Weekend Strike, who is in foal to Quality Road , became the highest-priced horse sold so far at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale when she brought $2.3 million. David Nagle of Barronstown Stud in Ireland purchased the 5-year-old chestnut mare an hour or so before noon Nov. 7 in Lexington.
"I liked everything about her," Nagle said. "She has an international pedigree and she's a great-looking mare."
When asked to whom Weekend Strike would be bred in 2012 and if she would be sent to Ireland or remain in this country, Nagle said, "I don't want to be evasive, but we don't know. We could send her to anything, maybe Galileo."
Lane's End, agent for the complete dispersal of the horses owned by the estate of Edward P. Evans' Spring Hill Farm, consigned Weekend Strike, who won two of her nine career races and finished second in the 2009 Sweetest Chant Stakes at Gulfstream Park. The daughter of Smart Strike is a full sister to Canadian grade III winner Smart Surprise and a half sister to three other stakes winners, including Court Vision (by Gulch), who captured the Nov. 5 TVG Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) at Churchill Downs. Other family members include Horse of the Year A.P. Indy and Preakness Stakes (gr. I) winner Summer Squall.
Weekend Strike's price topped the $1.5 million amount brought by a Henrythenavigator weanling half sister to Horse of the Year Zenyatta.