Ragtime Hope (Hip 835), dam of 2013 Xpressbet Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) winner Secret Circle, sold for $675,000 to get Friday’s session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale off to a strong start.
Barbara Banke’s Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings emerged as the winning bidder for the 11-year-old mare, who was sold in foal to Arch. Ragtime Hope is by Dixieland Band out of the winning Smarten mare Good ‘n Smart, and is a half-sister to Dogwood (G3) winner Really Polish. She was consigned by Indian Creek, agent for Longfield.
“She’s a nice mare,” John Moynihan, bloodstock advisor for Stonestreet, said. “She’s going to be the dam of a champion, so she’s a nice addition to our broodmare band. I thought (the price) was fair. She’s still got some useful years ahead of her.”
Secret Circle emerged as the leading candidate for champion male sprinter following his win in the Nov. 2 Breeders’ Cup Sprint. The colt has seven career wins, including the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint, and 2012 Rebel Stakes (G2) and Southwest Stakes (G3).
Shortly after purchasing Ragtime Hope, Stonestreet bid $460,000 for Revel in the Win (Hip 844), a 7-year-old Red Bullet mare carrying a full brother to 2013 Bourbon Stakes (G3) winner Poker Player. Out of stakes winner Icy Warning, by Caveat, Revel in the Win is a half-sister to stakes winners Snow Cone and Devotion Unbridled. She was consigned by Mr. and Mrs. Jody Huckabay’s Elm Tree Farm, agent.