With buyers showing strong interest in young mares, grade I winner Star Billing was purchased for $2.6 million by Greg Goodman and Orrin Ingram in the second session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale Nov. 6 in Lexington.
Consigned by Hill 'n' Dale Sales Agency as Hip 241, new mare Star Billing won the 2011 Matriarch Stakes (gr. IT) at Betfair Hollywood Park. The 5-year-old daughter of Dynaformer also placed in three other grade I races in her career.
Bred in Kentucky by George Krikorian, Star Billing is out of the Thunder Gulch mare Topliner, who is a half sister to grade I winners Stellar Jayne and Starrer.
"It's a little more than what we thought, but she was our favorite mare in this book," Goodman said. "We held off on some yesterday that we were bidding on because we wanted this one. We think we did all right."
Star Billing is believed to be pregnant with a Giant's Causeway foal.
A few minutes earlier, C. F. Farm went to $900,000 to land Sky Beam, a 9-year-old daughter of Kingmambo and full sister to stakes winner Mambo in Seattle, who finished a close second to Colonel John in the 2008 Travers Stakes (gr. I).
Bred in Kentucky by William S. Farish and Kilroy Thoroughbred Partnership, Sky Beam is out of the grade I-placed Seattle Slew mare Weekend in Seattle, who is a half sister to classic winners and leading sires A.P. Indy and Summer Squall.
Sky Beam already has produced grade III winner Sky Kingdom and one other winner. She is believed to be pregnant to Bernardini .