Weanling Has Zenyatta/'Caviar' Connection

Gilgai Farm, the breeder of undefeated Australian superstar Black Caviar, also is the owner of the weanling half-sister to 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta that is slated to be offered at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale Nov. 7 as Hip No. 36. Select Sales, which will consign the filly, issued a press release about her ownership Nov. 5.

Owned by Rick Jamieson, Gilgai Farm is located in Victoria, Australia. Mr. Jamieson is heavily involved in the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, so he won't be able to attend the Keeneland sale. Gilgai will be represented at Keeneland by bloodstock advisor Dermot Farrington.

Black Caviar, the highest-rated sprinter in the world, improved her career record to 16 wins against no defeats with a victory in the Patinack Farm Classic (Aust-I) at Flemington Nov. 5. Helsinge, the dam of Black Caviar, has a yearling filly by Redoute's Choice, a weanling colt by that same sire, and is in foal to Bel Esprit, carrying a full sibling to Black Caviar.

The weanling half-sister to Zenyatta, winner of both the Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) and Ladies’ Classic (gr. I) during her career, is by Henrythenavigator. She was acquired privately by Farrington for Gilgai. She is also a half sister to multiple grade I winner Balance, whose first foal by A.P. Indy, topped the Keeneland September yearling sale last year at $4.2 million.

''We felt that with the Edward P. Evans and Saud bin Khaled dispersals taking place at Keeneland, along with the Breeders' Cup being held in Louisville, that the timing was perfect to sell this filly with so many important domestic and foreign breeders in town for the sales,” said Andrew Cary, Select Sales’ general manager. “It truly is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to purchase some of the best bloodstock in the world and it promises to be an incredible sale."
 

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