Lael Stables Buys Medaglia d’Oro Filly For $1 Million

Roy and Gretchen Jackson’s Lael Stable struck the first seven-figure blow during Tuesday’s session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga Selected Yearling sale, going to $1 million for a Medaglia d’Oro filly.

The purchase will lean heavily on a pedigree cross that has already succeeded wildly. The filly that sold Tuesday is the first foal out of the winning Distorted Humor mare Veracity. Her second dam is the Grade 2-winning A.P. Indy mare Yell, whose produce record is highlighted by another Distorted Humor daughter, the stakes winner Cheery, who is herself the dam of multiple Grade 1 winner Elate.

“We always try and buy a couple fillies each year, and we’re interested in turning them into broodmares,” Roy Jackson said. “She fits the bill.”

Jackson said the filly would eventually go to trainer Arnaud Delacour when she began her on-track career.

The filly’s extended family includes G1 winners Sea Hero, Hero’s Honor, and Eastern Echo, G2 winners Wild Applause, Glowing Honor, Roar, Congrats, On Leave, Norumbega, and Ironicus, and notable sire Flatter.

Indian Creek consigned the filly, as agent.

Monday’s trade saw 83 horses sold for revenues of $28,965,000, up 19 percent from last year’s opener when 75 horses brought $24,425,000. The average sale price rose 7 percent to $348,976, while the median went unchanged at $300,000. The buyback rate finished at 22 percent compared with 18 percent last year.

A pair of offerings from the first crop of American Pharoah dominated the opening session, led by Hip 26, a filly by Grade 1 winner Life at Ten who sold to Larry Best’s OXO Equine for $1.2 million. The half-sister to G2-placed Singing Bullet was another successful weanling pinhook for Brian Graves of Blue Sky Stables, who bought the filly for $500,000 at last year’s Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale. Gainesway consigned the filly, as agent.

Later in the night, trainer Bob Baffert signed the ticket for Hip 62 on behalf of M.V. Magnier of the Coolmore partnership for $1 million. Baffert trained American Pharoah during his on-track career and the horse now stands at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud in Versailles, Ky.

The New York-bred colt is out of the Touch Gold mare Party Silks, making him a half-brother to G2 winner Upstart and stakes-placed New York Hero. Summerfield Sales consigned the seven-figure colt, as agent.

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