Several horses have brought $300,000 or more at the Jan. 12 session of the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale at Keeneland.
Early in the day, a 3-year-old Distorted Humor filly named Age of Humor was bought as a racing prospect for $350,000 by Steve Davidson and Randy Gullatt’s Versailles, Ky.-based Twin Creeks Farm.
On Jan. 11, Gullatt also went to $325,000 for Miss Catalyst, a stakes-winning daughter of Mr. Greeley, who wound up being the topper of the sale's opening session.
“We got another nice racehorse that we think is the real deal,” said Gullatt of Age of Humor, who is out of the unraced Silver Deputy mare Age of Silver. “She’ll join our racing band, and I think she’ll be a quality horse that’s the kind of horse we’re trying to accumulate. She can run, she’s by Distorted Humor, and she’s pretty.”
Gullat said he didn’t know where Age of Humor would run next. So far, the filly, who was consigned by Dave Parrish's Indian Creek, agent, has won two of three starts. Breaking her maiden at Meadowlands last fall, she started her sophomore season with a victory in the Jan. 9 Busanda Stakes at Aqueduct and boosted her earnings to $70,800 in the process.
“I think ($350,000) was a very good price,” said Gullatt, who added that Twin Creeks now has 18 horses in training. “She’s right where we want her to be. She’s got her whole career in front of her.
“We’re always looking for quality horses. We’ve always tried to get these valuable horses in the past, but we usually get outbid. But the high-end guys just aren’t here (at this sale) for whatever reason.”
Bred in Kentucky by R.L. Reineman Stable, Age of Humor is a half-sister to stakes-placed runner Coach Ryan (by Broad Brush). She is also from the immediate family of grade III stakes winner Timely Broad (by Broad Brush), and grade I victor Wise Times (by Mr. Leader).
Tom Ludt of Vinery Stables went to $300,000 for the multiple stakes-placed mare Authenicat. The daughter of Vinery farm stallion D'Wildcat is out of the Alydeed mare Authenic Deed. She was consigned by Paramount Sales, agent.
“We had owned her in partnership, but it’s a partnership that’s being dissolved, and we wanted to keep her,” said Ludt of the 5-year-old mare, who previously was raced with Fog City Stables. “She’s been very good to us, and we wanted to keep going with her.”
Authenicat currently holds a record of 6-7-4 from 22 starts and has earnings of $683,223. Racing mainly at Woodbine, she has placed in 14 stakes, including the grade III Pocahontas at Churchill, Hendrie at Woodbine, and Chicago Handicap at Arlington Park.
A half-sister to the stakes-placed Bold Executive gelding Fudgethebottomline (by Bold Executive), Authenicat's second dam, Authentic Air, is a half-sister to grade III winner Belle’s Gold. Authenicat was bred in Ontario by Gail Wood.
“We may race her one more year," said Ludt. "She’ll go back to (trainer) Josie Carroll; she’s done well with her. (Authenicat) has been very good; she’s graded placed, and I think she’s still got some left in her. She’s by D’Wildcat, one of our sires, and we like her. The price it was OK…when you’re buying them, you want to get them cheaper, but she’s worth ($300,000) in my opinion.”
Peter O’Callaghan of Woods Edge Farm, in the name Twin Peaks Bloodstock, went to $285,000 for a yearling colt by hot young sire Medaglia d'Oro .
“It’s a great family,” said O’Callaghan of the colt, who was consigned by Warrendale Sales, agent. Medaglia d’Oro burst onto the scene in 2009 when his daughter, Rachel Alexandra, captured five grade I races, including the Kentucky Oaks and Preakness Stakes over males.
“I thought (the colt) was very athletic…he’s lovely rangy colt by a great stallion out of a mare that produced a good runner from that same cross, so he checked most of the boxes for me,” said O’Callaghan.
“It was a lot more than I wanted to pay for him, but you have to pay a premium for these nice horses, so hopefully we’ll be rewarded. We’ll take a chance.”
The Medaglia d’Oro colt is out of the St. Jovite mare Win for Juno and is a half-brother to San Clemente Handicap (gr. II) winner Sweet Win (by King of Kings). His second dam, Special Team (by Specialmante) is a grade I winner and the producer of group III winner Triteamtri.
Interestingly, the colt's dam, Win For Juno, sold right before him and brought just $2,000. The 16-year-old mare is in foal to Cincago on a late cover. She was purchased by Bluegrass investments.