Brothers Alain and Gerard Wertheimer of France went to $2 million for Hip 171, grade I winner Lady of Shamrock, at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale Nov. 5 in Lexington.
Bought under the name Wertheimer et Frere, the 4-year-old daughter of Scat Daddy was consigned by Lane's End, agent, as a racing or broodmare prospect.
"She is a very nice, tough filly ... We're very happy to get her," said Pierre Bureau, racing manager for Wertheimer et Frere. "We've been trying to buy a few mares the last two days, so we're happy to get one that's good."
Lady of Shamrock stamped herself as one of the leading 3-year-old turf fillies in the nation in 2012 by virtue of scores in the American Oaks and Del Mar Oaks (both gr. IT), plus the Providencia Stakes (gr. IIIT). The dark bay or brown filly, who also captured this year's Santa Barbara Handicap (gr. IIT), holds a career record of 7-4-2 from 18 starts, for earnings of $950,000. Trained by John Sadler for Hronis Racing, she finished eighth in the Nov. 2 Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf (gr. IT) at Santa Anita Park.
During her last trip through the sales ring, Lady of Shamrock sold for $11,000 at the 2010 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale.
Bred in Kentucky by Grovendale Sales, she is out of the Blushing John mare Blushing Issue and is a half sister to grade III winner Smooth Jazz (by Storm Boot) and to stakes winner She's Sensational (by Point Given).