of the Keeneland September Sale. Demand for sons of the Hall of Famer reached new heights Tuesday at Keeneland when a colt out of New Zealand champion Bounding (Aus) summoned $4.1 million from Godolphin. Coolmore was the under bidder on the bay colt, who is the highest-priced yearling to sell at KEESEP since Mr. Besilu (A.P. Indy) brought $4.2 million in 2010.

“He is a very athletic horse, a lovely, well-balanced horse from a good farm,” said Godolphin’s bloodstock advisor Anthony Stroud as Sheikh Mohammed and the team dispersed just after signing the ticket in their usual spot by the back walking ring.

When asked if the price was above what he expected Hip 274 would reach, Stroud said, “Oh gosh, yes. I needed oxygen. We were gasping for air at that stage. Luckily, we are under the leadership of Sheikh Mohammed and he is a decisive man. He is completely in control and is the one who makes these decisions. In this particular case, he told me to continue. As a group, it was definitely more than we anticipated him to make.”

With Sheikh Mohammed in town for the sale, Godolphin led all buyers during Monday’s session and repeated that feat Tuesday, buying six horses for $13.25 million for an average of $2,208,333.

“The love of horse racing and the hope of finding a champion is the thing,” Stroud said. “He loves the sport, he loves coming to America and he loves Keeneland. That is why he is doing what he is doing.”

Hip 274 was consigned by Eaton Sales for breeder Stonestreet Stables. Barbara Banke’s operation went to 1.9 million AUD, which is $1,374,080 USD, to acquire the bay colt’s dam Bounding (Aus) (Lonhro {Aus}) at the 2016 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale. A champion sprinter in New Zealand, the 9-year-old mare is a half-sister to this year’s G1 Investec Derby hero Anthony Van Dyck (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}). Hip 274 is Bounding’s first foal and she has since produced a War Front filly Mar. 17 and was bred back to Medaglia d’Oro.

“She is spectacularly beautiful,” Banke said of Bounding. “She was very fast. She was a sprint champion, so she brings the speed. [Curlin] has speed. Some may say his best race was when he was sprinting early in his career. So, he has speed, she has speed. The colt is beautiful. He has a really good head on his shoulders. He has never done anything wrong. He has just been perfect from day one.” @CDeBernardisTDN

Strong September Sale for Stonestreet

Between their star-studded broodmare band and their flagship stallion Curlin, Stonestreet has been having a very good September sale thus far. The Lexington nursery sold two yearlings Monday, an $800,000 son of Curlin out of blue hen Scarlet’s Tango (French Deputy) (Hip 68) and a $2.15 million colt out of that mare’s Grade I-winning daughter Tara’s Tango (Unbridled’s Song) (Hip 138). Barbara Banke’s operation made an even stronger showing Tuesday, topping the session with a $4.1 million Curlin colt out of New Zealand champion Bounding (Aus) (Lonhro {Aus}) (Hip 274). They also sold a Curlin daughter of their Grade I-winning homebred Dreaming of Julia (A.P. Indy) for $1.05 million (Hip 368) and a Medaglia d’Oro colt out of her MGISW mother Dream Rush (Wild Rush) for $550,000 (Hip 370). (Click here for a TDN video feature on Stonestreet broodmares that includes Dreaming of Julia).

“I brought all my colts except for one and that is the one out of Rachel’s Valentina [Hip 42, scratched Monday], which is a special sentimental favorite, shall we say,” said Banke. After the ordeal we had with Rachel Alexandra, we wanted to preserve that line at home. Anyway, I brought them all and this is the one [Hip 274] I liked the best.”

Curlin carried the burgundy and gold Stonestreet colors to seven Grade I victories, including the GI Breeders’ Cup Classic and G1 Dubai World Cup. They have heavily supported at him at stud and been rewarded with the likes of champion Good Magic, who summoned $1-million at KEESEP, after which Banke stayed in as partner. The Hill ‘n’ Dale stallion has been a big part of Stonestreet’s sale success this season with a son of his and the operation’s Yes Liz (Yes It’s True) reaching $1-million at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale, in addition to their pair of seven-figure colts this week. This far at Keeneland September, 16 Curlin yearlings have sold for a total of $12.625 million and an average of $789,063.

“Curlin is having a wonderful sales year,” Banke said. “This should really take him over the top. He is a family member to me. I want the best mares for him. I want to see [the Curlins] do the best on the track. I want to produce those Classic winners for many years to come, I hope.”

Banke continued, “We have one at the farm, who is a full to Good Magic, and he is the friendliest thing and so pretty. We also have a full to Union Jackson. We continue to breed our best to him and buy mares that we think will go well with him.” @CDeBernardisTDN

Believe You Can Keeps Rewarding Joneses

Believe You Can (Proud Citizen) had already supplied the Jones family of Airdrie Stud with a lifetime of memories when she won the 2012 GI Kentucky Oaks, but the mare added to her legacy when her colt by War Front sold for $2.9 million to Godolphin Tuesday at Keeneland.

“That first Friday in May of 2012, we had the whole family there and she wins the Kentucky Oaks and we have all those memories,” said Bret Jones, while holding his young son, out back after the yearling sold. “Now years later, we are making new memories with family members who weren’t even there back then. So it’s really special when you have a family farm like this. It’s very special to share it with the people that you love.”

Believe You Can’s first foal is graded-placed Believe in Royalty (Tapit), who sold for $900,000 at the 2016 Keeneland September sale. Her second foal, a filly by Tapit, sold for $1 million at the 2017 Keeneland September sale.

The Airdrie Stud team was high on the War Front yearling (hip 258) all year, according to Jones, who said the dark bay colt may be the best horse the farm, founded by his father and former Kentucky governor Brereton Jones, has bred.

“He has every chance to go on and prove that,” Jones said of his lofty expectations for the yearling. “That’s really the feeling we had from an early time. Everything about him says racehorse and I hope he is even better on the track than he was in the sales ring.”

Of the colt’s $2.9-million price tag, Jones admitted, “You never expect it, but we brought him up here thinking we had a chance to have a really special Tuesday. And we were fortunate that everything worked out and so thankful the horse handled everything as well as he did, because you never know. You can have all the class in the universe back at the farm, but he handled it like the really special horse that he is. He showed himself as well as one could and thankfully he sold very, very well.”

Believe You Can produced a filly by Uncle Mo this year and was bred back to Airdrie’s new stallion Collected.

“The foal by Uncle Mo that we have at home is a very special filly as well,” Jones said. “This is two years in a row that this mare has had the best foal on the farm. She is already a graded stakes producer and she has the opportunity to keep going on. That’s a great feeling.”

Jones gave credit to the team at Airdrie for the sales success, with some of the farm’s long-time employees there to share the moment.

“We have to say thank you to everybody at the farm,” Jones said. “We had so many of them here. Mark Cunningham has been with us almost 40 years and he came to the sale. And Tim Thornton, who was our general manager for so many years, was right there sitting next to dad and you think what memories they have to together. So it really is so special for the team to have a day like this.”

Hip 258 was another big-ticket purchase for Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin.

“Sheikh Mohammed really liked this horse,” said Godolphin’s Anthony Stroud. “It was a great deal of money, but he liked him. He is obviously by a great stallion in War Front and out of a Group 1 mare. He’s bred by Brerry Jones, at a fantastic stud farm. He had the conformation to suit and we thought he was a really, really good horse.” —@JessMartiniTDN

KEESEP Super Sires Responsible for Million-Dollar Filly

While sires War Front and Tapit are typically slugging it out at the top of the yearling market, they joined forces to produce a War Front filly who brought $1 million from Shadwell Tuesday at Keeneland. Offered by Gainesway, Agent LIV, hip 351 is the first foal out of 2015 GIII Monmouth Oaks heroine Delightful Joy (Tapit).

“She’s a super filly,” Gainesway’s Michael Hernon said. “We got her about four months ago. She’s thrived every day. I’ve got a great amount of confidence in her–she will run. We really appreciate Shadwell’s support of this filly, and other bidders of course. She’s just a special filly–very strong, very Danzig with a lot of strength. I expect her to appear and do herself justice next year at Royal Ascot.”

Oussama Aboughazale’s International Equities Holding paid $700,000 for Delightful Joy at the 2017 Keeneland January sale. In addition to her own exploits on the track, she is a daughter of GSW/GISP Graeme Six (Graeme Hall) and half to GSW Cali Star (Street Cry {Ire}). A Pioneerof the Nile half-sister to Delightful Joy cost $1.05 million here 12 months ago. Delightful Joy has a filly foal by Medaglia d’Oro and was bred back to American Pharoah.

