LEXINGTON, KY (Jan. 9, 2018) – Grade 3 winner Mrs McDougal, the final horse in the ring for Tuesday’s second session of Keeneland’s January Horses of All Ages Sale, became the day’s highest-priced offering when she sold to Steven W. Young, agent, for $1.6 million.
Eaton Sales, agent, consigned Mrs McDougal, a 5-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro out of the stakes-winning Distorted Humor mare Distorted Passion.
Coolmore’s M.V. Magnier paid $1 million for a yearling colt by Triple Crown winner American Pharoah who is a half-brother to Coolmore’s Group 1 winner Caravaggio. The amount is the third-highest recorded for a yearling colt in January Sale history.
“American Pharoah doesn’t need any explaining and Aidan O’Brien always believed Caravaggio to be the best sprinter he ever trained, so when our team considered this colt the best individual in the sale it was an easy decision for us to make,” Magnier, who is attending sales in Australia, said in a statement issued after the purchase. “We’re incredibly lucky to have two great partners in Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith who are fully committed to finding the next Caravaggio. We’ll leave it until later in the year before we discuss where this colt will be trained.”
Paramount Sales, agent, consigned the colt, whose dam is the Holy Bull mare Mekko Hokte. He also is a half-brother to Grade 2 winner My Jen.
“He deserved that price,” Paramount’s Pat Costello said. “He’s a beautiful horse and Caravaggio was such an incredible racehorse. This horse is so athletic and he moves so beautifully. Every top buyer on the grounds seemed to be on him and he had a ton of (pre-purchase examination) vet work done on him. All the top people in the business were interested.”
Andre Lynch, agent, paid $450,000 for graded stakes-placed winner Banree, a half-sister to Grade 3 winner Gloryzapper cataloged as a broodmare prospect. Eaton Sales, agent consigned the 5-year-old daughter of Macho Uno out of Grand Glory, by Distorted Humor.
“We were hoping to get her a lot cheaper, but she’s one of the nicer mares here so we knew we’d have to spend,” Lynch said. “Physically, we thought she was just one of the best mares here. Great hind end, great walk to her, great disposition.”
Selling for $425,000 was stakes producer Spring Eclipse, in foal to Gemologist. Green Leaf Farm purchased the 9-year-old daughter of Unbridled’s Song, dam of stakes winner Bet She Wins, from the consignment of Shawhan Place, agent.
Spring Eclipse is out of the Metfield mare Coragil and is a half-sister to Grade 2 winner Softly and Grade 3 winner Coragil Cat.
“We bought her for American Pharoah,” Tim Hyde Sr., who signed the ticket, said. “She is a lovely mare. We like the mare, we like the page and we are going to breed her to American Pharoah. I did not expect to pay that much but at the same time I am glad to have her.”
A yearling son of War Front from the family of European highweight Air Force Blue sold to Baccari Bloodstock for $390,000. Eaton Sales, agent, consigned the colt, whose dam is the Empire Maker mare Circle the Empire.
Popp Bloodstock paid $300,000 for a yearling filly by Mineshaft out of multiple graded stakes winner Summer Applause, by Harlan’s Holiday. Lane’s End, agent, consigned the filly.
“Beautiful pedigree,” Gabriel Duignan, who signed the ticket, said about the filly. “Her half-sister (3-year-old Ipanema Beach) looks quite good. Very nice, nice pedigree.”
“She’s an absolute gorgeous filly, and from the day she was born was straightforward,” said Peter Berglar of breeder Stonereath Stud. “The expectations weren’t that high – that was a bit of a surprise – but we’re delighted she made that. I wish the new owners the best. We still have the half-sister, the 3-year-old (Ipanema Beach), and still the mare (Summer Applause) as well.”
The January Sale runs through Thursday.