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Son Of Verrazano Tops Sunday Session At US$625,000

Ron Mitchell of Blood-Horse | 19.09.2017

The market continued to show strength halfway through Keeneland's marathon September Yearling Sale, Sunday's session being headlined by the sale of a three-quarter brother to recent Saratoga Special Stakes (Gr 2, 6.5f) winner Copper Bullet (More Than Ready) for $625,000 to Steven W Young, agent.

The market continued to show strength halfway through Keeneland’s marathon September Yearling Sale, Sunday’s session being headlined by the sale of a three-quarter brother to recent Saratoga Special Stakes (Gr 2, 6.5f) winner Copper Bullet (More Than Ready) for $625,000 to Steven W Young, agent.

The ridgling, catalogued as Hip 1921, is from the first crop of Verrazano (More Than Ready), out of the winning Unbridled’s Song (Unbridled) mare Allegory and from the family of European Group One winners Loup Sauvage (Riverman) and Loup Solitaire (Lear Fan).

“I saw quite a few Verrazano’s that were good looking horses,” said Young, who purchased Hip 1921 on behalf of an undisclosed client. “Verrazano himself could train with basically any horse around.

“He was an unbelievable horse in many ways and I think he’ll be a very good sire.

“This horse is not only a [sibling] to a two-year-old Graded stakes winner at Saratoga, but he’s out of an Unbridled’s Song mare.

“He is very, very correct and I think when you deal with Unbridled’s Song –whether it’s as a sire or a broodmare sire – they need to look how this horse looked.

“He’s got no ceiling on what he might do, pedigree-wise. He was a Book One horse in Book Three.”

The ridgling was consigned by James Herbener Jr as agent for breeder Dell Ridge Farm. “This is a lovely colt. Had a great walk about him,” Herbener Jr said. “The amazing thing was for how many times we showed him – about 87 times yesterday and I don’t know how many times today – he still just had that great walk about him.”

On the day, completing the weekend Book Three phase, 245 yearlings sold for US$26,875,500, for an average of US$109,696 and a median of US$80,000. Cumulatively, Keeneland has sold 1,179 yearlings for US$254,913,000, for an average of US$216,211 and a median of US$150,000.

“Book Three went very well,” Keeneland Director of Sales Operations Geoffrey Russell said. “It was nice to have a big-priced horse today. Overall, the comments from both consignors and buyers were that the good horses sold very well and the buyers complained that they we re hard to buy. So that’s a positive note.”

Meanwhile, Oussama Aboughgazale’s International Equities Holding paid US$500,000 for a colt by another rookie in Will Take Charge (Unbridled’s Song).

Catalogued as Hip 1846 and consigned by Anderson Farms, agent, he is out of the winning mare Smart Believer (Smart Strike). The colt’s second dam is Grade One winner I Believe in You (Pleasant Tap).

“We’re still looking for very, very good physicals,” said Frances Relihan, bloodstock manager for Aboughazale’s Sumaya U.S. Stables. “Mr Aboughazale really wants to buy not just a pedigree but buy a horse that’s an athletic horse, a horse that moves well, that’s well made, and this horse just ticked all the boxes for us in that respect.”

International Equities Holding has so far purchased six colts during the sale, the most expensive being a Violence (Medaglia d’Oro) colt for US$725,000. “We are in this business to produce stallions,” Aboughazale said. “Hopefully, we bought very nice boys in the sale.”

Two colts sold for US$450,000 apiece to share the day’s third-highest price.

A Curlin (Smart Strike) half-brother to Swedish stakes-placed Dr Schultz (Quiet American) brought a final bid of US$450,000 from Mike Ryan, agent.

Out of the A.P. Indy (Seattle Slew) mare False Impression, the colt was catalogued as Hip 1630 and is from the family of Kentucky Oaks (Gr 1, 9f) winner Believe You Can (Proud Citizen). He was consigned by KatieRich Farms.

A short while later, British agent Oliver St. Lawrence went to US$450,000 for Hip 1640, a son of Distorted Humor (Forty Niner) out of winner Forbidden Gift (A.P. Indy). Consigned by Mt Brilliant Farm, the colt is from the family of Kentucky Oaks winner Secret Status (A. P. Indy).

A colt by Vinery Stud shuttler More Than Ready (Southern Halo), catalogued as Hip 1956, made US$410,000, followed by three fillies who sold for US$400,000 each.

Mike Ryan purchased one of the fillies, catalogued as Hip 1653 from the final crop of Scat Daddy (Johannesburg) from Hermitage Farm, agent. She is out of a Speightstown (Gone West) mare from the family of Preis der Diana (German Oaks) (Gr 1, 2200m) winner Penelopa (Giant’s Causeway).

In all Ryan bought seven yearlings for US$1,990,000 to become the session’s leading buyer. The session’s leading consignor, Taylor Made Sales Agency, sold 27 yearlings for US$2,520,000.

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Sale Results – Day Six

Catalogued: 412

Offered: 356

Sold: 245

Aggregate: US$26,875,500

Average: US$109,696

Median: US$80,000

Top Lot: US$625,000

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