“What can I say? Tapit keeps writing his story,” said Hernon when asked about the Gainesway stalwart’s emergence as a top broodmare sire. “He’s a wonderful horse. He’s left an indelible mark on the stud book and we’re a long way from the finish line. Given the mares he has been bred to–super mares and high quality–and if they get 50% females, he’s going to put a lot of fillies on the ground with top pedigrees and consequently he’ll be a leading broodmare sire. It’s inevitable.” @BDiDonatoTDN

Dreaming of Julia Filly Makes Another Seven Figure Sale For Curlin/Stonestreet/Denali

Denali Stud, Stonestreet Stables and Curlin have been a very profitable combination at Keeneland this week. The trio enjoyed their second seven-figure transaction of Book 1 when a Curlin filly out of Grade I winner Dreaming of Julia (A.P. Indy) summoned $1.05 million from Shadwell Farm. Denali also represented Stonestreet on a $2.15 million Curlin colt (Hip 138) during Monday’s session and a $1 million son of the Hill ‘n’ Dale stallion that sold at Fasig-Tipton’s Saratoga Sale.

“To be honest, it is not like we were surprised,” Denali’s Conrad Bandoroff said of the daughter of Dreaming of Julia (Hip 368). “She was a ‘Wow’ filly. She was balanced, she had quality, she oozed class. Right before she went in, I said to my dad, ‘If you want to win the [GI Kentucky] Oaks, you buy a filly like that. That is what she is bred to do. She is another testament to the Stonestreet program. She is out of a mare they raced and won a Grade I with. She is an amazing filly and she is going to get every chance. Best of luck to Sheikh Hamdan and the whole Shadwell team.”

Bandoroff continued, “A filly like her makes our job easy. She is worth that price as a broodmare all day long. You look at her and blue hen comes to mind with that family. It is an amazing family and she doesn’t have to do much to be worth it. She looks like one who could get you there.”

Stonestreet privately purchased two-time Grade I winner Dream Rush (Wild Rush) and Dreaming of Julia was her first foal. Trained by Todd Pletcher, the bay mare opened her account with a trio of victories, including the 2012 GI Frizette S. and won the following year’s GII Gulfstream Park Oaks. Dreaming of Julia is a half-sister to MGSW Dream Pauline (Tapit) and stakes-winning young sire Atreides (Medaglia d’Oro). Hip 368 is the 9-year-old mare’s third foal, following a 2016 Ghostzapper colt and 2017 Medaglia d’Oro filly named Golden Julia. Dreaming of Julia produced a colt by Medaglia d’Oro this year and was bred back to Curlin.

“She is a nice horse and has the kind of pedigree we are looking for,” said Shadwell’s Rick Nichols. “Curlin is a top sire and we have had Curlins over the years and had good luck with them. For dirt racing in America, that is one of the sires you need.”

Shadwell has purchased a total of 12 yearlings through the first two sessions of Keeneland September for a gross of $7.67 million and an average of $639,167. The Dreaming of Julia filly and a colt also by Curlin (Hip 162) were their most expensive purchases at $1.05 million each. @CDeBernardisTDN

Point of Honor Half Sis to Godolphin

With Sheikh Mohammed in the building, the Godolphin team was quite active during Monday’s opening session, buying three yearlings for a total of $5.25-million. The operation kept busy during Tuesday’s session as well, causing early fireworks when securing a Union Rags half-sister to GSW & MGISP Point of Honor (Curlin) for a cool $1-million.

“She has been bought for America to race here,” said Godolphin’s bloodstock representative Anthony Stroud. “Sheikh Mohammed wants to buy some fillies to race in America and she fits the bill. She is well-bred, she is very athletic and a nice filly.”

When asked if her half-sister’s success this year was part of the team’s attraction to Hip 199, Stroud said, “That helped, but she was just a nice filly. She was a good, easy mover with a good pedigree and from a good farm.”

Siena Farm bred Hip 199’s dam Zayanna (Bernardini), who is a half-sister to graded winners Mr Freeze (To Honor and Serve), Heavenly Ransom (Red Ransom) and Dilemma (Grand Slam). She has produced four winners from four foals to race, topped by GII Black-Eyed Susan S. heroine Point of Honor, who was most recently second in the Aug. 17 GI Alabama S. at Saratoga. The 10-year-old mare is also responsible for SW Velvet Mood (Lonhro {Aus}) and SP Admiral Jimmy (Jimmy Creed). Zayanna’s 2-year-old filly Wicked Whisper (Liam’s Map), a $500,000 KEESEP purchase by Alex and JoAnn Lieblong, romped by 6 1/4 lengths in her Saratoga debut for Steve Asmussen Aug. 25, earning the ‘TDN Rising Star’ moniker.

Taylor Made Sales Agency consigned the bay filly on behalf of her breeder. Siena Farm has sold five yearlings through the first two sessions with Hip 199 being the most expensive. Their total gross so far is $2.76 million with an average of $552,000.

“She is a great-looking filly from a great family,” said Duncan Taylor. “I just want to say thank you to Sheikh Mohammed. He has been great not only to Keeneland, but to our family. He just buys horse after horse. I hope that filly can be a Grade I winner for him. She certainly looks the part. She has a lot of her father in her. Siena has been raising some great horses.” @CDeBernardisTDN

Beach Patrol Half Goes to Best

A Flatter half-brother to MGISW, $2.5-million earner and ‘TDN Rising Star‘ Beach Patrol (Lemon Drop Kid) became the latest pricey buy by Larry Best’s OXO Equine when Best fended off all challengers to take him home for $900,000. The Mar. 6 foal was consigned as hip 250 by Jody and Michelle Huckabay’s Elm Tree Farm on behalf of breeder and longtime client Nancy Shuford.

“He was just one of those horses who never had anything go wrong,” said Jody Huckabay after shaking hands with Best. “From the time he foaled, he was just a very nice colt, a special horse. We had a couple different people come to the farm and look [at him], and in particular Mike Ryan, whose opinion I value, and he told me he was a special horse. I thought he was, but when Mike said that it really made me feel good and pump my chest up. He’s been very well-received here. We had a lot of breeders and racehorse people on him. We had no idea what he was going to bring, but the reserve was nothing compared to what he brought. He’s just a very special horse and we hope he goes on to run like Beach Patrol.”

Shuford paid $90,000 for dam Bashful Bertie (Quiet American)–a full to Grade II winner Allamerican Bertie and half to MGSW Hurricane Bertie (Storm Boot)—in foal to Mr. Greeley at the 2010 Keeneland November sale. She failed to produce a foal from that first mating, but her Malibu Moon colt the following year was a $205,000 weanling and $450,000 KEESEP yearling. Beach Patrol was a $250,000 weanling at KEENOV ’14, and a Speightstown colt born in 2015 brought $400,000 that November. Now 2-year-old Carolina Bertie (Speightstown) was a $335,000 buyback at KEENOV ’17. Bashful Bertie produced an Into Mischief colt May 6 and was bred back to Candy Ride (Arg).

When asked to compare hip 250 to Beach Patrol, winner of the 2016 GI Secretariat S. and 2017 GI Arlington Million and GI Joe Hirsch Turf Classic S., Huckabay said, “We sold Beach Patrol as a weanling, so I didn’t get to finish him out. I think this is going to be a little bigger horse. Chad Brown looked at this horse at the barn as well, and Peter Brant had been back there and looked at him–didn’t comment, but thought he was a nice horse. The mare, you can about breed her to anything and she gets a nice horse.”

Claiborne Farm resident Flatter has been responsible for the last two Fasig-Tipton July toppers, and had a $500,000 colt sell at Saratoga. His top earner, 2017 champion 3-year-old West Coast, cost $425,000 here.

“We’re big fans of Flatter,” Huckabay said. “It was down to several [stallions] when we bred this mare, and we settled on Flatter just because we really enjoy doing business with Claiborne [Farm], their horses are very fairly priced and obviously you can make a big profit with their stock.”

Hip 250 is bred on the same cross as GSW Economic Model, and produced by a version of the same A.P. Indy–Quiet American cross responsible for the likes of Bernardini.

As for the KEESEP market so far, Huckabay said, “If you bring the right horse, there’s all the money in the world, but they better vet and they better be the right kind for Book 1. If they’re not, then it’s pretty tough sledding.”@BDiDonatoTDN

Tapit Filly for Al Shira’aa

A filly by Tapit has joined the roster at Al Shira’aa Stable after bloodstock agent Shawn Dugan bid $900,000 to acquire the Gainesway-bred and consigned yearling. The bay is out of Courtisane (Arg) (Silver Finder) and is a half-sister to multiple Grade I placed Madame Stripes (Arg) (Equal Stripes), a mare Dugan is very familiar with. Her husband Neil Drysdale trained the mare on behalf of Antony Beck’s Gainesway Stable.

“How about absolutely everything,” Dugan said when asked about the yearling’s appeal. “I know I’ve said that before, but this was just a queen. Neil trained Madame Stripes, we were very lucky that Antony Beck sent us that gorgeous filly who had already been second in the G1 Argentine Guineas. She came to us and she did nothing but try her heart out for a number of seasons. She was very sound and she had a great mind and she was absolutely stunning. And this filly is an even more elegant version of Madame Stripes. So we were trying very hard for her.”

