Frigid Temps Don’t Dampen Enthusiasm at January Sale

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Single-digit temperature readings throughout the afternoon haven’t cooled the energy on opening day of Keeneland’s 2014 January Horses of All Ages Sale.

Life Happened, dam of 2013 graded stakes winners Vyjack and Tepin, and carrying a foal from the last crop of Harlan’s Holiday, sold for $750,000 to Solis/Litt near the start of the session.

Jason Litt signed the ticked for the 13-year-old mare by Stravinsky out of Round It Off on behalf of LNJ Foxwoods. Life Happened (Hip 36) was consigned by Select Sales, agent.

“She seemed like a logical choice with pretty good runners,” Litt said. “Beautiful mare in foal to the last of Harlan’s Holiday, so it’s pretty exciting. This kind of mare can hopefully give you a classic-style horse. (The client is) looking to build something long term and we thought this was definitely the type of mare you (begin with).”

Moments earlier, Grade 1 stakes winner and millionaire Unbridled Belle (Hip 25) sold for $400,000 to Haruya Yoshida of Oiwake Farm. Consigned by Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent, the 11-year-old mare by Broken Vow out of stakes winner Little Bold Belle is in foal to Bernardini.

“She had a fantastic (race) record,” Taro Iseki, speaking on behalf of Yoshida, said. “We have a lot of sons of Sunday Silence as stallions in Japan, like Deep Impact. They are quite good to breed with big mares. We will take her back to Japan and breed her to a son of Sunday Silence.”

Glen Hill Farm’s Craig Bernick paid $425,000 for stakes winner Louvakhova (Hip 251), in foal to Arch. Louvakhova, a 6-year-old mare by Maria’s Mon out of Grade 3 stakes winner Louvain (IRE), is a half-sister to French champion Flotilla (FR), winner of the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) and 2013 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches (G1). She was consigned by Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent.

“She’s a really good mare, and her sister’s a really important horse,” Bernick said. “I like the mating with Arch. Our farm seems to do well on turf and that’s what we continue to do. She’s the horse we liked here and it made a lot of sense to buy her. “

A colt by Kitten’s Joy is the top-priced yearling so far on Monday, selling for $235,000 to Philip Blake. Consigned by Castle Park Farm, agent, the colt is a half-brother to stakes winner Ha Ha Tonka.

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