Dual grade I winner Zazu fetched $2.1 million from Katsumi Yoshida's Japan-based Northern Farm during the first session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale Nov. 6. Consigned by William S. Farish's Lane's End, agent, as hip No. 149, she was sold as a broodmare prospect.
"We have her half sister, (stakes-placed) Art Princess (purchased by Katsumi Yoshida for $400,000 at the 2012 Keeneland January horses of all ages sale)," said Shunsuke Yoshida, who signed the ticket for Zazu on his father's behalf.
"Zazu was a very nice racehorse, and we looked at her the first time here and decided we wanted her."
The strapping gray or roan daughter of Tapit scored her big victories in the 2011 Lady's Secret and Las Virgenes Stakes (both gr. I), plus the Hollywood Oaks (gr. II). Zazu retired from racing with a record of 4-5-1 from 12 starts, for earnings of $691,985. Her four graded stakes-placed efforts include a runner-up finish in the 2011 Clement L. Hirsch (gr. I) and a third to Plum Pretty in that year's Kentucky Oaks (gr. I).
"It's hard to see her go because she's a great broodmare prospect," said Bill Farish of Lane's End about Zazu, who was trained throughout her career by John Sadler for Jerry and Ann Moss. "I don't know exactly what made (the Mosses) make the decision (to sell her). It's a numbers thing I think...they've got Zenyatta back at home so maybe it's a little easier to part with Zazu, but it's still tough to see her go."
As of 2:20 p.m. Nov. 6, there have been five racing or broodmare prospects to bring $1.2 million or more at the Keeneland November sale.
"This kind of fervor (for buying broodmares), I don't think anyone expected it to be like this," said Farish of the breeding stock market. "The hard-to-find-broodmares...there just aren't that many that have the pedigree and the race record. Maybe it was more of a perfect storm this year to have this many quality mares, but it's really amazing. I don't think it's finished."