Keeneland officials have confirmed that the sale of the share in Upstart, sold to Mike Freeny for $450,000 at the April Horses of Racing Age Sale on April 29, has been approved by the syndicate.
“Everyone involved with the Upstart share was delighted with the result of the sale on Friday,” Keeneland Vice President of Sales Tony Lacy said. “We are happy to confirm that the contracts were fully executed promptly last Saturday and all parties are very satisfied. The successful sale of this share was made possible by the efforts of many, most notably Bret Jones at Airdrie and Mike Freeny, and Keeneland was pleased to have the opportunity to present this unique offering at the April Sale.”
Upstart is the sire of Zandon, the morning-line favorite for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby (G1) Presented by Woodford Reserve, and Kathleen O., a leading contender in Friday’s Kentucky Oaks (G1), in his second crop. Upstart stands at Brereton C. Jones’ Airdrie Stud in Midway, Kentucky.