Someone wanting to play percentages for yearlings selling for $1 million or more may need to look no further than the broodmare band of husband/wife breeders Aaron U. and Marie D. Jones.
Four yearlings bred by the Joneses have sold for $1 million or more this year, including the sale-topper at the Aug. 6 first session of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga select yearling sale and three in the first two sessions of the Keeneland September yearling sale, which began Sept. 10.
Frank Taylor of Taylor Made, which boards the Joneses' mares and consigns their sale entries, said the results are noteworthy.
“Twenty broodmares is all we keep,” Taylor said Sept. 11 while sitting between the Joneses in the Keeneland sale pavilion. “And how many $1-million yearlings did we get? We had one at Saratoga, one yesterday, and two today. Not bad for 20 mares.”
Tops among the Jones yearling production this year is the $2.6 million paid Sept. 11 by John Ferguson for an Unbridled’s Song colt out of the Storm Cat mare Zing, who is a full brother to grade II winner Half Ours.
Also sold Sept. 11 was a full sister to champion sprinter Speightstown , a Gone West filly out of the Storm Cat mare Silken Cat that went for $1.5 million to Live Oak Plantation.
Additionally, an A.P. Indy colt out of the Deputy Minister mare Arabis sold for $1.2 million to Ferguson Sept. 10, while the Saratoga first-session topper was a colt son of Unbridled’s Song out of the grade I winner Riboletta that sold to Ferguson for $1.05 million.
Taylor said Jones has 23 stalls at Taylor Made, and when the broodmare band exceeds that, one has to go.
“But if they were undefeated, I’d probably find some place to keep them,” Aaron Jones said with a smile.
Five other Jones-bred horses sold through Taylor Made in the first two Keeneland sessions brought a combined $1,815,000, yielding an overall sale average of $889,375 for the couple through the opening two days. Two others cataloged were outs, while one did not meet its reserve.