Miller and West to Disperse at Keeneland

A complete dispersal of bloodstock owned by the partnership of MacKenzie and Martha Miller and the late Dr. Smiser West and his wife Kathryn is planned for the Keeneland September yearling and November mixed sales.

Bob West, the son of Smiser West, said the yearling dispersal will include two yearlings: an Include  -Rose Russe filly and a Friends Lake-Don't Ruffle Me filly.

The November mixed sale will include five mares, including Delivery Day, a half-sister to four-time grade I winner Lite Light; stakes winner Majestic Dy, dam of stakes winner Delicate Dynamite; Don't Ruffle Me; and Waterford Express.

Five weanlings will also be dispersed during the November auction.

Smiser West died Dec. 20 at a Lexington-area hospital. He was 97.

Bob West said Waterford-Millford Farm, which consists of 850 acres, will continue to operate as a commercial boarding and breeding facility. He said the farm will increase its participation in the bloodstock business for public auctions and private sales.

"It was just time to do this," he said. "My father died in December, and Mr. Miller is getting up in age and wanting to cut back his involvement in the industry. Even though we are dispersing the partnership, the farm will continue to operate."

During their time as partners, West and Miller, a retired Hall of Fame trainer, bred such stakes winners as champion filly Chilukki and grade I winners Lite Light and Tweedside. They also bred the champion filly De la Rose.

Chilukki, a daughter of Cherokee Run, was champion 2-year-old filly of 1999 after winning five graded stakes, including the Oak Leaf (gr. I) and Vinery Del Mar Debutante (gr. I).

Lite Light, by Majestic Prince, won four grade I stakes as a 3-year-old in 1991, including the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I). Lite Light died this May.

Tweedside, a daughter of Thunder Gulch, captured the 2001 Coaching Club of America Oaks (gr. I).

De la Rose, who earned champion turf female honors as a 3-year-old in 1981, was a star before she ever hit the racetrack. The daughter of Nijinsky II brought a then-record $500,000 at the 1979 Saratoga yearling sale from the Wests' consignment. The price was the highest at that time for a filly in the history of the sale.


 

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