By Deirdre B. Biles, Leslie Deckard, and Ron Mitchell
With about 40 hips remining in the second session of the Keeneland September yearling sale, a son of A.P. Indy out of the Halo mare Taegu continues to top the session with a price tag of $1.5 million. The second highest price of the day--$1.25 million--was paid for a daughter of Giant's Causeway.
The session's top-priced offering through 456 hips was purchased by Rick Nichols of Shadwell Farm.
A half-brother to grade II stakes winner Classic Elegance (by Carson City), the son of A.P. Indy was consigned as the property of Greg Goodman’s Mt. Brilliant Farm.
“He had a nice upcoming pedigree, and was a nice individual,” Nichols said after signing the ticket. “He is just a nice, strong colt, very correct and had good bone to him.”
Nichols said he was unsure of what the colt would bring before the sale, but the price was in line with what he expected. “I didn’t know what he would do, but I felt he could go up if the right people were on him.”
The colt will go to the New York barn of trainer Kiaran McLaughlin.
The second highest price of the day belongs to a daughter of Giant's Causeway out of the Chief Singer mare Alidiva. The filly, who was consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, is named Alioonagh and was purchased by Troy Steve Bloodstock.
Charles Wacker bred in the filly in Kentucky.
Alioonagh is a full sister to grade II winner Oonagh Maccool and is a half-sister to French group II winner Taipan (by Last Tycoon), English champion Ali-Royal (by Royal Academy), English champion Sleepytime (by Royal Academy).
Bill Casner and Kenny Troutt’s WinStar Farm, under the name Maverick Racing, went to $1.2 million to purchase a son of farm stallion Distorted Humor out of the English group I winning Nureyev mare Crystal Music.
The colt, bred in Kentucky by Watership Down Stud, is a is from the family of English group II winner Dubai Success.
“We think Distorted Humor is the best stallion in the world and we like to support him, but this horse just had it all… great physical, out of group I winner, and by a great sire,” said Doug Cauthen, president of WinStar Farm. “Now, with Polytrack, this horse looks like a horse that can run on dirt, turf, or Polytrack. And the Distorted Humors seem to run on any surface, so he just looked like a horse that we had to support.”
Cauthen said it was too early to make a decision on a trainer for the colt.
Concerning the state of the market, Cauthen said, “I think there is some restraint by everybody and it is a function of the economy. Everybody is being a little price sensitive. But, like always, the good horses are selling well like this horse indicated.”
For her family's Padua Stable, Nadia Sanan Briggs went to $1.2 million for a son of Giant's Causeway out of the Mr. Prospector mare Debit Account. WinStar Farm bred the colt in Kentucky.
Four Star Sales, agent, consigned the colt to the auction.
Legends Racing purchased a half-brother to Horse of the Year and stallion Point Given for $1.2 million. The chestnut colt is by Storm Cat out of the Turkoman mare Turko’s Turn.
Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, consigned the colt to the sale. He was bred in Kentucky by MacDonald Stables.
Legends also went to $1 million to purchase a son of Mr. Greeley out of the Storm Cat mare Tempest Dancer. The chestnut colt is a half-brother to grade III stakes winner Windrush and is from the family of grade I winner Sardula.
Charlotte Weber’s Live Oak Plantation, which was the immediate underbidder on the $3.1-million top-priced A.P. Indy – Chimichurri filly during the first session, made a successful bid for a $1,150,000 Giant’s Causeway colt. Produced from the 13-year-old winning Kris S. mare Vertigineux, the yearling is a half-brother to grade I winners Zenyatta and Balance. He also is a half-brother to stakes winner Where’s Bailey.
“I don’t there was much about him for us not to like,” said Bruce Hill, who was sitting with Weber. “I think everything about him pretty much fit the bill – top to bottom, pedigree and conformation. He just ticked all the boxes.”
Hill said a decision about who would train the colt would be made later.
Winter Quarter Farm consigned the chestnut yearling as agent for Maverick Productions.
The seven-figure show began when an A.P. Indyfilly out of the grade I-winning Smart Strike mare Shadow Cast was purchased by agent John Ferguson for $1-million.
Consigned by Lane’s End, the filly was bred by Farish and Farish TGP. The filly is the first foal out of Shadow Cast, who included the grade I Personal Ensign among her nine career wins. She had a Storm Cat colt this year.
"She (Shadow Cast) is a great mare, and she (the yearling) was another real quality A.P. Indy filly," said Ferguson, who is Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock manager. "The long and the short it is that, really, it's a repeat of the ($3.1 million) Chimichurri (yearling) yesterday in that she's a real classy individual out of a top mare and by a great stallion. Sheikh Mohammed described her as looking like a Saluki, which is a thing that is very dear to his heart. It is a particularly beautiful dog and fast."