Young Mares in Demand on Wednesday at Keeneland January Sale

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Young fillies and mares highlight the early activity during Wednesday’s session of Keeneland’s January Horses of All Ages Sale.

Fleetwood Bloodstock’s Tim McCurry, on behalf of Northwest Farms’ Jerre Paxton, went to $310,000 for Lady Kierkegaard (Hip 1008), a 5-year-old mare by Arch out of the winning Mr. Prospector mare Realm. Lady Kierkegaard is half-sister to Haint, winner of the Miller Genuine Draft Cradle Stakes, and graded stakes-placed Play With Fire. Lady Kierkegaard was consigned by Winter Quarter Farm, agent.

“She’s very pretty for an Arch (mare),” McMurry said. “She’s very smooth. Some of them can be a little coarse, but she’s not. She’s correct. She’s a great physical. Jerre (Paxton) would tell you it’s a beauty contest and she’s pretty.”

Earlier in the session, Adena Springs went to $170,000 to purchase Evil Kitten (Hip 929), a 5-year-old mare by leading sire Kitten’s Joy, whose progeny surpassed $11.3 million in earnings in 2013. Out of the winning Southern Halo mare Santo Mio, Evil Kitten is half-sister to Panamanian stakes winner Lucky Halo. She was consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.

“The pedigree was very pleasing,” said Adena Springs General Manager Eric Hamelback. “The physical was, in our opinion, extremely good. She’ll be in the broodmare band and we’ll see what happens. We feel very happy we got her.”

Wellington Partners paid $170,000 for the 3-year-old filly Fonepferesh (IRE). Consigned by Craig and Holly Bandoroff’s Denali Stud, Fonepferesh is a daughter of Holy Roman Emperor and out of Vee Gita, a half-sister to 2009 Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) winner Vale of York (IRE).

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