Pachattack, who finished third in the Nov. 4 Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic (gr. I) at Churchill Downs, commanded $1.2 million early in the first session of the Fasig-Tipton November select mixed sale in Lexington. Alan Cooper, the racing manager for the Niarchos family, signed the sale ticket and purchased the 5-year-old chestnut mare in the name of one of the Niarchos’ entities, Flaxman Holdings.
The plan is to keep the daughter of Pulpit in training.
“She’s a lovely filly and we thought she should go on,” Cooper said. “She was second to Aruna in the (Juddmonte) Spinster Stakes (gr. I). She’s going to go to (trainer) Graham Motion. She has a lot of class.”
Consigned by Bernard McCormack’s Cara Bloodstock, Pachattack was Hip No. 6 in the November auction’s catalog. She competed in the name of Druid Racing in the Breeders’ Cup and Spinster and in the name of M.V. Deegan the rest of the year while being trained by Gerard Butler.
Pachattack captured the Arlington Matron Stakes (gr. III) in May. In addition to her runner-up finish in the Spinster, she was second in the Personal Ensign Invitational Stakes (gr. I). She was a stakes winner in Canada and England in 2010.
Pachattack has finished first five times in her 26 career races and has earned $726,893. She is a half sister to added-money winner La Mina (by Mineshaft ) and is out of the stakes-placed winner El Laoob (by Red Ransom).
Dapple Broodmares 2004 bred Pachattack in Kentucky. She brought $270,000 from McKeever St Lawrence when offered by Dapple Stud, agent, at the 2007 Keeneland September yearling sale.
Roger’s Sue, the dam of grade I winner Turbulent Descent, who was fifth in this year’s Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I), was bought back for $1 million early in the Fasig-Tipton November sale. Consigned by Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent, she was Hip No. 13 in the catalog.
Grade II winner Sassy Image, Hip No. 17, was bought back for $1.475 million. Romans Racing & Sales, agent consigned her.