When Jeff Bloom came to Kentucky to shop the Keeneland November sale, he didn't expect to be leaving with Hip 1742, a Flatter mare named Dicey Flats. However after running into Mark Taylor, Bloom decided to privately purchase the mare who was consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, but was a $32,000 RNA when she was offered Nov. 12.
In addition to being a half sister to stakes winner and producer Bluesbdancing and in foal to Ashford Stud's Verrazano , Dicey Flats came with another added incentive—Taylor Made planned to give all proceeds from the mare's sale to Lexington Catholic High School's tuition assistance program.
"I just wanted to help out the cause," Bloom said, adding that he purchased Dicey Flats for $20,000. "I had run into Mark and I wasn't looking for that mare, but it was just one of those things—it was for a good cause and we'll add another mare to our broodmare band and help those guys. It was 100% tied into the cause."
Bloom, as agent, made seven other purchases at the sale through Nov. 13, topped by the $72,000 paid for Hip 2342, a Run Away and Hide filly out of the Kris S. mare Puype's Dream.
Bloom said Dicey Flats will go to New York and will be bred to Majestic City next.
"We'll hopefully have a nice New York-bred Verrazano baby and follow that up with a Majestic City baby," he said.
"I think it's a really great idea...The mare is in foal to Verrazano, so you've got a shot there with a new stallion to eventually get something good. It was an easy fit. Anytime organizations can think out of the box and be creative, I'm in favor of it."