Hystericalady, a grade I winner and an earner of $2,390,556, is scheduled to be offered (as Hip No. 53) on the opening day of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale Nov. 3 in Lexington. She comes into the auction after a fifth-place finish in the Oct. 24 Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic (gr. I), which was won by the undefeated Zenyatta.
“She’s in the sale, but whether she gets sold or not is another story,” said Hystericalady’s trainer, Jerry Hollendorfer, who owns her in partnership with George Todaro and Rancho San Miguel, prior to the Breeders’ Cup. “If we don’t get our price, we won’t sell. I need to discuss that with Duncan Taylor (of Taylor Made Sales Agency) and my owners. We’ll decide (about the reserve), but we think she’s going to bring a good amount. She’s very ‘raceable’ right now. She’s five, and while we think this would be the proper time for her to become a broodmare, (2002 Horse of the Year) Azeri and others have gone on and raced (at the age of six).”
A daughter of Distorted Humor , Hystericalady scored in the 2007 Humana Distaff Stakes (gr. I) and has won seven other added-money events, including five grade II races.
“She’s been a pleasure to train; she’s been so sound,” Hollendorfer said. “She’s the soundest horse that I’ve ever trained. She got a little tiny fracture in her tibia once when we ran her at Delaware Park, and we gave her time off for that. There was no surgery at all; that’s the only time she has been off (because of injury).”
While Hollendorfer and his partners have mixed emotions about possibly selling Hystricalady, most of their feelings are positive.
“Certainly, we hate to see her leave the racetrack because we’ve been with her every day, and she’s part of our life,” the trainer said. “But, also, we know that whoever buys her is going to give her top quality care, and she’s going to be in the one of the nicest places that she could be, so we’ll be happy for her because of that. She’s going to go to a top farm.”
Hystericalady has won 11 of her 23 career races. She has finished second four times and third twice. She was entered in last year's Keeneland November sale, but was scratched.