Majestic Warrior colt commands $700,000

George Bolton and Stonestreet Stable purchased a colt from the first crop of Grade 1 Hopeful winner Majestic Warrior for $700,000 at the Keeneland April Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale on Monday. Cataloged as Hip No. 123, the Maryland-bred chestnut was consigned by Wavertree Stables (Ciaran Dunne), agent.

The February 17 foal, who worked one furlong in :10 during Thursday's Preview Day, represented a pinhooking triumph. An RNA for $42,000 as a Keeneland November weanling, he sold for $137,000 at Fasig-Tipton Kentucky last July.

"Fast horse, galloped out fast," said bloodstock advisor John Moynihan, who signed the ticket. "(Majestic Warrior) looks like he's off to a good start. We'll take our shot and see."

The sales topper was produced by the unraced Hennessy mare Counter Cat, whose leading earner is the multiple Japanese stakes-placed Under Counter (Stravinsky). The juvenile's second dam is stakes winner Ticket Counter (Deposit Ticket), herself a half-sister to multiple Grade 3-placed Lake Pontchartrain (Salt Lake).

His fourth dam is millionaire Pine Tree Lane (Apalachee), who defeated males in such races as the Grade 2 Carter Handicap and Grade 2 Bold Ruler Stakes and missed narrowly in the 1986 Breeders' Cup Sprint.

A Speightstown colt from the consignment of Kirkwood Stables, agent, brought $560,000 from Tom McGreevy, acting as agent for Fox Hill Farm. Offered as Hip 144, the February 6 colt had sizzled a quarter-mile in a bullet :20 2/5 at the under tack show.

Another whose value has improved markedly, the dark bay RNA'd for $95,000 at Keeneland September and sold for just $72,000 at Fasig-Tipton Kentucky in October.

The Kentucky-bred is out of the stakes-placed Five Star Holding (Five Star Day), herself a half-sister to Grade 3 victress Sindy with an S (Broken Vow) and Grade 1-placed stakes scorer Indian Winter (Indian Charlie). Family members include Grade 2 winners Foresta (Alydar) and Victory U. S. A. (Victory Gallop), and further back, two-time champion and $3.9 million-earner Ashado (Saint Ballado).

Wavertree Stables also sold a bay Dynaformer colt to Bluegrass Hall for $550,000. A half-brother to Group 2 winner and Breeders' Cup Mile runner-up Antonius Pius (Danzig), Hip 113 had drilled an eighth in :10 1/5.

The April 15 Kentucky-bred, who RNA'd for $225,000 here in September, is out of Group 1 Yorkshire Oaks queen Catchascatchcan (Pursuit of Love). This is the immediate family of Australian Group 3 scorer Tall Timbers (Anabaa). The colt's third dam, Group 2 Ribblesdale winner Catalpa (Reform), produced another Ribblesdale winner in Strigida (Habitat).

The sale's top filly came very late in the day, as Patrice Miller, EQB Inc., agent, went to $475,000 to secure BEAUTIFUL MISS (Tapit). Consigned by Niall Brennan Stables, agent, the Kentucky-bred chestnut had worked her furlong in :10 on Thursday.

The second offspring from the winning Storm Cat mare Instant Coverage, the January 30 foal was led out unsold for $190,000 at Saratoga last August. The two-year-old's third dam, Hopespringsforever (Mr. Prospector), is a full sister to influential sire Miswaki. Other descendants of this female line include Grade 2-winning sire Jump Start (A.P. Indy) and French classic heroine Lacovia (Majestic Light), the dam of multiple Group 1 victor Tobougg (Barathea).

A notable RNA for $525,000 was a colt from the first crop of Breeders' Cup Classic winner Raven's Pass. Had Hip 142 been sold, the Wavertree consignment would have been responsible for three of the day's top four lots.

The sale experienced a rash of withdrawals, as 66 of the 161 cataloged were declared out.

Only 59 juveniles were sold on Monday, and the $9,754,000 gross was down 15.7 percent from the $11,564,000 realized by 70 horses last year. While the average was virtually steady, inching from $165,200 to $165,322, the median declined 7.7 percent, from $130,000 to $120,000.

"Good horses sold extremely well because there was a focus on top horses," Keeneland Vice President of Sales Walt Robertson said. "The top four horses this year exceeded the prices of the top four horses last year. This year's average and median were solid. All in all, we're pleased with the sale."

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