A bay daughter of A.P. Indywas purchased by Sheikh Mohammed’s bloodstock advisor John Ferguson for $3.1 million during the opening session of the 2008 Keeneland September yearling sale Sept. 8. Through 156 hips, the $3.1 million price tag marks the most expensive yearling sold during the marathon sale’s first session.
Consigned by Gainesway, agent for Jess Jackson’s Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings, the colt was produced from the grade III winning Elusive Quality mare Chimichurri.
“She is a filly Sheikh Mohammed saw earlier today and both he and Princess Haya thought she was an absolute queen,” Ferguson said. “We have been very fortunate over the last few years with A.P. Indy, whether it be Bernardini, Music Note, and Little Belle, he is an absolute sensational sire. Chimichurri was a very fast mare herself and she had a lot of quality as does this filly. Really, she was a filly that we were very keen to have.”
Commenting on her price, Ferguson said, “I thought she was a strong enough individual with her pedigree that she was going to be one of the top fillies in the sale. What you do don’t know is if the top filly is going to make $2.5 million or $3 million or what price. I think it depends on everything.”
Ferguson said the filly oozed class, had a great shape and excellent conformation and looked like a real athlete. “She had what it takes,” he said.