Sweet Dreams, a daughter of Bernadini, brought the sweet price of $500,000 during the second session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. March select sale of 2-year-olds in training in Central Florida. David Ingordo, in the name of Lane’s End Bloodstock, purchased her March 16 for a client whom he declined to identify. The dark bay or brown juvenile is the most expensive filly sold so far during the auction.
“The filly will be in California,” he said. “The man who will own her is a very private individual, but he’s not new to the racing game. He’s building a broodmare band. He’s got a very good filly racing right now and he’s trying to add to his collection. Bernardini is one of the top stallions and she was flawless. We’re very excited to have her.”
Ingordo was standing with California-based trainer John Sadler during the bidding.
“She was the best filly in the sale; she has all the tools,” Ingordo said. “She vetted clean, jumped through all the hoops, and is the right type. The price is at the top end of our budget, but she’s a top-end filly. We were prepared to go to that number and then I don’t think we had much gas left in the tank.”
Sweet Dreams worked an eighth of a mile in :10 2/5 prior to the auction. Produced from the unraced Unbridled mare Turbo Dream, she is a half sister to Dream Rush (by Wild Rush), the winner of five added-money events, four of which were graded. She captured the 2007 editions of the Darley Test (gr. I) and Prioress (gr. I) Stakes.
Niall Brennan Stables consigned the Sweet Dreams as agent for her breeder, Peter Blum.
“We are very happy,” said Niall Brennan, who is an OBS director. “I knew I was bringing a real gem here when I picked this sale for her. I thought she was going to be the only Bernardini in the sale -- and she was -- and I wanted her to be here to showcase the sale. I had a lot of confidence in the filly; I don’t think it mattered where we sold her. She’s been a beauty since the day we first put the tack on her. She exudes class.”
Sweet Dreams was bred in Kentucky and had not been offered previously at public auction.