Madame Stripes won last year’s GIII Megahertz S. and was third in the GI Gamely S. among her nine on-the-board finishes in graded company. The mare joined the Gainesway broodmare band and was bred to Tapit this year.

Immediate plans for the yearling filly are still to be decided.

“We are going to reconvene with the principal and take a look at what is next,” Dugan said.

The Abu Dhabi-based Al Shira’aa operation includes a newly purchased farm in Ireland.

“She is definitely going to be something that will never be sold,” Dugan said of the yearling. “We are hoping that she will have two careers.”

Dugan has now made four yearling purchases at the September sale. She went to $750,000 to acquire a filly by Curlin (hip 10) and $300,000 for a filly by Candy Ride (Arg) (hip 180) during Monday’s session of the auction and also purchased a filly by Malibu Moon (hip 237) for $525,000 Tuesday. The bloodstock agent was also active at last month’s Arqana August Yearling Sale where her five purchases were topped by a 700,000 euro daughter of Frankel (GB) (hip 4).

“It’s terribly strong,” Dugan said of the international yearling market. “It’s very difficult to buy something that has both pedigree and conformation. Vet issues are at hand, as well, so it’s very tough. But it’s great to see such strong markets in our industry because I am hoping that this will be the same situation next year and the year after that and the decade after that.” @JessMartiniTDN

Kellys Grab Pharoah Filly

A filly from the second crop of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah lit up the board toward the end of Tuesday’s KEESEP session when agent Jamie McCalmont, bidding on behalf of owners Jon and Sarah Kelly, went to $875,000 to acquire the Feb. 15 foal. Out of GISP Connie and Michael (Roman Ruler), the bay was consigned by co-breeder Bill Betz’s Betz Thoroughbreds, Inc. as hip 321.

“I thought she was as nice a filly as there was in the sale,” said McCalmont after revealing that the new purchase would be trained by Hall of Famer Richard Mandella. “She’s by a stallion who’s looking to be pretty hot, she’s got a beautiful head on her and we found it very hard to find fault with her. The filly never put a foot wrong. At no point could I find a negative with her.”

Hip 321’s dam, also bred by Betz and partners, was a head-turning 7 3/4-length debut winner over the Keeneland all-weather in 2009 and was second in the GI Mother Goose S. the following year. The $80,000 KEESEP yearling most recently sold for $375,000 in foal to Uncle Mo at Keeneland November in 2014. The resulting colt brought $260,000 here, and a Pioneerof the Nile colt cost $360,000 24 months ago. Connie and Michael produced a Malibu Moon filly Mar. 31 and was bred back to Good Magic.

Just a few hips after scooping up hip 321, McCalmont struck again for the Kellys to add hip 333, a $340,000 War Front colt out of GI E. P. Taylor S. winner Curvy (GB) (Galileo {Ire}) from the family of European Group 1 winners Power (GB), Footstepsinthesand (GB) and Pedro the Great.

The California-based Kellys, who made their family fortune via the development of television stations by their Kelly Broadcasting Co., have campaigned the likes of graded winners Vacare, Sporting Art, Meridiana (Ger) and Lady at Peace. Sarah Kelly co-owns this year’s $420,000 Fasig-Tipton Santa Anita Two-Year-Olds in Training topper with Jane Wiltz. Now named Eclair (Bernardini), the Bob Baffert pupil was third sprinting on the turf in Del Mar MSW company Aug. 24. @BDiDonatoTDN

Stonehaven Steadings Makes It Look ‘Easy’

The Stonehaven Steadings team was almost all smiles–and a few happy tears–after selling a $700,000 Quality Road filly (hip 374) to Don and Donna Adam’s Courtlandt Farms Tuesday at KEESEP.

Jeff and Chiquita Reddoch’s operation paid just $60,000 for stakes-placed dam Easy Living (Big Brown) at the 2015 Keeneland November sale. This was their second big sale out of the mare–her first foal, now named Life on the Road (Street Sense), brought $450,000 from Phoenix Thoroughbreds last year and took his debut by 3 1/2 lengths at Ellis for trainer Steve Asmussen Aug. 30.

“We’re overwhelmed,” said Stonehaven’s Leah O’Meara after congratulating the Courtlandt team alongside her family, including husband and director of bloodstock Aidan O’Meara. “It’s been a great start to the sale for Stonehaven and this is definitely one for the record books for us. We’ll never forget today–it’s been special. We’re very thankful, blown away and appreciative of everything. The whole team deserves a lot of credit.”

Easy Living is a half to 11 winners, including SW/GSP Jaramar Rain (Thunder Gulch)–a producer herself of three stakes horses; SW Harbor Mist (Rockport Harbor); and another graded stakes-placed-producing mare. This is the extremely deep extended female family of Grade I winners Stormello, Marlin, Madcap Escapade, et al.

“She was just big and stretchy,” O’Meara said when asked about Easy Living’s appeal when Stonehaven acquired her. “She was by Big Brown, which we liked, and she’s obviously out of a good mare herself. She’s a really nice filly and she’s been a fantastic mare, so we continue to hope for good things.”

Easy Living produced an American Pharoah filly Mar. 30 before being bred back to More Than Ready.@BDiDonatoTDN

Spivey Back on Home Soil

Catlyn Spivey, who has acted as director of bloodstock for Equine Analysis and as sales and bloodstock consultant at Vinery Sales in Kentucky, relocated to New Zealand following her marriage to Kiwi native Scott Calder last fall, but Spivey is back in Lexington for the September sale and has already signed for two yearlings on behalf of an overseas client so far at the 13-day auction.

“I’ve been buying for these people privately for the last few years,” Spivey said of the client. “I’ve been buying horses off the racetrack for them. And that’s gone pretty well. So they’ve asked to switch it up and buy some yearlings.”

During Monday’s first session of the sale, Spivey purchased a colt by Hard Spun (hip 17) for $130,000 and she followed up Tuesday purchasing a son of Uncle Mo (hip 322) for $510,000.

“I was really surprised to get that colt honestly,” Spivey said of the Uncle Mo colt out of graded-placed Conquest Curlgirl (Curlin). “I knew he would be in that range, but I thought he might go over it just because of the way the market has been. He is such a quality colt. He reminded me so much of Uncle Mo. He just moves really well and he was a really solid colt.”

The yearlings will head to Randy Bradshaw’s Ocala base to be broken, but eventually will head to race in Dubai.

Spivey expects to continue shopping throughout much of the September sale.

“It’s really about the physicals and they want primarily colts, but I’ve looked at a few fillies here and there,” Spivey said of her clients. “They are a good addition to the sale. They haven’t bought yearlings for a while. This last year, I’ve bought a few for them and they’ve gone over and they liked them, so we’ve bought a few more. I’ve spent a bunch of my budget already, but I’m going to keep looking through Book 5 and see what happens.”

Spivey and Calder, who worked in sales and marketing at Coolmore America for five years and now is part of the sales and nominations division at Cambridge Stud, are also active on the New Zealand sales scene.

“We have bought into a few foals and we bred a foal, so we’ll sell at the Karaka sales in January,” Spivey said.

Of differences in the breeding industries in the two countries, Spivey said, “I think a good horse is a good horse anywhere, but they definitely have a different style. New Zealand is really good at breeding stayers, that’s kind of their bread and butter and the Australians often come over to get those kind of horses. So it’s a bit of a different style of horse. This big, dirt horse that we have over here, wouldn’t work over there. They are a bit smaller and more refined types. So I am still getting my head around that, but I am really enjoying it. The people are so nice, everyone has been so welcoming. I’m happy to be back [in Kentucky], but I’m happy to live there as well.”@JessMartiniTDN

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Lawsuit Alleges ‘Secret Plan’ for Belmont Development Among NYRA, State Officials

Tue, 2019-09-10 20:11

Citing a flawed bidding process and a “secret master plan” that was allegedly floated by the New York Racing Association (NYRA) and discussed among state officials nine months before the state issued an official request for proposal (RFP) to build a hockey arena at Belmont Park, the Village of Floral Park, where Belmont is located, has filed a lawsuit to block the $1.3 billion project.

Newsday first broke the story late Tuesday afternoon. The Empire State Urban Development Corporation (ESD), the New York State Franchise Oversight Board (FOB), and New York Arena Partners, LLC (NYAP), are listed as the defendants in the Sept. 9 filing in the Supreme Court of New York State (County of Nassau).

NYRA itself is not listed as a defendant, although the suit says that “even more shockingly” than the existence of an allegedly secret master plan, “the plan contained multiple NYRA-related improvements in addition to all of the elements of the NYAP proposal [later] submitted in response to the RFP.”

“The discovery of this secret plan is consequential because it was identical to NYAP’s project in all material respects,” the suit states, adding that Floral Park officials only discovered the plan’s existence via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

“The implications of the secret Master Plan are grave, as it appears there may have been a coordinated effort among State officials at the highest level to clear the path for the NYAP proposal,” the suit contends.

