LEXINGTON, KY (Sept. 18, 2017) – Kentucky Oaks (G1) winner Cathryn Sophia and Her Emmynency, winner of the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) at Keeneland, have been consigned by Bedouin Bloodstock to Keeneland’s 2017 November Breeding Stock Sale, which begins Nov. 7. Both mares are carrying their first foals, both by leading sire Pioneerof the Nile.
Millionaire Cathryn Sophia confirmed her brilliance with a dominating win in the 2016 Kentucky Oaks to establish herself as one of the best female dirt runners of her generation.
“We dare to dream what this mating can produce,” Tom Ryan of SF Bloodstock said. “Physically Pioneerof the Nile and Cathryn Sophia are made for each other. Cathryn Sophia possessed genuine brilliance. She carried her speed all the way to win the Oaks with authority.”
A daughter of Street Boss, Cathryn Sophia exploded onto the racing scene as a 2-year-old, winning her first two races by a combined 29 lengths. In her third start, she successfully graduated to graded stakes company, scoring an easy win in the Forward Gal (G2) at Gulfstream. The filly followed that race with a flawless, seven-length victory in the Davona Dale (G2), also at Gulfstream. She retired with six wins in nine career races and earnings of $1,229,720.
Her Emmynency amassed more than a half-million dollars with victories on both dirt and turf, earning a hard-fought win over top turf fillies and mares in the 2015 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup. She also made an immediate impact on the racing scene, winning three of her first four races and finishing second by a neck in the Del Mar Debutante (G1) in only her second start. By Successful Appeal, she is out of Grade 3 winner Chic Dancer.
“We loved her determination. She pinned her ears and refused to let Miss Temple City past (in the QE II),” Ryan said. “She is a Grade 1 winner on the turf and Grade 1-placed as a 2-year-old on the dirt. She is a beautiful, versatile mare for an exceptional sire in Pioneerof the Nile.”
“Keeneland is excited to showcase these two very special mares, both in foal to a top stallion, in November,” Keeneland Vice President of Racing and Sales Bob Elliston said. “Cathryn Sophia is a filly classic winner and Her Emmynency is a Grade 1 winner here at Keeneland. Both are highly prized offerings sure to attract attention from buyers around the world.”
Keeneland’s November Sale, the most important auction of its kind in the world, runs Nov. 7-18.