A Medaglia d'Oro colt became the highest-priced horse ever sold at the Goffs Kempton ready-to-run sale in England when he brought £130,000 ($208,001 in U.S. funds) March 29. Maurice Sines purchased the bay 2-year-old from Willie Browne’s Mocklershill.
Bred by John Antonelli in California, the colt is out of the Robyn Dancer mare Dancingonice, who captured the 2000 Fiji Stakes at Hollywood Park and finished second in the 2001 Las Palmas Handicap (gr. IIT) and 1998 Blue Norther Stakes at Santa Anita Park. He is a half brother to the winner She’s Included (by Include ), who finished third in the 2006 Del Mar Debutante Stakes (gr. I).
The colt was a $65,000 buy-back when consigned, as a weanling, by Three Chimneys Sales, agent for John and Marsha Antonelli, to the 2009 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. Browne purchased the colt for the equivalent of $81,459 from Cooneen Stud, agent, at the 2010 Doncaster Bloodstock Sales premier yearling sale in August in England.
The results for this year’s edition of the Goffs ready-to-run sale included a gross of £1,600,500 ($2,560,820) for the 65 horses that were sold. The average price was £24,623 $39,397) and the median price was £20,000 ($32,000). All those statistics were up from 2010. The clearance rate was 83.3% for the 78 horses that were offered.
Last year, the 58 horses that were sold grossed £941,500 and averaged £16,232. The median was £12,500. The clearance rate for the 81 horses that were offered was 71.6%.