Riding the wave of success celebrated by Adena Springs stallion Awesome Again's two winners on the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships Day, the Nov. 11 Adena Springs broodmare sale at Fasig-Tipton Kentucky's Newtown Paddocks posted solid across the board gains.
The sale saw 66 hips, each selling in foal to an Adena Springs stallion and with a no-guarantee season to a selected Adena Springs stallion, gross $2,252,500 -- an increase of 65% over last year. The average was $34,129, up 53% over last year, with the median $19,500, a 50% jump over last year's figure.
Last year the 61 mares sold grossed $1,364,900 and averaged $22,375. The median was $13,000.
"I think it went ok," said Adena Springs Farm manager Dan Hall. "This sale has taken on a life of its own. Every year there is a new bright spot, and this sale serves its purpose by getting the offspring of Adena Springs' stallions out there and helped the stallion program to come into its own."
Leading the way was the Meadowlake
mare Field of Glory who was selling in foal to Awesome Again
. Robbie Lyons purchased her for $180,000.
"Big, good looking mares seem to be what the commercial market is looking for," said Lyons, who was making his first purchase at the fourth annual sale. "Size, conformation, and looks are important and she fit the bill."
Lyons said the fact she was in foal to Awesome Again, who sired Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I) winner Ghostzapper and Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) winner Wilko, was also important.
"Awesome Again was a tremendous racehorse," he said. "As a stallion he has been very well managed by Adena Springs and it's great to see them doing well."
Field of Glory, who was produced from the mare Validated, is the dam of grade II stakes winner Randaroo, from the family of stakes winner Sailingon and Fleet Rise.