Floral Park’s FOIA request turned up a Nov. 14, 2016, document on which every page was marked “CONFIDENTIAL DRAFT—NOT FOR DISTRIBUTION.”

Three days later, an email that referenced that document and discussed development details at Belmont was allegedly sent out to a number of state officials by then-NYRA president Christopher Kay.

Beyond the hockey arena, the allegedly secret master plan also detailed the inclusion of a “synthetic track for winter racing” at Belmont and “light stations for nighttime racing in warm weather months.” A large sports bar, restaurants, luxury suites, and terraces overlooking the paddock were also proposed.

“It appears that State officials were impressed, as NYRA’s transmittal to the State of the secret Master Plan update came less than one month before ESD abruptly cancelled an ongoing RFP process, begun in 2012, aimed at redeveloping Belmont Park,” the suit contends.

According to the suit, the FOB then released a new RFP for the racetrack/arena development on July 28, 2017—more than nine months after the allegedly secret Belmont master plan first was circulated.

“The public was never intended to see this Master Plan, even though it involved the development of State-owned land,” the court documents allege.

Patrick McKenna, NYRA’s communications director, told TDN via email that NYRA will decline comment on the litigation.

“However,” McKenna added. “NYRA’s position on the redevelopment of Belmont Park is clear–this is a transformative project that will create jobs and economic opportunity for Nassau County and the entire region for decades to come and will compliment and contribute to the future of Thoroughbred racing at Belmont Park.”

The plaintiffs in the lawsuit disagree.

“This lawsuit concerns a project proposed to be developed for private use on a portion of Belmont Park that is, by any objective standard, completely at odds–in terms of purpose, proportionality and compatibility–with the suburban communities that surround it,” the lawsuit states. “If the project is allowed to proceed, the consequences will be irreversible.”

“Belmont Park is State-owned land held in trust on behalf of the public–not the whims and desires of public developers,” the suit continues.

The official groundbreaking for the $1.3-billion development project for the future hockey home of the New York Islanders is slated for later this month. NYRA officials have already announced extensive scheduling changes to accommodate it, such as adjusting Belmont post times and moving a portion of the Belmont fall meet to Aqueduct Racetrack. The earlier July 11 start to the Saratoga Race Course this summer was also a result of NYRA’s pre-emptive concerns over construction conflicts with live racing.

Belmont and its neighbors, the suit states, have co-existed “in relative harmony for over 100 years. For the residents of Floral Park, Belmont Park is not just a neighbor; it has long represented a bulwark against the encroachment of New York City’s development to the west.”

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Curlin Colt New KEESEP Topper at Eye-Popping $4.1 Million

Tue, 2019-09-10 14:36

A Stonestreet-bred Curlin colt out of New Zealand champion and G1SW Bounding (Aus) (Lonhro {Aus}) dropped jaws at Keeneland September Tuesday when selling for an eye-popping $4.1 million to Godolphin as Hip 274. From the eight-figure-earning superstar Hill ‘n’ Dale sire, the bay, consigned by Eaton Sales, Agent for Stonestreet Bred & Raised, is the first foal from Bounding, who won six group stakes in the Southern Hemipshere and is herself a half-sister to G1SW Anthony Van Dyck (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}). She was purchased by Stonestreet for A$1.9 million in 2016. Second dam Believe’n’succeed (Aus) (Exceed And Excel {Aus}) is a group stakes winner and full-sister to MGSW Kuroshio (Aus).

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War Front Colt Lights Up KEESEP Board, Goes to Godolphin for $2.9 Million

Tue, 2019-09-10 14:08

A colt by international super-sire War Front out of GI Kentucky Oaks winner Believe You Can (Proud Citizen) lit up the board on day two at Keeneland September Tuesday when hammering for a thus-far sale-topping $2.9 million to Godolphin as Sheikh Mohammed continued his raid on the marquee sale. Consigned by breeder Brereton C. Jones and Airdrie Stud Inc., Agent, the dark bay colt is a half to SW/GSP Believe In Royalty (Tapit) out of a dam who took the Oaks in 2012. Catalogued as Hip 258, he is Believe You Can’s third foal, following the aforementioned Believe in Royalty, a $900,000 buy at this sale in 2016, and Birdy Num (Tapit), who went for $1 million here two Septembers ago.

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TCA Awards $475K in Grants

Tue, 2019-09-10 13:30

Thoroughbred Charities of America has awarded grants totaling nearly $475,000 to 64 approved organizations that provide Thoroughbred aftercare and incentive programs, equine-assisted therapies, and health and human services for backstretch and farm workers, the TCA announced Tuesday. Grant recipients from the last three years can be found on www.tca.org.

One of TCA’s grants is to the Retired Racehorse Project in support of the seventh annual Thoroughbred Makeover held at the Kentucky Horse Park, Oct. 2-5. Additionally, in March, TCA expended $17,500 from its Horses First Fund to aid a herd of neglected Thoroughbreds. The Horses First Fund was established by LNJ Foxwoods in 2016 and assists Thoroughbreds and their caretakers in need of emergency aid due to large scale neglect, natural disaster, or other catastrophe.

“We are extremely grateful to our donors for their support because they make our grants to approved organizations possible,” said Erin Crady, executive director of TCA. “Our 2019 grantees work tirelessly on behalf of Thoroughbreds and the backstretch and farm workers that care for them. We are proud to support their efforts.”

Grants are provided to organizations that successfully meet the criteria set forth in TCA’s annual grant application. Grant applications for the 2020 grant cycle will be available in early January.

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Marylou Whitney Honored With NYTHA EquiStar Award

Tue, 2019-09-10 13:18

The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association has honored Marylou Whitney with the 2019 NYTHA EquiStar Award. The EquiStar Award was created by the NYTHA in 2016 to recognize an individual or organization that, through compassion, hard work and generosity, have enriched the New York Thoroughbred industry.

The contributions made by Marylou and her husband, John Hendrickson, include supporting organizations as diverse as the Markey Cancer Center, Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital and Headley-Whitney Museum in Lexington, Ky; and the National Museum of Dance and Hall of Fame, Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Centennial Park, Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation and Saratoga Hospital in Saratoga Springs, NY. In 2008, the couple unveiled the Backstretch Appreciation program. Each year for the past 12 years, the program has sponsored Sunday dinners and daily events that range from English as a Second Language courses to basketball, bingo, bowling and soccer. Marylou was often there to play host.

“For Marylou, it was not just about giving, it was about sharing,” NYTHA President Joe Appelbaum said. “She understood how much the workers love the sport and the horses, and it created a bond with the backstretch that is rare. She truly embodied the spirit of the EquiStar Award.”

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Opinions on the Cap: Tanya Gunther

Tue, 2019-09-10 12:34

Editor’s Note: The Jockey Club has asked for public comment on their proposal to cap at 140 the number of mares a stallion can breed annually. In this ongoing series, we will publish the perspectives of breeders, stallion farms and others on the proposal.

Tanya Gunther, Glennwood Farm
I think we have bigger problems to worry about than capping mares to a stallion. I think our current PR issues, the public perception of horse racing and the survival of horse racing as an industry is more important. I’d like the industry to be focusing on that and trying to solve these issues rather than shifting focus to something secondary such as capping the number of mares in a stallion’s book.

In terms of capping the number of mares, I’d rather that supply and demand determine stud fees and number of mares in a book rather than us instituting an artificial ceiling. I believe the value of a colt as a stallion prospect will be negatively impacted by a ceiling. It’s important to the market for that potential value to be there and the number of mares to a stallion is part of that value calculation.

I think each stallion farm can decide to cap the number of mares to a stallion if they wish to do so (and it does happen at some stallion farms) and that the number of mares in a book should be at the stallion owner’s discretion as he/she tries to formulate the best plan to help the stallion make it as a sire. We sometimes breed to popular stallions and would like the freedom to breed to the stallions that we want in order to pursue our mating plans rather than potentially be shut out.

We try to focus on breeding the best racehorse that we can and if we can’t get a mare into a stallion because of a cap, that would detract from what we are trying to achieve. We occasionally reach upward for a young mare that we have a lot of faith in (i.e. breed to a higher priced stallion than what the pedigree or race record may be perceived as justified), and a cap could negatively impact our ability to do that. As breeders, we know that a popular stallion at certain stud farms might get 200 mares, so we can decide to breed elsewhere if we are concerned about the commercial aspect. But, equally, if we want to breed to that stallion because we think it’s a good mating, we would like to be able to do that. I really think it all comes down to supply and demand, and that market forces should be allowed to work.

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Union Rags Half to Point of Honor Hammers to Godolphin for $1M Early on KEESEP Day 2

Tue, 2019-09-10 12:28

A bay filly by Union Rags who is a half-sister to GSW/GISP Point of Honor (Curlin) got the action started early on day two of Book 1 at Keeneland September Tuesday, hammering for an even $1 million to Godolphin. Hip 199, consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, Agent for Siena Farm LLC, is also a half to SW Velvet Mood (Lonhro {Aus}), while her dam is a half to GSWs Mr Freeze (To Honor and Serve) and Dilemma (Grand Slam).

