Beloveda, a half sister to recent Hurricane Bertie (gr. III) winner Golden Mystery, brought the highest price so far at the Feb. 11 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter mixed sale when she was bought for $205,000 by Gainesway as a racing or broodmare prospect.
Consigned by Lane's End, agent, as Hip No. 105, the daughter of Ghostzapper has won or placed in 20 of 29 starts during her race career, including a runner-up effort in the 2012 Rampart Stakes (gr. III). She has earnings of more than $240,000.
"I thought she was a superior physical, she could run, she has a good family, and is a well-made mare," said Michael Hernon of Gainesway. "She'll be bred to the top (Gainesway) stallion Tapit . We picked up a very nice mare and we're glad to have got her."
Golden Mystery provided an exciting update to Beloveda's pedigree when she captured the Feb. 10 Hurricane Bertie a day before the sale. The daughter of Ghostzapper, who is slated to be sold later in the Feb. 11 auction, has amassed earnings of more than $540,000.
Beloveda is also a half sister to All Saint's Day (by Gold Case), dam of stakes winner Sinister Brew (by Milwaukee Brew ). All three horses are out of the winning Saint Ballado mare Mysterious Angel, who was produced from stakes winner Orange Sickle (by Rich Cream) and is a half sister to group III winner Voyagers Guest (by Dynaformer) and stakes victor One By The Knows (by Tabasco Cat).
Bred in Kentucky by Mike Abraham, Beloveda was previously bought for $20,000 by Kazakov at the 2009 Keeneland September yearling sale from Legacy Bloodstock, agent.
"I made one bid more than what I was originally going to go to, but they spurred me on and I think we did the right thing," said Hernon of paying $205,000 for the 5-year-old Beloveda. "I thought she was one of the best physicals on the ground, so hopefully she'll turn out. I bought a good maiden here a number of years ago —Rhumb Line, the dam of Zazu and now the exciting Tapit horse Flashback . We're going to send this one to Tapit, so we'd like to hit an oil well again."
Earlier in the sale, Yadira, a winning daughter of Pulpit, was bought for $170,000 by Margaux Farm, agent. She was consigned by Three Chimneys, agent, as Hip No. 82.
Out of the Tabasco Cat mare Heavenly Cat, Yadira earned $64,439 during her race career and produced her first foal, a filly by Kitten's Joy , Jan. 3.
Yadira is a half sister to grade III winners Dilemma (by Grand Slam) and Heavenly Ransom (by Red Ransom), plus stakes winner and graded stakes-placed runner Capitano (by Belong to Me). Dilemma also fetched a nice price at auction when Glen Hill Farm paid $650,000 for her at the 2004 Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
Yadira's third dam, Sabin (by Lyphard), is a multiple grade I-winning millionaire, who posted her big victories in the Yellow Ribbon Invitational and Gamely Handicap (both gr. I).
Sabin is also the granddam of Diversa (by Tabasco Cat), who produced 2012 Vanity Handicap (gr. I) winner Love Theway Youare. Dance Thewayyouare (by Mineshaft), a half sister to Love Theway Youare, is slated to sell later in the auction as Hip No. 335.
In her previous trip through the sales ring, Yadira fetched $575,000 from Padua Stables at the 2009 Fasig-Tipton Florida March 2-year-old sale. The mare, who was bred in Kentucky by Twin Hopes Farm, was consigned then by Vision Sales through Stephens Thoroughbreds, agent.
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