Stakes winner Dance Quietly, a 3-year-old daughter of A.P. Indy and a half sister to champion Saint Liam (by Saint Ballado), brought $2 million during the early afternoon hours of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
Dance Quietly, who is also a half sister to grade III winner Congressional Honor (by Forestry) and multiple stakes victor Quiet Giant (by Giant's Causeway ), was bought by Benjamin Leon’s Besilu Stables from Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent. The filly was consigned as Hip No. 92 by Lane’s End, agent for the Complete Dispersal of the Estate of Edward P. Evans’ Spring Hill Farm.
Another one of Dance Quietly’s half siblings, Beatem Buster (by Honour and Glory), is the dam of the grade I-winning filly Buster's Ready, who earlier in the sale was bought for $2.4 million by brothers Alain and Gerard Wertheimer from the Evans Dispersal.
Dance Quietly, who won the Busanda Stakes at Aqueduct in January, has a career record of 2-2-2 from 10 starts, for earnings of $123,570. She was bred in Virginia by Evans.
“It’s a very nice filly and nice sire, excellent family on the dam’s side,” said Leon. “We’re looking for forward more into racing for our breeding stock, so we like her very much.”
When asked if he would keep the filly in training or retire her as a broodmare, Leon said, “That’s going to be a decision (trainer) Todd Pletcher will make.”
Dance Quietly has not raced since August, when she finished unplaced in the Monmouth Park Oaks (gr. III).
“She’s taking a rest,” said Leon. “So we’ll think about (racing her or breeding her) and make a decision down the road.”
Leon said the value of mares offered at this year's Keeneland November sale was largely due to the Evans dispersal.
"Obviously, in the dispersal, you have the opportunity to purchase some quality mares that otherwise would not have been available," he said. "I wish Mr. Evans was here instead of this opportunity, but since it’s here, we’re going to try and buy two or three of those mares, and if we get them it will be wonderful, and if not, it will be somebody else’s luck."