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Mare in Foal to Tapit Brings $1.025 Million During Keeneland January Sale

January 9, 2017

LEXINGTON, KY (Jan. 9, 2017) – Siren Serenade, in foal to 2016 leading sire Tapit, sold to Don Alberto Corporation for $1.025 million during Monday’s opening session of the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale. 

Hill 'n' Dale Sales Agency, agent, consigned Siren Serenade, an 11-year-old daughter of Unbridled's Song who is a half-sister to Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) winner George Vancouver and Remsen (G2) winner Saarland. She is out of multiple Grade 1 winner Versailles Treaty, by Danzig.

Reiley McDonald signed the ticket for Siren Serenade, dam of 2015 Santa Anita Oaks (G1) runner-up Luminance, by Tale of the Cat.

“She is a big strong mare; it’s a lovely family," McDonald said. "I bought her for Don Alberto Corporation, and they already own part of the family. Don Alberto is playing at the highest end of the game, so she was just the perfect mare for them. She’s a very nice mare, a graded stakes producer in foal to the very best sire in the country.”

Delightful Joy, a Grade 3-winning daughter of Tapit cataloged as a broodmare prospect, sold for $700,000 to Oussama Aboughazale's International Equities Holding. Denali Stud, agent, consigned the 5-year-old daughter of the Graeme Hall mare Graeme Six. Delightful Joy is a half-sister to Grade 3 winner Cali Star.

“She is a just a really nice filly, great range, great scope," Frances Relihan, who signed the ticket for Delightful Joy, said. "She was a good race filly and she is from a really strong family."

Relihan said Aboughazale, who races as Sumaya Stables, recently purchased a farm in Bourbon County, Ky., that will be called Sumaya Stables. She said Delightful Joy might be bred to War Front.

"We are looking at a broad range of mares (at the January Sale)," Relihan said. "Mr. Aboughazale has his young stallion Protonico, so we have been looking at some young mares for him. (Protonico will) start breeding mares next month for the first time so we are just trying to give him a little bit of a base and give him a little kickstart in the market. Sumaya Stables has traditionally raced in the past, but we will see what kind of stock we are getting and hopefully we can have commercial and racing interest.”

“She is really pretty and pretty means a lot," Craig Bandoroff of Denali said. "She had the physical so I wasn’t surprised. When they look the part, they bring the upper end of what you hope. She is from a good family that sells well and she is by Tapit. A pretty Tapit that can run is a good combination.”

Taylor Made Sales Agency, consigned Grosse Pointe Anne, a half-sister to Uncle Mo in foal to Pioneerof the Nile who sold to Alistar Roden Bloodstock for $460,000. The 10-year-old Grosse Pointe Anne is out of the Arch mare Playa Maya. She is the dam of stakes-placed winner Indian Annie.

Divalarious, a 9-year-old daughter of Distorted Humor in foal to 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, sold to White Birch Farm for $380,000. Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, consigned Divalarious, a half-sister to Group 1 winners Ali-Royal and Sleepytime (IRE) and Group 2 winner Taipan. Her dam, Alidiva (IRE), was the 1997 Broodmare of the Year in Ireland and Italy. 

Shadai Corporation of Japan paid $210,000 for Grade 2 winner Thegirlinthatsong, in foal to Honor Code. Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, consigned the mare, a 6-year-old daughter of My Golden Song. She is from the family of Horse of the Year Alysheba, Grade 2 winner Alysbelle and Grade 3 winners Michikaneninhombare and Fiftyshadesofgold.

Baoma Corp. paid $190,000 for Sweet Opportunity, a 5-year-old stakes-placed daughter of Distorted Humor cataloged as a racing or broodmare prospect. Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, consigned Sweet Opportunity, a daughter of the A.P. Indy mare Sugar Canyon, a full sister to Grade 2 winner Adriano.

Grade 3 winner Sheza Smoke Show, in foal to Liam's Map, sold for $190,000 to Not This Time/A. F. S. Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, consigned Sheza Smoke Show, a 6-year-old daughter of Wilko out of Avery Hall, by A. P Jet.

Steve Castagnola signed the ticket for Sheza Smoke Show on behalf of Albaugh Family Stable and partners with the intent to breed the mare to Grade 3 winner Not This Time. Albaugh bred and raced Not This Time, a half-brother to Grade 1 winner Liam's Map.

“Loved the fact that she could run, loved her physically" Castagnola said about Sheza Smoke Show. "She’s a mare that really matched up well genetically to Not This Time and certainly fit what we were looking for. Obviously, we are fans of Liam’s Map; we bred Liam’s Map and sold him as a yearling, so that also was a big draw for us as he is a horse close to our heart."

At $185,000, the session's top-priced yearling is a daughter of Into Mischief sold to Machmer Hall. Consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, he is out of the Trippi mare Anna Sun and from the family of Argentine Horse of the Year Second Reality and stakes winners Dark Thunder and Wild Mia.

A newly turned yearling colt by Street Sense who is a half-brother to European highweight Certify and Grade 1 winner Cry and Catch Me sold to Bloodstock Investments IV for $165,000. Hurstland Farm, agent, consigned the colt, out of the stakes-winning Doc's Leader mare Please Sign In. He is a full brother to Bijou, the $1.45 million sale-topper at the 2013 January Sale.

Katie Taylor of Taylor Made Farm signed the ticket for the colt on behalf of Bloodstock Investments IV, a Taylor Made program that intends to resell him later this year.

“He has a great walk, he was really well balanced and we like Street Sense a lot," Taylor said. "He met all our criteria; he is real correct and has a good mind about him. He was actually the horse we wanted the most today, so I am really pleased that we got him." 

De Meric Stables, agent, paid $140,000 for a yearling son of Uncle Mo out of the Consolidator mare Natchez Trace. Farfellow Farms consigned the colt, the session's second-highest-priced yearling.

Tristan de Meric described his purchase as a "beautiful horse, balanced. Obviously, we love the sire. We love the cross because it produced (champion and 2016 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands-G1 winner) Nyquist. We are very happy to have the horse. We hope he turns out well.

Asked whether the colt might be consigned to a future sale, de Meric said, "Our client is open to suggestions, so we will see how the colt develops. If there is an upside to a 2-year-old sale we might do that or he might end up in a yearling sale or he could possibly race. Time will tell.”