With the yearling auction season winding down, the topic will soon turn to the November mixed sales and what top race mares will be heading to the auction ring.
John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farm will consign grade II winner Cat Fighter to the 2004 Keeneland November mixed sale. Sikura purchased the 4-year-old daughter of Storm Cat
for $1.35 million at the 2004 Barretts March sale from the consignment of trainer Kristin Mulhall, agent, as part of the dispersal of The Thoroughbred Corp. Sikura owns her in partnership with Richard and Audrey Haisfield of Never Tell Farm.
"She fractured a cannon bone but it has completely healed," Sikura said. "She can either be put back in training or bred."
Cat Fighter won this year's La Canada Stakes (gr. II) and most recently was third in the Iowa Distaff Breeders' Cup Stakes.
Dogwood Stable's multiple grade II winner Smok'n Frolic, a 5-year-old daughter of Smoke Glacken
, was retired earlier this month with a career record of nine wins from 33 starts. She earned $1,534,720.
Three Chimneys Farm will consign Smok'n Frolic to the Keeneland sale. "She's been wonderful to us and I hate to see her go," said Cot Campbell, president of Dogwood Stable. "However, it is clearly indicated that she will be a popular offering at Keeneland's November breeding stock sale."
Meg Levy of Bluewater Sales confirmed that grade I winner Victory Encounter will also be sold in November. The 4-year-old daughter of Victory Speech, who was trained by John Sadler for Tom Mankiewicz, has wins in the Vanity Handicap (gr. I) and El Encino Stakes (gr. II) to her credit this year. She has seven wins from 14 starts and earnings of $430,887.
Other recently retired grade I-winning mares announced as selling in November include: Nonsuch Bay, Dublino, and Got Koko.
Nonsuch Bay, a 5-year-old daughter of Mr. Greeley, was retired in early September by owner Joseph and Mary Platt after recording seven wins from 27 starts and earnings of $747,078. As a 3-year-old in 2002, Nonsuch Bay won the Mother Goose (gr. I) and Nassau County Breeders' Cup (gr. II) Stakes. This year, she won the Banshee Breeze Handicap at Gulfstream Park for the second consecutive year.
Dublino was retired in May due to a suspensory injury. The 5-year-old has wins in the Del Mar Oaks (gr. IT) and Wilshire Handicap (gr. IIIT) for partners Robert Geringer, Michael Klein, and Marsha Naify.
"I noticed some inflammation, and the SCAN results confirmed my suspicions," said trainer Laura de Seroux when announcing her retirement. "The injury is minor but real."
Dublino retired with three wins from 12 starts and earnings of $596,365.
La Brea Stakes (gr. I) winner Got Koko was retired earlier this month due to a recurring ankle problem. The three-time Texas champion earned $960,946 while racing for the partnership of trainer Bruce Headley, his wife, Aase, and Paul Leung.