Spendthrift Farm Buys Breeders’ Cup Distaff Winner Monomoy Girl For $9.5 Million; Will Keep Her In Training

An unforgettable weekend for Monomoy Girl hit another crescendo on Sunday at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale, when she sold to Spendthrift Farm for $9.5 million, just over 24 hours after winning her second Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Keeneland. Per the NTRA’s Alicia Hughes, the mare will remain in training for the 2021 season with Brad Cox.

The 5-year-old daughter of Tapizar’s hammer price made her the most expensive horse to sell at the prestigious Fasig-Tipton November sale since 2017 when champion Songbird went to Mandy Pope’s Whisper Hill Farm for the same price.

Monomoy Girl has gone undefeated in four starts this year, coming off an 18-month layoff to win a Churchill Downs optional claiming race, the G2 Ruffian Stakes, and the G1 La Troienne Stakes.

Her last race prior to her layoff came in the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Churchill Downs – a victory that capped off an Eclipse Award-winning season as champion 3-year-old female. That season also featured wins in the G1 Kentucky Oaks, Ashland Stakes, Acorn Stakes, and Coaching Club American Oaks, as well as the G2 Rachel Alexandra Stakes.

In total, Monomoy Girl has won 13 of 15 starts – never finishing worse than second – for earnings of $4,426,818.

Offered as Hip 192, Monomoy Girl was consigned by Elite Sales, as agent for owners Michael Dubb, Monomoy Stables, The Elkstone Group, and Bethlehem Stables.

Bred in Kentucky by Frankfort Park Farm and Highfield Ranch, Monomoy Girl is out of the winning Henny Hughes mare Drumette, whose runners also include the Grade 2 winner Mr. Monomoy. Champion Heavenly Cause and prominent sire Two Punch are in her extended family.

Coolmore Lands Top Turf Mare Rushing Fall For $5.5 Million

Rushing Fall (More Than Ready) wins the Jenny Wiley (G1) at Keeneland on 4.13.2019. Javier Castellano up, Chad Brown trainer, e Five Racing owner.

It’s rare that an edition of the Fasig-Tipton November sale goes by without the Coolmore partnership making a seven-figure splash, and they found their mare in multiple Grade 1 winner Rushing Fall, which it secured for $5.5 million.

The 5-year-old More Than Ready mare, offered as Hip 205, ran second in yesterday’s Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf, growing her lifetime earnings to $2,893,000 for owner e Five Racing.

Trained by Chad Brown, Rushing Fall won 15 of 11 starts, including the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Del Mar. Her other wins included the G1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Stakes, Diana Stakes, Just a Game Stakes, and two editions of the Jenny Wiley Stakes, along with the G2 Appalachian Stakes and Lake Placid Stakes, and the G3 Jessamine Stakes and Beaugay Stakes.

Bred in Kentucky by Fred W. Hertrich III and John D. Fielding, Rushing Fall is out of the placed Forestry mare Autumnal, whose five foals to race are all winners, also including Grade 3-placed stakes winner Milam and stakes-placed Autumn Song. Grade 1 winner Albert the Great is in her extended family.

Indian Creek consigned Rushing Fall, as agent.

Allen Buys Out Partners For Midnight Bisou For $5 Million

Midnight Bisou, one of the top female competitors of the past half-decade, hammered for $5 million dollars on Sunday to raise the bar for the highest price of the Fasig-Tipton November Sale.

She was secured by Chuck Allen of Allen Racing; a transaction that saw him buy out partners Bloom Racing Stable and Madaket Racing Stables.

The fall of the hammer put the bookend on the Midnight Lute mare’s racing career, which was formally ended in late September when she sustained a sesamoid fracture in her right front fetlock. Midnight Bisou retired with 13 wins in 22 starts for earnings of $7,471,520, marking a stark contrast from her first time in the auction ring, when she was a $19,000 RNA as a yearling.

Trained by Steve Asmussen, Midnight Bisou was at or near the top of her division for each of the past three seasons, never finishing worse than third in any of her career starts. As a 3-year-old, she won the G1 Santa Anita Oaks and Cotillion Stakes, the G2 Mother Goose Stakes and Santa Ynez Stakes, and the G3 Santa Ysabel Stakes. She also finished third in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff and Kentucky Oaks.

