Sassy Pants, in foal to Storm Cat, was consigned by Dromoland Farm. In addition to Madcap Escapade, Sassy Pants is the dam of grade I winner Dubai Escapade.Sikura said he had reached the end of his rope when bidding for Madcap Escapade reached the $6-million point, but was determined to purchase her as a long-term investment for his Hill 'n' Dale Farm."I thought she would make a unique broodmare," Sikura said moments after signing the sales receipt. "We will take her home and plan to breed her back to a major stallion. We just want to get her home safely and we will go from there." About acquiring Sassy Pants, Sikura said, "She is already the dam of two grade I winners and she was in foal to Storm Cat. She was another unique offering in the sale."We had a very good yearling sale this year and we tragically lost our best mare (Serena's Tune) so we tried to be aggressive to try to replace any gaps we have in our program," he continued. "Business is a continuum and when you have the opportunity to ride your base and improve your quality, you have to try to keep moving forward and that was the objective. Between the two mares, maybe one will make the difference."He estimated the difference in price between the family members was based on age. "The life expectancy between the two mares was probably the only difference between the price," he said.
Parting with Madcap Escapade was bittersweet for Lunsford, who purchased her through trainer Frank Brothers as a yearling for $160,000 at the 2002 Keeneland September yearling sale from the consignment of Needham/Betz/Hanley, agent.
"She looked like she could go out and race today," Lunsford said. "She gave me a lot of thrills and was a very special filly for me. But, at the end of the day I had to let her go because this is a business and racing is my first priority." Racing for Lunsford, Madcap Escapade won seven of nine career starts, including six in stakes company. Her biggest win came in the 2004 Ashland Stakes (gr. I) which she followed with a third-place effort in the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I). As a 4-year-old, Madcap Escapade established a new track record for seven furlongs at Gulfstream Park in 1:22.06 while winning the Shirley Jones Handicap (gr. II). She earned $1,052,852. A daughter of Hennessy, Madcap Escapade was bred in Kentucky by Needham/Betz Thoroughbreds and Jamie Blackburn and was produced from the Saratoga Six mare Sassy Pants. She is a half-sister to grade I winner Dubai Escapade (by Awesome Again ). The sale continues through Nov. 19, with sessions beginning at 10 a.m.Hip by hip results from Keeneland
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