Hip 144, bought for $560,000 at the Keeneland April Sale.

Hip 144, bought for $560,000 at the Keeneland April Sale.

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Porter Buys Speightstown Colt for $560,000

Tapit filly named Beautiful Miss sells for $475,000.

Rick Porter’s Fox Hill Farms went to $560,000 to acquire a colt by Speightstown  at the 2012 Keeneland April sale of 2-year-olds in training. The price was the second-highest paid at the one-day auction in Lexington April 9.

Tom McGreevy signed the ticket on the colt, consigned by Kirkwood Stables as Hip No. 144. Porter, whose stable includes reigning Horse of the Year Havre de Grace, attended the sale with trainer Larry Jones.

Bred in Kentucky by Frederick Michael Allor, the colt had been reported sold to Baccari Bloodstock for $240,000 when consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency to the 2010 Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

The colt is out of the stakes-placed Five Star Day mare Five Star Holding.

During the sale’s under tack show workouts, the colt produced the fastest quarter-mile time of :20 2/5.

“He’s fast; it isn’t complicated, he’s fast,” Kirkwood’s Kip Elser said prior to the auction.

Not long after the Speightstown colt went through the ring, Patrice Miller of EQB Inc., signed the ticket on a Tapit  filly purchased for $475,000.

Named Beautiful Miss and consigned by Niall Brennan Stables as Hip No. 157, the filly was bred in Kentucky by WinStar and was produced from the winning Storm Cat mare Instant Coverage. Her female family includes successful racehorses and sires Miswaki and Jump Start .