She won seven of her eight starts at age four, knocking down the Apple Blossom Handicap, Ogden Phipps Stakes, and Personal Ensign Stakes, the G2 Beldame Stakes and Azeri Stakes, and the G3 Houston Ladies Classic Stakes and Molly Pitcher Stakes. She finished second in that year’s Breeders’ Cup Distaff, and she secured the Eclipse Award as champion older female of 2019.

Her final season saw her begin in Saudi Arabia, where she finished second behind Maximum Security in the Saudi Cup. However, she could be promoted to first in the world’s richest race, pending the Jockey Club of Saudi Arabia’s ruling based on evidence from the U.S. federal investigation of his former trainer Jason Servis.

Midnight Bisou came back to the U.S. to finish her career with a win in the G2 Fleur de Lis Stakes and a second in the G1 Personal Ensign Stakes. Steve Asmussen trained the star mare.

Offered as Hip 185, Midnight Bisou was consigned for Elite, agent.

Bred in Kentucky by Woodford Thoroughbreds, Midnight Bisou is out of the Grade 3-winning Repent mare Diva Delite, whose two winners from four runners also includes stakes-placed Stage Left. Diva Delite brought $1.2 million pregnant to Justify at last year’s Fasig-Tipton November Sale.

Peter Brant’s White Birch Farm Buys Uni For $4.1 Million

Uni wins her second G1 First Lady

In one of the most natural marriages of this year’s Fasig-Tipton November sale, turf star Uni was purchased for $4.1 million by the White Birch Farm of Peter Brant, one of the nation’s top turf owners who frequently runs horses internationally.

Uni, a 6-year-old British-bred More Than Ready mare, finished fifth in yesterday’s Breeders’ Cup Mile at Keeneland, a race that she won last year to help her secure the Eclipse Award as champion turf female.

Trained by Chad Brown for Michael Dubb, Head of Plains Partners, Robert LaPenta, and Bethlehem Stables, Uni won 11 of 22 starts and earned $2,650,880.

The mare started her racing career in Europe, where she won the Prix Matchem in France. She was brought stateside after that win, where she instantly became a graded stakes-level competitor, taking the G2 Sands Point Stakes in her first American campaign. The following year, she used wins in the non-graded Plenty of Grace Stakes and De La Rose Stakes to build into victories in the G3 Nobel Damsel Stakes and Matriarch Stakes.

In her Eclipse-winning season last year, Uni won the G1 First Lady Stakes, then beat male competition in the Breeders’ Cup Mile. She also finished third against male competition in the G1 Fourstardave Handicap. In 2020, she added another G1 First Lady Stakes to her mantle.

Uni was bred by Haras D’Etreham, out of the unplaced Dansili mare Unaided, who is the dam of three winners from four runners. Grade 1 winner and prominent sire Invincible Spirit is in her extended family.

Elite Sales consigned Uni, cataloged as Hip 228, as agent.

She’s A Julie Goes To Spendthrift Farm For $3 Million

She’s a Julie and jockey Ricardo Santana Jr.

A high-level spending spree continued for Spendthrift Farm when it went to $3 million to secure multiple Grade 1 winner She’s a Julie.

The 5-year-old Elusive Quality mare was retired in October, ending a career that saw her win seven of 21 starts for earnings of $1,196,380.

She’s a Julie was trained by Steve Asmussen for owners Bradley Thoroughbreds, Tim and Anna Cambron, Denali Stud, Rigney Racing, and Madaket Stables. The mare got her first taste of graded stakes success in the G3 Iowa Oaks, and she added the G3 Remington Park Oaks later that season.

At four, She’s a Julie won the G1 La Troienne Stakes and G3 Bayakoa Stakes. This year, she added a victory in the G1 Ogden Phipps Stakes.

Bred in Kentucky by Godolphin, She’s a Julie is out of the winning Dubai Millennium mare Kydd Gloves, who is the dam of five winners from six foals to race. Kydd Gloves is herself out of Grade 3 winner Parade Queen, making her a half-sister to the Grade 3 winner Untouched Talent, who is the dam of Grade 1 winner Bodemeister and Grade 1-placed Fascinating.

Offered as Hip 208, She’s a Julie was consigned by Denali Stud, agent.

