For awhile it appeared that owner Eric Kronfeld was snakebit when it came to his grade I stakes-winning mare Nereid.
First, the daughter of Rock Hard Ten was scratched out of the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) after sustaining a minor injury. The injury and subsequent medications she was administered then led the owner to scratch Nereid from the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
But all that was ancient history Jan. 7 when Nereid was purchased by Lane Seliger, Baumann Stables, for $1.3 million, lighting up the bid board at the first session of the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale in Lexington.
"I would rather be lucky than good," Kronfeld said shortly after his mare, consigned by Don Robinson's Winter Quarter Farm, sold.
Kronfeld declined to reveal his reserve for the mare, who was trained by John Shirreffs to a deadheat victory with Cambina in the 2012 American Oaks (gr. IT) at Betfair Hollywood Park. The 5-year-old mare retired with three wins from 11 starts and earnings of $303,800.
"It was a fair bit above her reserve," Kronfeld said. "My reserve is always a price below which I would be happy to keep her. She was here to sell."
Produced from Dowry (by Belong to Me), Nereid was bred by Mr. and Mrs. Emler Neuman in Kentucky and sold for $190,000 as a yearling at Keeneland in September 2009.