Magnificent Honour, a half or full sister to back-to-back Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winners Rags to Riches and Jazil, commanded $600,000, the highest price so far during the second session of the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale Jan. 10.
Consigned by Paramount Sales, agent as Hip No. 417 and in foal to 2010 leading sire Giant's Causeway , Magnificent Honour was purchased by British bloodstock agent Tom Goff of Blandford Bloodstock.
Goff, who buys several horses for Coolmore Stud each year, said he had acquired the 10-year-old unraced daughter of A.P. Indy on behalf of an undisclosed European-based client. According to Goff, she will remain in the United States and be boarded at a Kentucky farm.
“It’s probably one of the best families in the America,” said Goff of Magnificent Honour, who is also a half sister to Irish champion Man of Iron (by Giant’s Causeway) and grade II victor Casino Drive (by Mineshaft ).
Magnificent Honour was produced from grade II-winning Kentucky Broodmare of the Year Better Than Honour (by Deputy Minister), who is a half or full sister to two group winners. As a broodmare prospect in 2004, Better Than Honour brought $2 million at the Keeneland November mixed sale.
Two of Better Than Honour’s foals have also sold for more than $1 million, including Rags to Riches, who fetched $1.9 million as a yearling and earned an Eclipse Award as champion 3-year-old filly in 2007.
“(Magnificent Honour’s) 2011 Tiznow (filly) is very nice,” added Goff of why he liked the mare. “It was a good cover and reasonably early service (to Giant’s Causeway). She’s a standout in pedigree—that’s very obvious to anybody.”
Magnificent Honour has been sold two other times at auction. After bringing $925,000 as a yearling, she sold for $575,000 at the 2006 Keeneland January mixed sale. Bought by Edward Daly Bloodstock, she was consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.
Magnificent Honour was bred in Kentucky by Skara Glen Stables.