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Momentum Builds at Keeneland September Opener

Mon, 2019-09-09 19:10

by Jessica Martini, Brian DiDonato and Christie DeBernardis

LEXINGTON, KY – The Keeneland September Yearling Sale may have started out slowly, but momentum built throughout Monday’s first session of the 13-day auction and the day ended with seven million-dollar transactions. Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin operation made the day’s biggest purchases, going to $2.5 million to acquire a Tapit half-brother to GI Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist (Uncle Mo) from Hinkle Farms and later spending $2.15 million for a Stonestreet-bred colt by Medaglia d’Oro from the Denali Stud consignment.

During Monday’s session, 107 yearlings sold for $46,231,000 for an average of $432,065 and a median of $325,000. With 44 horses reported not sold, the buy-back rate was 29.14%.

While last year’s select Book 1 session of the September sale was four days, Keeneland has shortened Book 1 to just three sessions this year, making direct comparisons inexact. However, last term’s first session saw 138 yearlings gross $48,620,000. The session average was $352,319 and the median was $260,000. The buy-back rate was 34.91%.

“It was incredible,” Keeneland’s Vice President of Racing and Sales Bob Elliston said of Monday’s results.

Godolphin was last year’s leading buyer at September and appeared ready to defend that title Monday. In addition to their pair of $2-million purchases, the operation purchased a second Medaglia d’Oro colt for $600,000. Sheikh Hamdan’s Shadwell Estate Company was the session’s next leading buyer with five yearlings purchased for a total of $3,060,000.

“Obviously, Sheikh Mohammed carried a bunch of the water today,” Elliston said. “What a tremendous supporter he is of Keeneland and we couldn’t be more proud of that. Sheikh Hamdan [of Shadwell], as well, was up there; the Japanese got in there and bought; Larry Best had a good day–he got a few nice ones. I saw a lot of domestic bidders who were in there punching away, way late in those extended rounds but who didn’t get it done. That gives me enthusiasm [going forward] because we’ve got two more days of Book 1.”

The Hinkle family’s Hinkle Farms sold a pair of seven-figure yearlings Monday in Lexington. In addition to the session topper, the farm sold a colt by Curlin for $1.05 million.

“I’d be remiss if I didn’t stop and say something about the Hinkles,” Elliston said. “What a day they had–two millionaires. What a tremendous family. Tom, Henry and Anne Archer are loyal Keeneland customers and we couldn’t be more proud of them.”

Monday’s leading consignor was Gainesway, which sold 11 yearlings for a total of $5,425,000 and, in addition to the $2.5-million session topper, the farm’s marquee stallion Tapit also was represented by the session’s third-highest priced yearling, a $1.5-million full-brother to champion Unique Bella.

“We continue to live in Tapit’s world, and he’s having another terrific year,” said Gainesway’s Michael Hernon. “He continues to produce many graded stakes winners from a limited number of mares. He breeds roughly just 115 mares a year, and they’re obviously very high-quality mares, handpicked.”

Also with a pair of seven-figure sales Monday was Medaglia d’Oro, who led the session with seven sold for $6,225,000, and the late Pioneerof the Nile, who had seven sell for $4.2 million.

Book 1 sessions continue through Wednesday with bidding beginning daily at noon.

“I’ve heard it said that this might have been the lightest of the three sessions, which I’m struggling to believe with seven millionaires,” Elliston said. “If that’s the case, and with what we’ve seen in terms of active trade today, we’re still up for some pretty solid returns I think.”

Godolphin Gets Another Nyquist Sib

Sheikh Mohammed stands champion Nyquist (Uncle Mo) under his Darley banner, and he acquired a second yearling half-sibling to the 2016 GI Kentucky Derby winner for $2.5 million Monday in Lexington. The session-topping Tapit colt was consigned to the sale by his breeder, Hinkle Farms, as hip 75 (click for ring footage).

Team Godolphin paid $1.75 million for the War Front filly out of dam Seeking Gabrielle (Forestry) here 12 months ago. She was subsequently named Maria Rosa and sent to Great Britain.

“He’s a half-brother to Nyquist, and the Hinkles do a great job breeding and raising their horses,” said Godolphin representative Anthony Stroud. “We bought the half-sister here last year by War Front and she’s going very well. So, he was a very nice horse and Sheikh Mohammed liked him very, very much. He was one of our picks of the day–Sheikh Mohammed’s pick of the day–and that was it, really; fantastic pedigree, good physical and he’ll be an exciting prospect.”

Stroud said no decisions on where the Tapit colt would be sent had been made yet.

“[Sheikh Mohammed] makes all the decisions,” he said. “I think he wants to see how the week goes and how it pans out and then we’ll go from there. He’s completely instrumental in the selection of the horses, and it’s great that he’s here. We’ve been very impressed with the Nyquist yearlings as well. We’ve been going around and looking at them.”

Hinkle Farms paid $100,000 for minor winner Seeking Gabrielle–a daughter of GSW Seeking Regina (Seeking the Gold) from a very productive family–at the 2013 Keeneland November sale. Seeking Gabrielle’s first foal, Nyquist, had sold for $230,000 at Keeneland September and would bring $400,000 at Fasig-Tipton Florida before reeling off a perfect five-for-five juvenile campaign that culminated in the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.

The Blame filly Seeking Gabrielle was carrying when the Hinkles bought her went for $330,000 at KEESEP ’15; and a Flatter colt of 2016 cost $460,000 here in 2017.

“It’s the culmination of about two years of work, and it all happens in about 30 seconds, so right before it happens we all maybe want to throw up or something because we get so nervous,” said Anne Archer Hinkle. “But, we’re really happy, and we have a wonderful team at the farm and this is a testament to their hard work. I’m so thrilled for my dad [Tom Hinkle]. He’s been doing this for so long. We’re happy.”

Seeking Gabrielle produced a full-brother to Nyquist Apr. 20 and was bred back to Quality Road for 2020. —@BDiDonatoTDN

Banner Day for Hinkle Farms

Hinkle Farms enjoyed a banner day at Keeneland Monday, selling a pair of seven-figure yearlings, including the $2.5 million session topper, Hip 75. A few hours later, they hit another home run when a colt by Curlin (hip 162) summoned $1.05 million from Shadwell.

“We are thrilled with the result and excited he is going to be in great hands,” said Henry Hinkle. “He is a really nice colt and developed nicely. He never made any mistakes and was a clean, straight-forward kind of colt with a great walk. He is one of those dream colts that doesn’t come around that often. We are obviously very thrilled.”

The Hinkles bought hip 162’s dam Transportation (Giant’s Causeway) for $370,000 with this colt in utero at the 2017 Keeneland November Sale. Out of MSW & GSP Alternate (Seattle Slew), Transportation is a half-sister to MGSW sire Alternation (Distorted Humor), who sired this year’s GI

Kentucky Oaks victress Serengeti Empress; GI TVG Pacific Classic hero Higher Power (Medaglia d’Oro) and MSW Interrupted (Broken Vow), who was purchased by Jane Lyon’s Summer Wind Farm for $575,000 in foal to Distorted Humot at last term’s Keeneland November Sale.

“It was totally unexpected,” Hinkle said of the family’s homerun. “We were very lucky that we bought her in foal to Curlin, who is a great sire, but how would anybody know he was going to be the leading sire at Saratoga this year. He is having a great year at stud and they are in high demand. It looks like he is going to be a sire of sires too, so the colts are in great demand. We are just extremely fortunate to be able to buy the mare and she had such a nice foal. I hope he does great for the Shadwell folks. I know he will have every opportunity and be in great hands.”

Those were Hinkle Farms’ only two offerings Monday. When asked how he felt after such a banner day for his family’s operation, Hinkle said, “Hopefully, it validates that we are doing the right things raising our horses. When preparing for the sale, we just do hand walking and a lot of it. I think it pays off. It means a lot. You have to keep reinvesting in this business to stay current. We will be able to come back in November to reinvest in some more nice mares for our broodmare band.”

Hip 162 was the most expensive of five yearlings purchased by Shadwell Monday. Sheikh Hamdan’s operation also bought hip 76, an $800,000 Curlin filly; hip 52, a $575,000 Speightstown colt; hip 117, a $325,000 Kitten’s Joy colt; and hip 147, a $310,000 Lope de Vega (Ire) filly. Shadwell spent a total of $3.06 million Monday with an average of $612,000.

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Big Day for Bandoroffs

The Bandoroff family’s Denali Stud enjoyed a banner day at Keeneland September Monday, selling a $2.15-million colt by Medaglia d’Oro (hip 138) (ring footage) and a Curlin colt (hip 68) and filly (hip 76) for $800,000 each.

Hip 138 was offered on behalf of Barbara Banke’s Stonestreet and purchased by Godolphin, which also purchased the session-topping Curlin colt.

