Belle Watling brings $1.05 million

Belle Watling brings $1.05 million

Anne M. Eberhardt

Belle Watling Goes for $1.05M on Keeneland Day 2

Jane Lyon's Summer Wind Farm bought dam of graded winners Land Over Sea, War Story.

Jane Lyon's Summer Wind Farm went to $1.05 million at the Keeneland November Nov. 8 sale to acquire the daughter of Pulpit, who is the dam of grade 1-placed Land Over Sea and grade 2 winner War Story out of four foals to race. The mare is in foal to Medaglia d'Oro .

The 12-year-old daughter of Pulpit produced War Story, the Brooklyn Invitational Stakes (G2) winner who has earned more than $1.5 million and Land Over Sea, the Fair Grounds Oaks (G2) winner whose graded placings include a second-place finish in the Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1).

Belle Watling was offered as Hip 204 by Brookdale Sales, agent for Jack Swain.

"She is a beautiful and very sweet mare," said Lyon, who during the Nov. 7 opening session went to $1.4 million to purchase Weekend Whim, also in foal to Medaglia d'Oro. "I'm trying to buy producers and I'm 'two-for' right now. I'm very excited to have another producer in my band."

Brookdale's Freddy Seitz said the mare has all the qualities desired by major breeders.

"She had it all," Seitz said, adding that the price exceeded expectations. "She has the looks; she is such a pretty mare with a real pleasant outlook to her. She's easy to be around. We didn't think she was going to do that well but we're extremely happy for Jack Swain."

At the Nov. 6 Fasig-Tipton November sale, Brookdale and Swain teamed to sell Mesa Fresca, in foal to War Front , for $2 million to Cheveley Park Stud. Swain bred both War Story and Land Over Sea.

"He puts a lot of effort into his program and he and his agent Larkin Armstrong work hard and it's good to see them get rewarded," Seitz said.