Magicalmysterycat, purchased by WinStar Farm from Eaton Sales for $1.7 million at Tuesday's Keeneland January sale session.

Magicalmysterycat, purchased by WinStar Farm from Eaton Sales for $1.7 million at Tuesday's Keeneland January sale session.

Anne M. Eberhardt

Storm Cat Filly Brings $1.7 Million at Keeneland

Magicalmysterycat, a 4-year-old multiple grade II winning daughter of Storm Cat, became the first seven-figure transaction of the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages sale when she was purchased by WinStar Farm for $1.7-million Tuesday.

The chestnut filly produced from the multiple grade II winner Nannerl (by Valid Appeal) was consigned by Eaton Sales, agent for Anne and Satish Sanan's Padua Stables. Padua had paid $1.1 million for Magicalmysterycat at the 1998 Keeneland September yearling sale. Trained by Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas, Magicalmysterycat's victories included the Schuylerville and Landaluce Stakes, both grade II, as a 2-year-old.

Magicalmysterycat was consigned as either a racing or broodmare prospect, and WinStar Farm manager Rich Decker said the filly will be sent to the farm "and have a good life." Decker said WinStar's owners would like to have obtained the filly for around $1-milllion, but noted "that was pie in the sky" optimism. Magicalmysterycat was purchased in the name of Lisa Troutt, wife of Kenny Troutt, who owns WinStar in partnership with Bill Casner.

Keeneland reported 223 horses sold Tuesday for $15,769,000, an average price of $70,713 and a median of $28,000. The 76 horses bought back represented 25% of the 299 through the ring. During the comparable session one year ago, 245 horses were sold for a gross of $37,017,200. The average was a whopping $151,091 and the median was $50,000. During last year's second session, Mackie was sold for a January sale record price of $5 million.

After the first two sessions this year, Keeneland reported 424 horses sold for a gross of $27,431,500, an average of $64,697, and a median price of $27,000.

Eaton and Padua also teamed to sell the session's second-highest priced offering, My Last Alibi, who was purchased by J.M.J. Stables for $750,000. The 4-year-old daughter of Deputy Minister is a half-sister to multiple grade I winner November Snow and to grade III winner Scatmandu. Nadia Sanan, the daughter of Padua's owners, said the horses were sold as part of the stable's business plan. She said Padua sells at public auctions to pare down the number of horses they own.

During Monday's opening session, Multimara, a stakes-producing daughter of Arctic Tern, brought the top price of $600,000 when purchased by the BBA (England. An 11-year-old mare who produced Imperial Beauty, the highweighted 3-year-old filly on the European Handicap in 1999, Multimara was sold by Loch Lea Farm, as agent for the complete dispersal of C.E.S. Racing.

Multimara had been covered by Dynaformer during the 2000 breeding season but was believed not to be in foal. Joss Collins, who signed the ticket for the mare, said Multimara would be sent to Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky., indicating the mare was purchased on behalf of the powerful Coolmore Stud, which owns Ashford.

Keeneland reported 201 horses sold for $11,662,500, an average price of $58,022 and a median of $26,000. During the corresponding session in 2000, Keeneland reported 240 horses sold for $10,880,600, an average of $45,336 and a $27,000 median price. The 94 horses that did not sell Monday because they did not attain their reserves represented 31.86% of the 295 horses through the ring.

Those figures would have been higher were it not for some high-priced buybacks. Diamond White, a group II winner in France and a stakes winner in England, was bought back for $750,000. Offered as a racing or broodmare prospect, the 6-year-old daughter of Robellino was consigned by Peter Scott. Gossip, a stakes-winning daughter of Pleasant Colony in foal to Deputy Minister, was bought back for $575,000 as part of the Middlebrook Farm consignment. Also bought back for $575,000 was Silent Eskimo, a millionaire multiple graded stakes winner offered by Taylor Made Sales Agency as a racing or broodmare prospect.

Monday's second-highest price of $550,000 had been paid by Vinery LLC for England's Rose, a 4-year-old daughter of Nureyev sold as a broodmare prospect. Bates Newton, representing Vinery, said the mare would be owned by a partnership put together by Vinery.

The sale continues Wednesday.

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