“He’s by Medaglia d’Oro, who stands at [Darley] Jonabell, Sheikh Mohammed really liked him and he’s a very smooth-going horse,” said agent Anthony Stroud after signing the ticket.

Hip 138 is the first foal out of GI Santa Margarita S. heroine andTDN Rising StarTara’s Tango (Unbridled’s Song). A half-sister to GISW Visionaire (Grand Slam), GSW/MGSIP Scarlet Strike (Smart Strike) and GSW Madison’s Luna (Tapit), Tara’s Tango is a half to hip 68, who was also bred by Stonestreet.

“It’s always nice to get off to that sort of start,” said Conrad Bandoroff. “We knew coming into the day that we had three very nice horses with the right pedigrees. Over the past few days we’ve had great showing activity at the barns. Keeneland has done a really good job promoting the sale and all the right people are here–a lot of international entities–there’s been good energy around the grounds. I haven’t looked at the results, but I know at least from our perspective, it’s correlated.”

Bandoroff continued, “The first two horses brought $800,000, and then obviously you knew on 138 that he was popular and had all the right people [interested], but you never let your expectations get that high. He was an incredible physical. Stonestreet raises as good a horse as anybody in the business, and he’s really a testament to the evolution of their program: a homebred, who was a Grade I winner from one of their best mares. The Curlin colt we sold earlier in the day was from the same family. It really is a feather in the cap for the Stonestreet Bred & Raised program and we were just very fortunate that we got to represent them and their whole team. Give them all the credit.”

While hip 76 wasn’t bred by Banke’s operation, she was sired by Stonestreet superstar Curlin out of a Tapit half-sister to champion Honor Code purchased by Bridlewood Farm for $3 million at the 2014 Keeneland November sale.

Of hip 138, Bandoroff said, “He was just all class. For a first foal, he was just a tremendously balanced horse. Every time he would come out, he was a wow horse. He acted like a true professional for every show–his first show was the same as his last show. When horses do that, and they’re bred the way that they are, they make our jobs easier.”

Denali also sold $1.5-million and $1-million colts by Curlin at Fasig-Tipton Saratoga–the latter was Stonestreet-bred.

“We’re very blessed to get to represent the people that we do,” Bandoroff said. “It’s extremely gratifying for our team and my father [Craig] and I. How lucky am I to work alongside my dad? To have days like this, we’ll remember it for the rest of our lives.” —@BDiDonatoTDN

Curlin Continues to Be in Demand at KEESEP

After a banner Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale, where he was represented by three seven-figure colts, Curlin continued to put on a strong showing at Keeneland September with an $800,000 colt from a strong family selling early in the opening session. Bloodstock agent Mike Ryan, who purchased Curlin’s champion son Good Magic for $1 million at this auction in 2016, signed the ticket on behalf of that MGISW’ part-owner e Five Racing. Like Good Magic, hip 68 was bred Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings and was consigned by Denali Stud, who also consigned one of the sale-topping Curlin colts at Saratoga, as well as a $1- million Curlin filly bred by Stonestreet.

“He was bought based on the Curlins of Saratoga, who were really nice horses and some of them brought $1.5 million,” said Ryan. “To be honest, I ranked him superior to those horses. Sometimes you can’t explain it, but he, to me, is one of the top five colts in the sale. He has it all. He is by a great sire, has a superb physical and the mare is a great producer.”

He continued, “I thought this was a serious horse, an unbelievable horse. He is coming from Stonestreet and they do an unbelievable job. Their success is phenomenal. It gives you great confidence. They do it right and they know how to raise them. [Barbara Banke] has a great broodmare band.”

Stonestreet purchased Hip 68’s dam, SP Scarlet Tango (French Deputy) for $850,000 carrying a full-sibling to her Grade I-winning son Visionaire (Grand Slam) at the 2008 Keeneland November Sale. Her second foal for them was GSW & MGISP Scarlet Strike (Smart Strike) and she was followed by Grade I winner and ‘TDN Rising Star’ Tara’s Tango (Unbridled’s Song), who carried Banke’s gold and burgundy colors. The mare is also responsible for last year’s GIII Hutcheson S. victor Madison’s Luna (Tapit). @CDeBernardisTDN

Stonestreet on Both Sides of the Ledger

Shortly before creating fireworks as sellers, Barbara Banke’s Stonestreet Stables made one of Monday’s biggest purchases, going to $950,000 to secure a filly by Medaglia d’Oro (hip 114).

“She had beautiful balance, she was a very sturdy-looking Medaglia d’Oro filly. You know I like those,” Banke, who campaigned champion Rachel Alexandra (Medaglia d’Oro), said.

The yearling was bred by Doug and Felicia Branham and was consigned by Eaton Sales. She is out of stakes winner Stoweshoe (Flatter), who is a full-sister to Grade I winner Taris and a half to multiple graded placed Theatre Star (War Front).

Stonestreet purchased Stoweshoe’s dam Comedy (Theatrical {Ire}), in foal to Tapit, for $1.5 million at the 2015 Keeneland November sale. That Tapit colt sold for $900,000 at the 2017 Keeneland September sale.

“She’s got great breeding–we own the mare Comedy and we’ve had some excellent babies from her,” Banke continued.

Mike Recio purchased Stoweshoe for $330,000 at the 2016 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky February sale. Her first foal, a colt by Curlin also bred by the Branhams, sold for $1.3 million at last year’s Keeneland September sale. @JessMartiniTDN

Pletcher Getting New Money Honey Full Bro

Trainer Todd Pletcher was left signing the $1.5-million ticket on hip 185 Monday for a powerful ownership trio of Mike Repole’s Repole Stables, Vinnie Viola and Coolmore’s M.V. Magnier. The full-brother to MGISW turfer New Money Honey was offered by Lane’s End on behalf of Summer Wind Equine.

“He’s a beautiful horse, well bred–everything you look for in one,” said Pletcher. “I’ll talk to all the guys and come up with a plan, but he’ll go to Ocala eventually and I hope he turns out to be as good as he looks.”

Already named Golden Whim, hip 185 is out of an unraced full-sister to Any Given Saturday (Distorted Humor), who took the 2007 GI Haskell Invitational S. under Pletcher’s tutelage.

“He made a very positive first impression–he’s a very attractive colt, athletic mover and had the pedigree to support him,” Pletcher said. “I think he should be able to do anything–dirt, turf–he should certainly be able to get the [distance], so he’s a Classic-type horse hopefully.” —@BDiDonatoTDN

Summer Wind Continues to Blow in the Right Direction

Jane Lyon’s Summer Wind Farm has enjoyed great success on the racetrack and in the sales ring over the past couple of years, producing runners such as champion Game Winner (Candy Ride {{Arg}), MGISW McKinzie (Street Sense) and Grade I winner Chasing Yesterday (Tapit). They had a banner sales season last term and look poised to have an even better one this year with two colts reaching seven figures already. A Tapit son of Feathered summoned $1 million from West Point Thoroughbreds at last month’s Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Sale and their luck continued at Keeneland Monday with a Medaglia d’Oro colt (Hip 185) bringing $1.5 million from the powerhouse trio of Coolmore’s M.V. Magnier, Vinnie Viola and Mike Repole.

“It is starting off right,” Lyon said with a bright smile in reference to her strong start to the sales season. “We felt like this colt was worth at least $1 million, so for him to get $1.5 million is very good. We are very happy.”

Lyon went to $1.4 million to acquire Hip 185’s unraced dam Weekend Whim (Distorted Humor) carrying this colt at the 2017 Keeneland November Sale. This was on the heels off a stellar two seasons for his full-sister New Money Honey, who won the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf and GIII Miss Grillo S. in 2016 and captured the GIII Wonder Again S. and GI Belmont Oaks Invitational S. in 2017. Unfortunately, Weekend Whim passed away not long after delivering this colt, making this sale a bit bittersweet for Lyon.

“Even at this [price], I wish it had been a filly and I was keeping it,” Lyon said. “I hope he goes on and keeps her name up there and remembered.”

Lyon also offered an update on ‘TDN Rising Star’ Chasing Yesterday, who has officially been retired from racing. A half-sister to Triple Crown hero American Pharoah (Pioneerof the Nile), the 3-year-old chestnut filly provided Lyon with one of her greatest highs in racing, her first Grade I as an owner, when winning the GI Starlet S. last term. Named in honor of Lyon’s late husband Frank, Chasing Yesterday won five of her seven career starts, with four of those being stakes victories, for earnings of $488,650. She will join her mother Littleprincessemma (Yankee Gentleman) as part of her owner/breeder’s illustrious broodmare band. Lyon has not picked out a stallion for Chasing Yesterday yet, but said it would be a proven sire.

