Grade 1 stakes winner Pure Clan, sold in foal to leading sire Bernardini, brought a final bid of $4.5 million from Brazilian Goncalo Torrealba of Stud TNT near the mid-point of Wednesday’s session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.
Torrealba said the mare will go to Robert Clay’s Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Kentucky.
“I like her physical a lot; the way that she won on both turf and dirt,” Torrealba said. “We are looking for good mares, and we just loved her.”
Consigned by Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent, Pure Clan is a seven-year-old mare by Pure Prize out of the graded stakes-winning mare Gather the Clan (IRE), by General Assembly. She recorded eight wins, including the Flower Bowl Invitational (G1), American Oaks Invitational (G1), Golden Rod (G2), Pocahontas (G3) and Regret (G3), and career earnings of more than $1.9 million.
“She was an elite mare that all the major buyers wanted,” said Hill ‘n’ Dale’s John Sikura. “She was a fantastic mare to look at; very athletic; great presence and class. She has a lot of charisma. Nobody could look at her and forget her.”