PLUM PRETTY (Medaglia d'Oro), winner of last year's Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks and the Grade 1 Apple Blossom Handicap in April, brought a final bid $4.2 million at Tuesday's opening session of the 2012 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale in Lexington, Kentucky. The winning bidder was Mandy Pope's Whisper Hill Farm, which bought reigning Horse of the Year Havre de Grace (Saint Liam) for $10 million Monday night at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale.
Offered as a racing or broodmare prospect by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, Plum Pretty RNA'd twice as a yearling at Fasig-Tipton sales at Saratoga and Timonium, but ultimately sold for $130,000 as an OBS March two-year-old. In addition to her win in the Kentucky Oaks, Plum Pretty recorded 2011 wins in the Grade 2 Cotillion and Sunland Park Oaks, and placed in the Grade 1 Coaching Club American Oaks, Grade 1 Las Virgenes, Grade 2 Hollywood Oaks and Grade 2 Santa Ynez.
Plum Pretty, who was offered as Hip No. 96, made two starts earlier this year, winning the Apple Blossom by 2 1/4 lengths and finishing third in the Grade 2 La Troienne at Churchill Downs on May 4. She ends her career with a mark of 12-5-2-3, $1,688,746.
A daughter of Liszy (A.P. Indy), Plum Pretty counts as her second dam Grade 2 winner Silent Account (Private Account), a full sister to Grade 1 winner Secret Hello and stakes winner By Your Leave. Silent Account is also a half-sister to Grade 3-winning sire Hadif (Clever Trick) and the ancestress of Grade 3 winner Conveyance (Indian Charlie).
"We are trying to obviously upgrade our broodmare band, and make some big adjustments in the quality that we have," Pope said. "(Plum Pretty) is a fantastic race mare and a very kind mare. She is very well balanced and has a lot of size to her. I also liked her dam, who I thought was pretty and had good size. Hopefully that will transform into the next generation of babies."
Pope said Plum Pretty will be sent to Wayne and Cathy Sweezy's Timber Town Stable near Lexington.
"She's just a beautiful mare; classy and smart, great conformation, a classic winner," said Frank Taylor of Taylor Made. "I thought it was a fair price. The market is good right now; the top looks unbelievable."
Mandore International Agency bought three of the five seven-figure offerings on Tuesday, the highest being the $2.8 million purchase HARMONIOUS (Dynaformer). The multiple Grade 1-winning five-year-old was offered as a broodmare prospect by Lane's End, agent for Pam and Martin Wygod and Emily Wygod, and sported Hip 24.
Among the leading three-year-old grass fillies of 2010, Harmonious earned her signature wins in the Grade 1 American Oaks and Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup, and finished second in the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks. Harmonious also placed in four of six starts in 2011, but ended her career with a second consecutive unplaced effort in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf. She was retired with a mark of 13-4-3-2, $625,420.
Harmonious was produced by the unraced Jade Tree (Storm Cat), a half-sister to Grade 2-placed stakes winner Megantic and three-quarter sister to multiple Grade 1-placed Jade Queen (Giant's Causeway). All were produced by Grade 2 winner Jade Flush (Jade Hunter). Other notables from the family are the undefeated 1982 champion juvenile filly Landaluce (Seattle Slew) and Grade 1 winner Startac (Theatrical).
Multiple Grade 1 winner ZAZU (Tapit) will head to Japan for her broodmare career after garnering a $2.1 million bid from Katsumi Yoshida. The four-year-old was offered as Hip 149 by Lane's End, agent for Jerry and Ann Moss.
Stakes-placed at two, the gray enjoyed her best season in 2011, winning the Grade 1 Lady's Secret, Grade 1 Las Virgenes and Grade 2 Hollywood Oaks. She finished second by a neck in the Grade 1 Clement L. Hirsch, Grade 1 Santa Anita Oaks and Grade 2 Santa Ynez, and ran third in the Kentucky Oaks.
Zazu retired earlier this year with a record of 12-4-5-1, $691,985. In her lone appearance on the season, she finished fourth in the Grade 2 Marjorie L. Everett Handicap at Hollywood Park on May 19.
A half-sister to stakes winner Corinthian's Jewel (Corinthian) and Group 2-placed Art Princess (Officer), Zazu was produced by the winning Mr. Greeley mare Rhumb Line. This family has also produced Grade 3 victor Renewed (Lost Code).
Zazu was previously sold twice at public auction, for $100,000 as a Fasig-Tipton November weanling, and for $285,000 as a Keeneland September yearling.
Mandore also snatched up Grade 1 winner SHOTGUN GULCH (Thunder Gulch) for $1.6 million and Canadian champion NEGLIGEE (Northern Afleet) for $1.25 million.
Shotgun Gulch, in foal to Bernardini on a March 21 cover, was offered by Taylor Made Sale Agency, agent, and toured the ring as Hip 112. The Oklahoma-bred was a five-time stakes winner, most notably of the Grade 1 Madison in 2011. Also placed in the Grade 1 La Brea and Grade 2 Presque Isle Downs Masters, Shotgun Gulch retired with a record of 21-7-1-5, $528,976.
A half-sister to the stakes-placed Sundayville Break (Sunday Break) and Scat Baby (Scat Daddy), Shotgun Gulch was reared by the winning Boston Harbor mare Rosieville, herself a half-sister to Grade 3 winner Maysville Slew (Slew City Slew).
Negligee, the Canadian champion juvenile filly of 2009, was consigned by Hunter Valley Farm, agent. Hip 76 was offered in foal to Distorted Humor on a February 21 cover.
Winner of the Grade 1 Alcibiades during her championship campaign, Negligee also placed that season in the Ontario Debutante at Woodbine. She placed twice in five starts at three, including the Grade 2 Sands Point, and retired with a mark of 9-2-2-1, $381,379.
Produced by the stakes-winning Naughty Notions (Relaunch), Negligee is a half-sister to the stakes-placed Wild Notions (Wild Again). This is the extended of English champion miler Zilzal (Nureyev) and Grade/Group 3-winner half-sisters Hula Queen (Irish River) and Loving Pride (Quiet American).
Negligee had been through the sales ring three times previously. She brought $52,000 as a Keeneland September yearling, RNA'd for $37,000 as an OBS February two-year-old, and was acquired by Hunter Valley Farm for $625,000 at the 2011 Keeneland January Sale.
At the conclusion of trading Tuesday, 100 horses sold for $27,665,000. The average stood at $276,650 and the median was $127,500. Year-to-year comparisons with 2011 are difficult as the opening session last year included stock dispersed from the Estate of Edward P. Evans. The 2011 sale began with a session that generated a gross of $63,276,500 from the sale of 147 head. The average that day was $430,452 and the median was $230,000.
The 11-day auction continues Wednesday and runs daily through November 16. All sessions begin at 10 a.m. (EST).
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