“I decided she did not owe me anything,” said Lyon, who has Chasing Yesterday at her Georgetown farm since the filly entrapped her epiglottis when running third in the GI Santa Anita Oaks Apr. 6. “When she came home because she had entrapped her epiglottis, I debated sending her back, but she had not been a horse for almost two years because she had been in training all that time. I just thought what could she do to make her value that much more. It wasn’t worth it to me to put her back in training. She is loving just being a horse. She is with her best friend Shadow Play (Galileo {Ire}) [a half-sister to GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf winner Hootenanny (Quality Road)] in her paddock and she is growing and filling out. She is just as happy as she can be and that makes me happy just to look at her.” @CDeBernardisTDN

Japan-Bound Tapit Colt Could be Back

A colt by Tapit, a full-brother to champion Unique Bella, will be heading to Japan, but connections are already hoping for a return trip for the yearling. Bloodstock agent Hiroyasu Takeuchi made the winning $1.5-million bid to secure the gray colt (hip 172) on behalf of new owner Yuji Hasegawa.

“The plan is to take him back to Japan and hopefully take him on the Japanese road to the Kentucky Derby and bring him back over here as a Derby horse,” Takeuchi said through interpreter Kate Hunter.

The Japanese-based Master Fencer (Jpn) (Just a Way {Jpn}) earned a spot in this year’s GI Kentucky Derby when he finished second in the Fukuryu S. He was a solid sixth in the Run for the Roses and added a fifth-place effort in the GI Belmont S. five weeks later.

The seven-figure yearling will be trained by Kazuo Fujisawa and it might be a milestone pairing for the 67-year-old conditioner.

“He is one of the best trainers in Japan and he will get him,” confirmed Takeuchi. “In Japan, trainers have to retire at the age of 70. They have no choice, they have to retire. So this will be the last crop of horses becoming 3-year-olds that he will be able to train. He thinks that it would be great to go to the Kentucky Derby with this horse.”

Hasegawa is a soybean farmer in Japan and the Tapit colt was his second purchase. He bought a foal by King Kamehameha (Jpn) out of multiple graded stakes winner May Day Rose (Rockport Harbor) for ¥76 million (about $699,200) at this year’s JRHA Select Sale.

The gray colt is out of GI Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic winner Unrivaled Belle (Unbridled’s Song). His full-sister Unique Bella, purchased by Don Alberto Corp for $400,000 at the 2015 Keeneland September sale, was a three-time Grade I winner and was named champion female spinter in 2017 and champion older dirt female in 2018.

“I’ve seen both the dam and the sibling’s races,” Takeuchi said. “That’s one of the things that drew me to the horse. The female family is very, very strong, that really impressed me. Tapit and Unrivaled Belle make a wonderful pairing.”

Of the colt’s final price tag, Takeuchi added, “I figured the horse would go for about $2 million, but we were prepared to spend what we needed to get him.”

The yearling was consigned by Timber Town on behalf of breeder Mandy Pope’s Whisper Hill Farm. Pope purchased Unrivaled Belle, in foal to Tapit, for $3.8 million at the 2016 Keeneland November sale. The foal the mare was carrying is the unraced Unrivaled Princess, who was working at Churchill Downs over the summer. With no foal this year, Unrivaled Belle was bred back to Tapit. @JessMartiniTDN

McElroy Strikes for Pioneerof the Nile Colt

During a 15-minute fury of bidding, in which three horses in a row brought seven figures, a $1.05 million son of Pioneerof the Nile was last of the trio, but certainly not least. Hip 174 was purchased by Ben McElroy on behalf of Qatar Racing and will be trained by Simon Callaghan, who was seated alongside McElroy as he signed the ticket.

“To be honest with you, I just thought he was one of the better colts today,” McElroy said. “That was reflected by the price. I was actually underbidder on his dam [Uptown Twirl (Twirling Candy)] as a yearling. I’ve always followed the dam. She was pretty talented and ended up being a half-sister to Classic Empire. This colt was bred on the same cross as a champion 2-year-old and was just a great physical.”

A $110,000 KEESEP yearling turned $630,000 OBSMAR juvenile, Uptown Twirl was a two-time stakes winner in California for John Sadler and Hronis Racing. She summoned $1.075 million at the 2016 Keeneland November Sale, just days after her half-brother Classic Empire (Pioneerof the Nile) concluded a championship season with a victory in the GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, which was his second top-level score that term following a win in the GI Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity S. He went on to win the GI Arkansas Derby the following year and finish a very close second in the GI Preakness S. before retiring to Coolmore’s Ashford Stud.

Taylor Made Sales Agency consigned Hip 174 for Three Chimneys. The Taylor brothers’ operation represented 17 yearlings Monday for a gross of $5.385 million and an average of $316,765. @CDeBernardisTDN

The Best Mischief

Larry Best admitted he came into the Keeneland September sale specifically targeting offspring of Into Mischief and he came away with a pair of yearlings by the Spendthrift stallion Monday in Lexington. Best purchased a colt out of Canadian champion Sealy Hill (Point Given) for $950,000. The bay, bred by Bonne Chance Farm and consigned by Gainesway, is a half-brother to Best’s recent GI Del Mar Oaks winner Cambier Parc (Medaglia d’Oro) (hip 71). Earlier in Monday’s first session of the September sale, Best paid $750,000 to acquire an Into Mischief colt (hip 28) out of graded placed Poof Too (Distorted Humor) from the Taylor Made Sales Agency consignment.

“You probably realize I’m collecting Into Mischiefs,” Best said with a smile after signing the ticket on hip 71. “I probably have more than I need, but I like every one I have. I have a filly and I have colts. I have [2018 GII Best Pal S. winner] Instagrand and [MGISP] Rowayton the performances have been stunning, even though I would like a few more graded stakes from them and I hope that those graded stakes are in the future. The heart of Into Mischief is hard to replicate in any other sire and I see it throughout every horse that I buy. So in this new crop, I wanted to have some representation from Into Mischief. And we now have two good buys, I think.”

Best purchased Cambier Parc for $1.25 million at the 2017 Keeneland September sale. Trained by Chad Brown, the filly was a two-time Grade III winner this year before finishing third in the GI Belmont Oaks Invitational and shipping west to win the Del Mar Oaks.

“This one, there was some emotion,” Best said of the purchase of his Grade I winner’s half-brother. “Sealy Hill I bet on with Medaglia d’Oro and we got two Grade IIIs and a Grade I. She is training very well and she’s very durable. So if you could combine Sealy Hill with Into Mischief, you just hope that that’s a good combination. It’s mostly hope and prayers, but we’ll see how it rolls.”

Best purchased Instagrand for $1.2 million at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream sale and the speedy colt was tabbed a ‘TDN Rising Star’ following a 10-length debut win at Los Alamitos last June. He added the GII Best Pal S. in his second start and was third in both this year’s GIII Gotham S. and GI Santa Anita Derby, but cut back to a mile while finishing eighth in the May 4 GIII Pat Day Mile in his most recent start.

“Both hip 28 and hip 71 have a little more scope to them than say an Instagrand, so I am hoping that they have two-turn potential,” Best said.

Later in Monday’s session, Best paid $575,000 for a filly by American Pharoah (hip 182) fron the Upson Downs Farm consignment.

Hip 71 represents the third crop of foals from Gilberto Sayao Da Silva’s Bonne Chance Farm, which purchased the 300-acre property that had previously been Nat Rea’s Regis Farm in 2015. Also in 2015, Gilberto Sayao purchased Sealy Hill, in foal to Medaglia d’Oro, for $750,000 from the Regis dispersal at the Keeneland November sale. The foal the mare was carrying, Cambier Parc, became the first Bonne Chance-bred yearling sold at auction when Best made his seven-figure bid at the 2017 September sale.

“We always loved him,” Bonne Chance general manager Alberto Figueiredo said of the mare’s latest September offering. “We are very fortunate to have Sealy at the farm. She has thrown some outstanding horses and this one was no exception. And we are very glad that he is going to Mr. Larry Best.”

Sealy Hill’s 2017 filly by Medaglia d’Oro sold to Mandy Pope’s Whisper Hill Farm for $425,000 at last year’s Keeneland September sale.

“She is not currently in foal unfortunately, but she’ll probably be bred back next year,” Figueiredo said of the 15-year-old mare.

Of Bonne Chance’s early results at the September sale, Figueiredo said, “This is our third crop. We are excited so far, no complaints. And we have four more to sell this week.”

Antony Beck’s Gainesway consigned Cambier Parc, as well as Monday’s Into Mischief colt, to the September sale on behalf of Bonne Chance.

“We are thrilled,” Gainesway’s Brian Graves said of the result. “We are grateful to Mr. Best for buying this nice horse. He’s by a sire who can do no wrong out of a mare who has done a lot of right. He was a lovely horse, a really nice physical and a lot of sharp people here were on him. We’re grateful to Bonne Chance for letting us sell him as well.”

Less than midway through Monday’s first session of the 13-day sale, Graves looked down to check his sheet, which featured a perfect sale rate, when asked his early impressions of the September market.

“We are six for six, so I’m finding the market to be pretty steady,” Graves said with a smile. @JessMartiniTDN

Coolmore, Brant Show Confidence in ‘Egypt’

Coolmore’s M.V. Magnier and White Birch Farm’s Peter Brant struck late in Monday’s opening KEESEP session for a $1-million Pioneerof the Nile colt (hip 173) from the Lane’s End draft.

