A Street Cry colt from the family of Horse of the Year Zenyatta was purchased by Irish bloodstock agent John McCormack for $750,000 as the second session of the Keeneland September yearling sale continued to roll along at a solid pace Sept. 12. Bred by Mrs. Jerry Amerman, the colt out of the Thunder Gulch mare Balance was consigned as Hip No. 147 by Mill Ridge Sales.
A year ago, Balance's first foal, by A.P. Indy, was the most expensive yearling sold in North America when topping the September sale. Benjamin Leon went to $4.2 million to buy the colt.
Raced by John and Jerry Amerman, Balance won three grade I races, earning more than $1 million. She is a half sister to Zenyatta, last year's Horse of the Year. Zenyatta is by Street Cry.
“He’s a very strong, powerful colt that is very agile in his walk,” Mill Ridge’s Headley Bell said of the chestnut yearling prior to sale. “He has a lot of presence and we’re very pleased with how he’s responded to this environment.”
Vertigineux, the winning daughter of Kris S. who is the colt’s second dam, produced Horse of the Year and $7.3 million earner Zenyatta as well as stakes winner Where’s Bailey.
The Amermans are part of the group that paid $1.4 million for an A.P. Indy colt that topped the Sept. 11 first session of the Keeneland sale.