Stellar Wind To Coolmore For $6 Million, Cathryn Sophia To Bridlewood

Keeneland concluded the first session of its November Breeding Stock Sale Tuesday with relatively steady figures. Gross receipts of $42,304,000 were down 16 percent from last year, but the number of head sold was also down 17 percent. Average price of $440,667 increased 1 percent and the median rose 15 percent to $300,000.

The RNA for the first session improved from last year, dropping from 33 percent to 26 percent.

Hip 153, The much-anticipated Stellar Wind (Curlin x Evening Star, by Malibu Moon) topped the sale, bringing $6,000,000 from M.V. Magnier for Coolmore. Lane’s End consigned the John Sadler trainee, who won $2.2 million on track, including six Grade 1 stakes.

Magnier said he expects Stellar Wind will visit American Pharoah in 2018.

“We came out here early before the Breeders’ Cup and we went around looking at a lot of the American Pharoah foals. They’ve really impressed us and we feel the sales last night and today, the reaction to them is quite amazing,” said Magnier.

“To see her go is a little sad, but she’s going on to her next career so we’re happy she’s going with the world’s best connections,” said trainer John Sadler, who was on hand for the sale. “We had her for three years and we loved her, and she was so great for us. We’re going to miss her a lot but we’re happy to get such a great result and have her to go such good people.”

Sadler said he visited the mare before her sale to give her a few peppermints, which are her favorite treats. A bag of mints will accompany her to her new home.

Keeneland officials were pleased with the early results.

“I think the opening session went extremely well. The top price was obviously well-deserved,” said Geoffrey Russell, Keeneland Director of Sales Operations. “It was good to see a good variation of buyers at the top. There was strong Japanese participation. The foals sold very well, to some end users and some pinhookers.”

Although all of the eight seven-figure prices were for mares rather than weanlings, Tuesday’s sale seemed to continue the strong demand for in American Pharoah weanlings evident at Monday’s Fasig-Tipton November sale.

Of the 11 Pharoah weanlings catalogued for Tuesday, seven were outs, two sold for $500,000 and $400,000, and the remaining two failed to surpass reserve at $250,000 and $100,000.

The most expensive weanling of the session was a Tapit filly out of My Conquestadory, who brought $775,000.

Russell said he thought interest in weanlings overall was more driven by a good pinhooking market than any one sire’s power.

“The weanling market is very strong. It’s like everything, if they jump through the hoops, they sell very well,” Russell said. “I think the weanling to yearling pinhookers did very well last year, so they came back here in force again. I think end users have decided this is a good place to buy horses, so there’s added competition between those two forces.”

The session got off to a fast start with Hip No. 1, Weekend Whim, an 11-year-old chestnut mare by Distorted Humor x Weekend in Indy (A.P. Indy), i/f to Medaglia d’Oro. The mare, who is carrying a full-sibling to G1 winner New Money Honey, was purchased by Summer Wind Farm for $1,400,000. She was consigned by Taylor Made Sales.

A short time later 2016 Kentucky Oaks winner, Cathryn Sophia (Hip 30), brought $2,300,000 from Bridlewood Farm. Cathryn Sophia (Street Boss x Sheave, by Mineshaft) is carrying her first foal by Pioneerof the Nile. Bedouin Bloodstock consigned Cathryn Sophia.

Hip 56 – Bedouin Bloodstock’s Her Emmynency (Successful Appeal x Chic Dancer, by Joyeux Danseur), i/f Pioneerof the Nile. $1,500,000 to Shadai Farm.

Hip 84Life Well Lived (Tiznow x Well Dressed, by Notebook), dam of G1 winner American Patriot from the Taylor Made consignment raised $1,250,000 to James Delahooke. Life Well Lived sold in foal to American Pharoah.

Hip 114Oscar Party (Dixie Union x Dream Lady, by Old Trieste), half sister to Room Service and in foal to Tapit, $1,900,000 to Reynolds Bell for Alpha Delta. Consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency.


Hip 158, Street Fancy (Street Sense x Bold Angel, by Cat Thief) brought $1,500,000 from Bridlewood Farm. The Grade 1 winner consigned by Taylor Made sold in foal to Medaglia d’Oro.

Hip 163Tammy the Torpedo (More Than Ready x Search and Seizure, by War Chant) sold for $1,650,000 to Dr. Masatake Iida of Chiyoda Farm in Japan. Claiborne consigned the mare from the family of Criminologist, who sold in foal to War Front.

Book 1 concludes Wednesday with a session beginning at 11 a.m.

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