The Apr. 1 foal is a half toTDN Rising StarMonarch of Egypt (American Pharoah), who was acquired by the same connections for $750,000 here 12 months ago.

Turned over to Aidan O’Brien, Monarch of Egypt took his Naas debut Apr. 13 and finished second in both the June 29 G2 Railway S. and Aug. 9 G1 Keeneland Phoenix S. at the Curragh.

“He’s a very nice horse,” Magnier said of hip 173. “Monarch of Egypt is going to run in the [G1 Juddmonte] Middle Park [S. at Newmarket Sept. 28] hopefully and Aidan has a very high opinion of him.”

Jan Vandebos and Bob Naify’s Ran Jan Racing paid a sale-topping $2.2 million for hip 172’s MGSW/G1SP dam Up (Ire) (Galileo {Ire})–a Coolmore colorbearer–in foal to War Front at the 2015 Keeneland January sale. Up is a half to Group 1 winner Dutch Art (GB) (Medicean {GB}). —@BDiDonatoTDN

Bargain Buy Pays Off Again for Haymarket

For the second straight year, Haymarket Farm principal Chip Montgomery and farm manager Kelly Jackson were celebrating at Keeneland September after a yearling out of Queen’s Wood (Tiznow) sold to China Horse Club and WinStar Farm’s Maverick Racing. This year’s youngster was a colt by red-hot Into Mischief consigned by Vinery Sales as hip 41. He brought $560,000.

“Don’t get me wrong, it’s a lot of money, but I’m not sure it’s newsworthy at this sale,” Montgomery said. When reminded that he paid only $47,000 for the mare, he replied with a smile, “Oh yeah, we did do that.”

Haymarket purchased unraced dam Queen’s Wood in foal to Quality Road at the 2017 Keeneland November sale just weeks before her son True Timber (Mineshaft) finished second in the GI Cigar Mile H.

On the back of added momentum from the year Quality Road had in 2018, Haymarket sold the resulting colt at November last year for $250,000. Now named Motown Music, he had been working regularly at Saratoga until mid-July.

“We bought the mare a few years ago at Keeneland November and got a beautiful Quality Road that [China Horse Club and WinStar] bought already,” said Jackson. “Brian Lyle at Spendthrift told us that if we sent her to Into Mischief we’d do well and, 18 months later, he was right.”

Jackson said he was expecting that kind of money after the run Into Mischief has had both on the track and in the sales ring. Queen’s Wood was bred to another Spendthrift stalwart for 2020 in Malibu Moon.

Montgomery owns and operates Montgomery Chevrolet in Louisville. Haymarket Farm, which is also in the Louisville area, is a 180-acre property and houses approximately 25-30 mares.

Haymarket bred 2018 GIII Fantasy S. winner Sassy Sienna (Midshipman), who competed in last year’s GI Kentucky Oaks and was co-owned by China Horse Club before Maverick purchased her for $775,000 at Keeneland November. —@BDiDonatoTDN

Another Justify Sibling RNAs at KEESEP

At last year’s Keeneland September Sale, just three months after Justify (Scat Daddy)’s historic Triple Crown sweep, his breeders John and Tanya Gunther of Glenwood Farm offered his half-brother by Will Take Charge and he was led from the ring unsold at $1.75 million. It was a bit of deja vu at this year’s September sale with his yearling half-brother by Pioneerof the Nile RNA’d for $950,000 (Hip 106).

“I just felt like if he didn’t sell around that price, I’d be just as happy to race him,” said John Gunther, adding that the bay RNA’d at just “a tick” under his reserve. “I think a lot of people are comparing him to Justify with Justify being a much larger individual as a yearling. This colt is by Pioneerof the Nile and quite often he throws a fairly big horse. This horse is athletic, has a great mind and has a lot of class about him. I think him being on the smaller side turned a lot of the big buyers away. But to me, he has a tremendous walk and a great mind. I am more than happy to race him.”

Stage Magic (Ghostzapper)’s now 2-year-old Will Take Charge colt is named One More City and is currently going through his pre-training. His breeders are taking their time with the hulking chestnut, who shares his famous brother’s large frame.

“He was a big colt,” said Gunther. “He looked a lot like Justify. We have been taking our time with him. He has been at a training center, but he just had a growth spurt, do I don’t think we will see a start from him until early in his 3-year-old year.”

Justify’s year-older half-sister Holiday Music (Harlan’s Holiday) was claimed off the track last year and privately purchased by Jane Lyon’s Summer Wind Farm. She produced her first foal, a Pioneerof the Nile filly, this spring. The two-time Eclipse winner’s year-younger half-sister, Egyptian Storm (Pioneerof the Nile), was retired earlier this year after failing to place in her lone start and is currently in foal to Quality Road. Stage Magic lost the foal she was carrying by Quality Road this spring and was bred back to Curlin. @CDeBernardisTDN

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Medaglia d’Oro Colt Closes KEESEP Opening Day on a High Note

Mon, 2019-09-09 17:16

A partnership consisting of Coolmore’s M.V. Magnier, Mike Repole and St Elias Stable’s Vinnie Viola was extended to $1.5 million to acquire hip 185, a full-brother to MGISW New Money Honey (Medaglia d’Oro), consigned by Lane’s End on behalf of the colt’s breeder Summer Wind Farm. Trainer Todd Pletcher signed the winning ticket The Apr. 15 foal is a daughter of the unraced Weekend Whim (Distorted Humor), a full-sister to GISW Any Given Saturday, who is also the dam of MSP Coconut Shrimp (Giant’s Causeway). Hip 185’s second dam, Weekend In Indy (A.P. Indy), was also the dam of GSW Bohemian Lady (Carson City), who was responsible for the ill-fated Almoonqith (Dynaformer), a Group 3 winner in Dubai and in Australia. Summer Wind Farm acquired Weekend Whim for $1.4 million carrying this foal in utero at Keeneland November in 2017. In addition to New Money Honey, the cross of Medaglia d’Oro over Distorted Humor mares has resulted in ‘TDN Rising Star’ and MGISW Elate as well as GSWs Lady Montdore, Funny Proposition and Mrs McDougal.

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Pioneerof the Nile Colt Hammers at $1.05 Million

Mon, 2019-09-09 16:48

Lot 174, a Pioneerof the Nile son of MSW Uptown Twirl (Twirling Candy), was knocked down for $1.05 million to agent Ben McElroy acting on behalf of Qatar Racing during a flurry of expensive lots during the first session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. His dam is a half-sister to champion juvenile male and GI Breeders’ Cup Juvenile hero Classic Empire (Pioneerof the Nile), as well as MSW Anytime Magic (Fusaichi Pegasus). Qatar Racing has enjoyed great success with sales graduates from Keeneland, with the late Cartier Horse of the Year and quadruple Group 1 winner Roaring Lion (Kitten’s Joy) a $160,000 purchase back in 2016. Bred by Three Chimneys Farm, LLC in Kentucky, the dark bay was consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, Agent CXCII.

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A Cool Million for a Son of Pioneerof the Nile

Mon, 2019-09-09 16:45

Hip 173, a colt by Pioneerof the Nile realized a $1-million final bid from M.V. Magnier and White Birch Farm during Monday’s Book 1 session of the Keeneland September Yearling sale. Bred by Ran Jan Racing, the April 1 foal is out of multiple-group winning Up (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), a half-sister to Group 1 scorer Dutch Art (Medicean).

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Curlin Colt Another Home Run Horse for Hinkle

Mon, 2019-09-09 16:20

About three hours after selling the Tapit half-brother to GI Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist (Uncle Mo) for a session-leading $2.5 million, Hinkle Farms was back at it with another seven-figure transaction when Sheikh Hamdan’s Shadwell Estate Company Ltd. went to $1.05 million for hip 162, a son of Curlin–Transportation, by Giant’s Causeway. The April foal, acquired for $370,000 in utero at the 2017 Keeneland November sale, is out of a winning daughter of MSW & MGSP Alternate (Seattle Slew), the dam of MGSW Alternation (Distorted Humor)–sire of reigning GI Kentucky Oaks winner Serengeti Empress–as well as SW & GSP Interrupted (Broken Vow) and recent GI TVG Pacific Classic hero and Keeneland April HORA Sale graduate Higher Power (Medaglia d’Oro). The colt’s third dam includes former Pin Oak star and Canadian Horse of the Year Peaks and Valleys (Mt. Livermore).

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Medaglia d’oro Colt Brings $2.15M at KEESEP

Mon, 2019-09-09 15:38

Hip 138, a colt by Medagla d’Oro realized a $2.15 million final bid from Godolphin Monday at the Keeneland September sale. Consigned by Denali Stud on behalf of his breeder Stonestreet Thoroughbreds, the Jan. 18 foal is the first foal out of Grade I Santa Margarita S. winner Tara’s Tango (Unbridled’s Song).

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