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Holy Bull Mare Tops Adena Auction

The Holy Bull mare Silent Bull topped the 11th Adena Springs broodmare sale.

The Holy Bullmare Silent Bull brought $130,000 to top the 11th Adena Springs broodmare sale at Fasig-Tipton Kentucky’s Newtown Paddocks Nov. 8.

This year, each of the cataloged mares was offered carrying her first foal. At past sales, each mare sold with a complimentary breeding to a pre-selected Adena stallion.

“The stallions have proven themselves,” said Andy Stronach, son of Adena Springs chief Frank Stronach. “We didn’t have many new horses; that’s why we didn’t give seasons. When you have new horses, you believe in them and you want to get them going so you sell them with seasons.”

Of the 104 hips offered, 101 mares found new homes. The gross was $1,726,000, which was down from last year’s figure of $2,313,500. Last year, 91 mares were offered and 88 sold. The average of $17,089 was down when compared with last year’s $26,290. The median of $10,000 was also down from $18,500. However, last year a stallion season came with each mare, making the numbers incomparable.

“We want to see people get good deals because then they come back and you build clientele,” Stronach said. “Some of these people got really good deals here. It is a tough business, but I think 80% of the people here will make money.

“Most of (the mares) sold with no reserve, so whoever bought them got fair market value.”

Eugenio Colombo, agent, purchased the sale topper, who is in foal to Awesome Again . Six-year-old Silent Bull is out of the multiple grade III-winning Silent Cal mare Silent Turn, who also produced the stakes-placed St. Jovite colt Quiet Assurance.

The second-highest priced mare of the evening was 4-year-old Prom Dancer. My Meadowview purchased the unraced Touch Goldmare for $100,000, and she is carrying a foal by Macho Uno.

All but two mares were sold in foal to stallions that stand at either Adena Springs Kentucky near Paris, Ky., or Adena Springs South near Williston, Fla.

“I wish everybody luck, and I hope they raise a grade I winner,” Stronach said. “We own the stallions and we are with them. We are still rooting for them.”

Adena Springs also reduced its breeding stock by about 200 mares at the Keeneland November mixed sale. Hidden Brook Farm consigned the mares, and multiple grade I winner Spun Sugar was the top-priced offering from that lot.

The 5-year-old Awesome Again mare, who is in foal to A.P. Indy, sold to Sheikh Hamdan’s Shadwell Farm for $4.5 million.