Stonestreet Farm, Medaglia d’Oro Dominate Keeneland September’s Fourth Session

Stonestreet Farm knows how to get the most out of a Medaglia d’Oro offspring, as evidenced by 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra. That union carried into Friday’s session of the Keeneland September yearling sale, where the operation sold a pair of seven-figure lots by the resident of Darley America.

Phoenix Thoroughbreds struck on a $2.1-million colt by Medaglia d’Oro, Hip 899, the session-topper thus far and the auction’s third-highest overall price.

The dark bay or brown colt is out of the Grade 3-placed stakes-winning Montbrook mare Exotic Bloom, making him a half-brother to Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner Stopchargingmaria. Irish Group 2 winner Van Beethoven is in the extended family.

“It’s a tough game, we do our work and the ultimate answer and compliment comes at stage in who you’re competing against and how much you’re willing to stretch,” said Tom Ludt, head of U.S. operations for Phoenix Thoroughbreds. “I know David Ingordo was the underbidder, I know Donato [Lanni] was on him, I know Chad Brown was on him. Those are great people to compete against, and you ultimately make a decision. [Phoenix CEO Amer Abdulaziz Salman] really wanted him, and I know Bob Baffert loved him, and obviously he gets a lot of our good horses.”

Taylor Made Sales Agency consigned the colt as agent for Stonestreet’s “Bred and Raised” program.

Earlier in the day, the Godolphin operation went to $1.6 million for a Medaglia d’Oro colt out of champion Dayatthespa, Hip 823. Godolphin’s number of seven-figure purchases at this year’s Keeneland September sale currently sits at seven.

The bay colt is the second foal out of Dayatthespa, following a Curlin colt who is training toward his first start at Belmont Park. Dayatthespa, the champion turf female of 2014, was purchased by Stonestreet Farm as a broodmare prospect for $2.1 million at the that year’s Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall Selected Mixed Sale.

“He’s very much the horse we wanted today,” said John Gosden who signed the ticket on behalf of the Godolphin operation. “He stuck at $900,000, and they made a speech [from the auctioneer’s stand]. We thought he had him at $900,000, but he was the one horse we wanted all day, so we were really keen to get him.”

Gosden said he expected the colt to join Godolphin’s European string.

Gainesway consigned the colt as agent for Stonestreet.

Stonestreet also bred and sold Hip 915, a Speightstown colt out of Grade 2 winner Fiftyshadesofhay who went to the partnership of China Horse Club and WinStar Farm CEO Elliott Walden’s Maverick Racing for $750,000.

“Those were three of the best colts we’ve raised all year long,” said Stonestreet bloodstock adviser John Moynihan. “They just happened to all fall on this day, but we loved those horses, all of them. You’re fortunate to get those good physicals that also have those good mares, it all just sort of added up for us this year – the physicals also met the pedigrees.”

Products of the Stonestreet program are cataloged at auction with “Stonestreet Bred & Raised” in the property line at the top of the page following the consignor. Listing an owner in the property line is only mildly uncommon at Thoroughbred auctions, but Stonestreet has used the designator as a marketing tool to brand its product across a variety of different consignors.

“With us, we’re extremely proud of what we do,” Moynihan said. “We put a lot of thought process into every aspect of this. Barbara is all about best practices, and she gives us the resources to do it the best way possible that we can do it.

“Regarding the Stonestreet brand, we raise them the right way,” he continued. “These horses are outside, they’re raised tough, and we’re extremely proud of that fact. It makes you feel good when it comes full circle, and the horses go through here and bring a lot of money, and the buyers feel the same way about what we produce as we do.”

Godolphin Buys Medaglia d’Oro Filly For $1 Million

An active day for both Godolphin and Medaglia d’Oro continued on Friday, when the operation landed a filly, Hip 893, for $1 million.

The first foal out of the unraced Street Cry mare Esprit de Vie hails from the family of Group 1 winner Royal Diamond, Group 2 winner Princess Highway, and Group 3 winners Irresistible Jewel and Mad About You.

Friday’s transaction was the kind of reward Runnymede Farm and Haras d’Etreham were looking for when they bought the empty, unraced Esprit de Vie for $500,000 at the 2015 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale. Her first mating under the new ownership produced the seven-figure filly.

“I don’t think you ever expect this, but we were quite pleased with her,” said Brutus Clay III of Runnymede Farm, which also consigned the filly. “She looks the part of a horse that could go on and be quite professional on the track.”

“This being our second horse in one sale to sell for over a million dollars, it’s been a long time coming,” he continued. “I think it was 2004. We’re absolutely delighted.”

First-Ever Seven Figure Into Mischief Yearling Goes To OXO Equine For $1.2 Million

Spendthrift Farm resident Into Mischief surpassed another milestone on Friday when Larry Best’s OXO Equine bought one his colts for $1.2 million, making him the first Into Mischief yearling to crack the seven-figure mark.

Best has quickly found high-level success with sons of Into Mischief, highlighted by Instagrand, who Best bought for $1.2 million at this year’s Fasig-Tipton Gulfstream Select Sale of 2-Year-Olds In Training and has campaigned to a win in the Grade 2 Best Pal Stakes.

The colt that sold on Friday is out of the unraced Distorted Humor mare Gaudete, whose runners include the multiple Group 3-placed Snowboarder. Grade 2 winner and sire Munnings is in the immediate family.

“Into Mischief has been very good for me,” Best said. “I love the power of them. This horse looks the part. He needs some work, but I think with some training, he’ll be a good prospect.”

“I was told there was about 27 vets on the horse, which means probably scopes, and that’s unusual. I also became aware that the people that own the sire were on the horse. What better data point than that? They’re good guys and I knew they’d take it up on me. I’m quite comfortable, though, with the price.”

Best said a decision on a trainer would be made later, but the colt would be sent to Florida-based Eddie Woods to begin his education.

Lows Land $1.05-Million Curlin Filly

Robert and Lawana Low struck on Hip 814, a $1.05-million Curlin filly out of the Grade 1-winning Bernardini mare Dame Dorothy.

Consigned by Stone Farm, agent, the chestnut filly’s extended family includes Grade/Group 1 winners Mrs. Lindsay and Unaccounted For.

“They’ve made an exerted effort to get some two-turn dirt horses, and that’s exactly what this filly made me think she was,” said Jacob West, who signed the ticket for the Lows. “She didn’t look like a first foal. She actually to me looked like a colt. She’s big, strong, good-boned. She just happened to have ovaries, so we just hope she goes on and maybe she makes it into the broodmare band.”

West said the filly would go to trainer Todd Pletcher, who also conditioned Dame Dorothy, winner of the Grade 1 Humana Distaff Stakes at Churchill Downs.

“Todd told me Dame Dorothy was probably one of his best 2-year-olds,” West said. “She had a little setback, but he said that filly was very, very fast. We kind of figured that was going to be the price, and we got it done.

A total of 4,538 yearlings are cataloged over the 13 sessions at Keeneland’s centerpiece yearling auction. Its prestigious Book 1 spans four sessions, from Monday to Thursday.

Last year’s sale finished with 2,555 horses sold for revenues of $307,845,400, up 13 percent from the previous renewal, and the first time the gross rose above $300 million since 2008. The average sale closed at a record $120,487, up 23 percent, while the median rose 43 percent to a record $57,000. The buyback rate finished at 25 percent.

To view the Keeneland September catalog, click here.

To track the sale’s results, click here.

Watch live video of the sale here.

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