Filigree, a stakes-placed daughter of Candi's Gold, brought the top price of $50,000 during a sale of broodmares and weanlings on Oct. 23 at Doug Arnold's Buck Pond Farm near Versailles, Ky. The auction grossed "about $200,000," according to Arnold, whose primary goals were to publicize his nursery and to showcase its 12 stallions.
"It was raining hard, so we didn't have as big a crowd as we had hoped for, but it was fun," Arnold said. "We had a stallion show, and several people said afterward that they were interested in breeding to our stallions. We also have a brand new barn, and I think people enjoyed seeing it. It was great publicity for the farm."
Filigree, who sold in foal to Bernstein
, earned $478,607 and finished second or third in five added-money events in Southern California. She is a half-sister to stakes winner Rally Run (by Dixieland Band
) and is from the family of 1969 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Majestic Prince. Arnold purchased the mare, while she was in foal to You and I, for $30,000 from James Keogh, agent, at this year's Keeneland January horses of all ages sale.
Arnold did not reveal the name of Filigree's buyer, who also received a complimentary 2006 season to the Buck Pond stallion of his choice for purchasing the mare.
More than 50 mares and weanlings were catalogued for the auction.