Wapi in the walking ring en route to bringing $1.05 million at the Keeneland November sale

Wapi in the walking ring en route to bringing $1.05 million at the Keeneland November sale

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Don Alberto, Three Chimneys Partner on Wapi

Chilean champion and grade 1 winner is in foal to Curlin.

The principles of Don Alberto Stable and Three Chimneys Farm each departed the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Del Mar with tangible proof their respective programs were on the upswing. 

Inside the Keeneland sales pavilion Nov. 8, the two entities decided to team up to see if they could keep their collective momentum going.

Don Alberto's Carlos Heller and Three Chimneys chairman Goncalo Torrealba paired up and made a strong impression early in the second Book 1 session of the Keeneland November sale when they went to $1.05 million to land Chilean champion Wapi.

Consigned by Hill 'n' Dale Sales, Wapi was the second mare through the ring Wednesday and succeed in waking up any drowsy attendants. The 5-year-old daughter of Scat Daddy is out of the group 1-placed mare We Can Leave and was the champion 3-year-old filly in her native Chile. 

Don Alberto and Three Chimneys joined forces for the first time, landing the chestnut mare in foal to champion and Hill 'n' Dale stallion Curlin 

"Goncalo approached us, approached Carlos to do the deal, and we are very happy to have mare from Chile, especially with a partner like Goncalo," said Fabricio Buffolo, executive director of Don Alberto. 

Don Alberto celebrated a Breeders' Cup triumph Nov. 3 when Battle of Midway, whom they own in partnership with WinStar Farm, captured the Las Vegas Dirt Mile (G1). One day later, it was Torrealba's turn to revel in success when Gun Runner —owned by Three Chimneys and Winchell Thoroughbreds—capped off a likely championship campaign with his stirring win in the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1).

"It's a South American partnership. We combined to have two Breeders' Cup winners. ...so we needed to get together and make more," Buffolo laughed, who added that mating plans for Wapi had yet to be determined.