Spendthrift Farm Buys Got Stormy For $2.75 Million; Will Keep Her In Training

Jockey Tyler Gaffalione, aboard Got Stormy at Del Mar

The first serious purchase of the Fasig-Tipton November sale came when Spendthrift Farm spent $2.75 million for multiple Grade 1 winner Got Stormy, who will remain in training following the purchase.

The 5-year-old daughter of Get Stormy, offered as Hip 168, won 10 of 26 starts during her on-track career, earning $2,021,378 for owner Gary Barber and trainer Mark Casse.

A determined turf runner, Got Stormy bested male competition in the G1 Fourstardave Handicap, and she finished second against the boys in the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Mile and G1 Woodbine Mile. Against fillies, Got Stormy won the G1 Matriarch Stakes, the G3 Kentucky Downs Lady Sprint Stakes, Franklin County Stakes, and Ontario Colleen Stakes, and the listed De La Rose Stakes, Penn Oaks and Wild Applause Stakes.

Her most recent start came a day before she went through the ring, facing male competition one more time to finish fifth in the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint.

Bred in Kentucky by Mt. Joy Stables, Pope McLean, Marc McLean and Pope McLean Jr., Got Stormy is out of the winning Malabar Gold mare Super Phoebe, and she is a half-sister to stakes-placed Sky Gold.

There are strong broodmares in Got Stormy’s family, including Justwhistledixie, who has produced Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner New Year’s Day, Grade 2 winner Mohaymen, and Grade 3 winners Kingly and Enforceable. Got Stormy’s second dam, Air France, had Grade 2 winners Smooth Air and Overdriven.

Bluewater Sales consigned Got Stormy, as agent.

City Of Light Weanlings Clear The Path

City of Light wins the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile under Javier Castellano

The first major commercial test for North America’s first-crop weanling sires is the Fasig-Tipton November sale, and City of Light has come out fast from the gate, responsible for two of the evening’s top three-priced weanlings.

Larry Best’s OXO Equine went to $600,000 to secure Hip 129, a City of Light colt who is the first foal out of the winning Into Mischief mare Breaking Beauty.

Bred in Kentucky by Camas Park Stud, the bay colt’s second dam is the German Oaks winner Que Belle, whose runners include Grade/Group 3 winners Osidy and Quetsche. Looking further down the page, one will find European champion Bakharoff, among other international graded and group stakes winners.

Hunter Valley Farm consigned the colt, as agent.

The weanling-to-yearling pinhook contingent showed up at the top of market on Sunday as well, with the Brian Graves-led Blue Sky Stables landing a first-crop City of Light colt for $380,000.

The gray or roan colt, offered as Hip 82, is out of the unplaced Unbridled’s Song mare Stormy Rhapsody, whose runners include the stakes-placed Arkaan. He was bred in Kentucky by Fred W. Hertrich III and John D. Fielding, and his extended family includes French Horse of the Year Allez France, Grade 1 winner Al Mamoon, La Gueriere, and Icon Project, as well as Grade 2 winners Master Command and Lasting Approval.

Taylor Made Sales Agency consigned the colt, as agent for Hertrich’s Watercress Farm.

City of Light, by Quality Road, stands at Lane’s End in Versailles, Ky. He has a busy couple weeks ahead of him at the fall mixed sales, with five weanlings cataloged in the Fasig-Tipton November sale and 15 in the book at Keeneland.

The first weanlings by Triple Crown winner Justify were expected to make an impact during their debut mixed sale season this fall, and those high-level returns have already started to roll in on Sunday at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale, led by a $400,000 filly.

Offered as Hip 30, the filly sold to Breeze Easy, and she is out of the placed Sky Mesa mare Lastofthsummerwine, whose five foals to race includes four winners, all of them black type earners. She is a half-sister to Grade 2 winner Conquest Panthera, Grade 3 winner Happy Like a Fool, stakes winner Hawaiian Noises, and Grade 2-placed Maniacal.

Bred in Kentucky by Magnolia Bloodstock and Lynch Bages LTD, the filly hails from the family of Grade 1 winners Nine Keys, French Colonial and Silver Voice, Grade 2 winner Clef d’Argent.

Four Star Sales consigned the filly, as agent.

Justify, a son of Scat Daddy who stands at Ashford Stud in Versailles, Ky., will also have an busy November sale season ahead of him. He had nine foals cataloged to the Fasig-Tipton November sale to lead all first-crop sires, and he has 16 entered in the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale, 11 of which are in the select Book 1.

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