By Dierdre B. Biles and Esther Marr
Glasgow's Gold, the dam of grade I-winning millionaire Swift Temper, equaled the $300,000 high price so far at the Jan. 11 session of the Keeneland horses of all ages sale.
Kentucky horseman Olin Gentry of Gaines-Gentry Thoroughbreds signed the ticket on behalf of a client of Kentucky bloodstock agent Omar Trevino in the name Byer Patch Farm. Glasgow’s Gold, a 14-year-old daughter of Seeking the Gold, is in foal to Indian Charlie.
The transaction involved one partner, Larry Byer, buying out the other according to Trevino.
Trevino, reached in the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport by telephone, said he was unable to attend the auction’s first session because of weather delays while returning from a trip to California to “look at 2-year-olds.”
Glasgow’s Gold, was owned by Byer in partnership with Richard Nip. Byer, who lives in Ohio, now owns 100% of the winning mare.
The partners decided to put Glasgow's Gold in the auction because of the recent success of Indian Charlie as a stallion and also because “Richard was doing some different things and Mr. Byer was doing the same,” Trevino said. “Mr. Byer was intent on owning 100% of the mare.”
Trevino said he thought Glasgow’s Gold would “bring a little more.” Several years when the mare didn’t produce a live foal (2006-2008) “dinged her a little bit,” he said, adding that the weak economy also was a factor in the lower-than-expected price.
A daughter of the millionaire Slew o' Gold mare Gorgeous, Glasgow’s Gold is a half-sister to French stakes winner Stunning (by Nureyev) and grade II producer Dreamboat (by Mr. Prospector). Glasgow Gold’s second dam, Kamar (by Key to the Mint), was named champion 3-year-old filly in Canada and was voted 1990 Kentucky Broodmare of the Year.
Bred in Kentucky by Robert N. Clay of Three Chimneys, Glasgow’s Gold is also from the female family of Canadian champion Key to the Moon, Eclipse Award winner Golden Attraction, Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) winner Seaside Attraction, French champion Desert Lord, and international champion Fantastic Light.
All five of Glasgow’s Gold’s foals to race are winners, including Croisiere (by Capote), a stakes winner in the United States and Germany. Swift Temper, whose big win came in the 2009 Ruffian (gr. I) at Belmont Park, retired from racing at the end of that season with earnings of nearly $1.3 million. Owned by Mark Stanley, she was bred in Kentucky by Richard Nip and Trevino.