A weanling full sister to 2000 Horse of the Year and two-time Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) winner Tiznow sold for $950,000 early during Saturday's session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale. The ticket was signed by British bloodstock agent Dick O'Gorman, who wrote down the name of Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock manager, John Ferguson. According to O'Gorman, the daughter of Cee's Tizzy will be owned by the Maktoum family's Goldolphin racing operation. In this year's BC Classic, Tiznow edged Godolphin's Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (Fr-I) winner Sakhee by a nose.
Headley Bell of Nicoma Bloodstock in Lexington was the immediate underbidder.
The price is the second-highest for a weanling this year at the Central Kentucky auction. It is exceeded only by the $1.5 million brought by a Storm Cat--Better Than Honour filly on Nov. 5. On Nov. 6, the dam of Tiznow, Cee's Song, sold for $2.6 million to Gerry Dilger of Dromoland Farm. The mare was carrying a full sibling to Tiznow.
The $950,000 weanling is a well-developed, attractive bay who resembles Tiznow in her appearance. She also is a full sister to multiple graded winner Budroyale, a BC Classic runner-up. Craig and Holly Bandoroff's Denali Stud consigned the filly as agent. She was sold without a reserve to settle the estate of Cecilia Straub-Rubens, who raced Tiznow in partnership with Michael Cooper.
"She's an outstanding individual, and she's got the pedigree," O'Gorman said. "You always hope you are going to get them cheaper, but it doesn't work out that way with the right ones."
The filly will be sent to Sheikh Mohammed's Raceland operation near Paris, Ky., before going to Dubai.
"It (the price) was way past our pre-sale expectations," Craig Bandoroff said. "But once we got out here, people started throwing numbers and evaluations, and that was the range they were talking about. It's not what I expected. You try to keep your sights low because you learn the hard way it doesn't matter what you think, it matters what they think. Everybody thought she was a lovely filly, and she vetted."
Bandoroff said earlier in the week that he wished he had asked for the filly to be sold on the same day as her dam. But after the weanling brought $950,000, he wasn't sure how much difference the separation in the catalogue made in her price.
"In retrospect, you wish they had been together because you had the momentum of the deal," Bandoroff said. "But nobody is complaining about the price. We didn't sell her for a discount. That's a lot of money."
Because Bandoroff did not have a clear report about the weanling's physical appearance, he decided "to play it safe" and separate the mother and daughter, he said. "If she was a bad foal, she would have hurt the mare. I just didn't want to take that chance."
In all, 232 horses were sold on Saturday for a gross of $8,609,400, an average of $37,109, and a median of $25,000. The cumulative figures through six days of selling were 1,279 horses sold for a gross of $162,676,700, an average of $127,191, and a median of $50,000. The sale is scheduled to end on Thursday, Nov. 15.