All the horses sold Sunday were broodmares, broodmare prospects, or racing and/or broodmare prospects except for the Mr. Prospector stallion Larrupin', who was purchased by Ed Price for $13,000 from Green Willow Farms, agent for the Larrupin' Syndicate.Two mares, Cervante and Jezebella, shared top-priced honors, selling for $65,000 apiece. Timothy Ritchey purchased 6-year-old Cervante, who is in foal to Two Punch, from Mr. and Mrs. Rick Abbott's Charlton bloodstock agency, agent. Pandora Farms bought 5-year-old Jezebella, who is in foal to Hennessy, from Thomas J. Gallo Sales Agency, agent.Cervante (King's Theatre – Dame Ivor, by Sir Ivor) is an Australian-bred half-sister to stakes winners Saratoga Dame and Saratoga Dandy, both by Saratoga Six. Saratoga Dame is the dam of grade II winner Dollar Bill. Cervante's best effort on the track was a third in her three career races.Jezebella (by Wild Again) won once in nine races and is out of the stakes-winning Crafty Prospector mare For all Seasons.
The sale's second and final session, which features weanlings, is scheduled for Monday, beginning at 10 a.m. (EDT).
"Based on the number of people who have been looking and what they are saying, I think the weanlings are going to be stronger," Grasty said.