Dual grade I winner and millionaire Octave, who finished third in the Oct. 27 Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I), is a late entry to the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November select mixed sale on Nov. 4 in Lexington. Taylor Made Sales Agency will offer the 3-year-old daughter of Unbridled's Songas a racing/broodmare prospect.
Raced by Starlight Stable and Donald Lucarelli, Octave captured this year's Coaching Club American Oaks (gr. I) and Mother Goose Stakes (gr. I) at Belmont Park. In 2006, she won the Adirondack Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. II) at Saratoga.
“Don and I feel this is excellent timing to realize the full asset value of Octave," Starlight's Jack Wolf said in a Fasig-Tipton press release issued Oct. 29. "She has been nothing short of sensational for two full seasons. We are a racing partnership and sold Ashado for $9 million (at the 2005 Keeneland November breeding stock sale) in similar circumstances, so offering Octave is very much in line with our business model.
"Fasig-Tipton’s Nov. 4 catalogue presents a level of quality which pretty much guarantees exposure for Octave to the world’s leading buyers. We are delighted to supplement her to the sale.”
Martin and Pam Wygod bred Octave in Kentucky. Acting on behalf of Starlight and Lucarelli, Barry Berkelhammer purchased the filly for $350,000 from Mill Ridge Sales, agent, at the 2005 Keeneland September yearling sale.
Octave won four of her 13 career races and never finished worse than third while earning $1,660,934. She was second in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) along with the Ashland (gr. I) and Matron (gr. I) Stakes. She also finished third in the Alabama Stakes (gr. I).
“She has been a model of consistency and class since we first started her in 2006, always totally competitive at the highest levels of racing," said Octave's trainer Todd Pletcher in a prepared statement. "Octave has been a dream for my stable – tough and versatile with a race record showing wins from 4 ½ to 10 furlongs.”