Patrick Biancone at the Keeneland November Sale.

Patrick Biancone at the Keeneland November Sale.

Anne M. Eberhardt

Biancone Buys Baroness Thatcher

Trainer Patrick Biancone went to $1.8 million to acquire grade III winner Baroness Thatcher during the late portion of day two of the 2008 Keeneland November breeding stock sale Nov. 4 at the Central Kentucky auction house.

Baroness Thatcher was consigned by Eaton Sales on behalf of Ahmed Zayat’s Zayat Stables, which consigned about 70 horses, weanlings, broodmares, and racing and stallion prospects to the auction.

Baroness Thatcher made nine starts for the French-born trainer, which included a win in the Santa Ysabel Stakes (gr. III). She was transferred to his assistant, Francois Parisel, for one start—in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint—when Biancone reached a settlement agreement with the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority (now known as the Kentucky Racing Commission) in October 2007 after cobra venom was found in his barn at Keeneland. The agreement prevented Biancone from training horses for six months, while agreeing not to seek a trainer’s license for an additional six months. He was permitted to train horses on private property.

In April, the KRC alleged Biancone violated the terms of his suspension agreement. Both sides agreed in August to extend the suspension through Oct. 31, 2008.

Baroness Thatcher ultimately ended up in the barn of trainer Bill Mott and most recently won an allowance race at Keeneland Oct. 11.

Biancone said the daughter of Johannesburgout of the Gulch mare Natkeeta was for a group of new clients. Sally Anderson bred the filly in Kentucky.

 “This is emotional because I love her,” Biancone said of the 4-year-old filly. “She was a great horse, and I hope she can keep doing some more for us.”

The trainer said Baroness Thatcher will most likely head to California for the winter.