Bonnie Blue Flag Brings $1.5 Million at F-T

Doug Cauthen buys the stakes winner for Aaron and Marie Jones.

Bonnie Blue Flag, a stakes-winning 4-year-old in foal to Medaglia d'Oro , was the most expensive horse sold during the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November select mixed sale as of 6:30 p.m. (EST). She commanded $1.5 million Nov. 6 in Lexington.

Doug Cauthen of Doug Cauthen Thoroughbred Management in Kentucky, bought Bonnie Blue Flag for Aaron and Marie Jones. Kentucky bloodstock agent John Moynihan, who is an adviser to Barbara Banke’s Stonestreet breeding and racing operation, also was among the bidders on the bay daughter of Mineshaft .

“We’re excited about her; she’s a nice mare,” Cauthen said. “She’s just an A-plus physical and obviously a super talented horse. She’s a half (sister) to a grade I winner and she’s by a heck of a stallion that has the potential to be a grade I broodmare sire. The A-pluses cost a lot, but I had hoped to get her for less.”

Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, consigned Bonnie Blue Flag, who captured 2010 Cinemine Stakes at Lone Star Park. She also finished second in the Test Stakes (gr. I) and third in the Prioress Stakes (gr. I) last year.

Bonnie Blue Flag is a half sister to Diamondrella (by Rock of Gibraltar), who scored in five added-money events, including the 2009 Just a Game Stakes (gr. IT) and the 2008 First Lady Stakes (gr. IT). Their dam, Tap Your Feet (by Dixieland Band), won the 2001 Illini Princess Handicap at Hawthorne.

“We think that’s a great mating that she (Bonnie Blue Flag) has and we’ll get together with Frank Taylor, who has all the Joneses’ mares at Taylor Made Farm and we’ll figure that out after we see this foal who we'll breed her to (in 2012).”