A weanling half sister to 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta (by Street Cry) commanded $1.5 million and became the first horse sold for a six-figure price at this year's Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
Multiple Eclipse Award-winning breeder and owner Frank Stronach purchased the bay daughter of Henrythenavigator out of Vertigineux (by Kris S.) the morning of Nov. 7 during the auction's opening session in Lexington.
"What can I say? She is a half sister to a champion who was a great horse and she (the weanling) looks great physically," Stronach said. "We liked the pedigree, we liked the sire, and we liked the dam. It (the price) was something like we expected. She's one of a kind."
The fact that the weanling was a filly "maybe" enhanced her value," he added.
The racetrack mogul plans to race filly in the colors of his Adena Springs operation.
"She's a weanling; there is a long time to go," said Stronach when asked who would train the filly. "She'll stay at the farm most likely here or go to Florida."
Select Sales, agent, consigned the filly, which is a member of her sire's first crop. The weanling also is a half sister to grade I winner Balance (by Thunder Gulch ) and the stakes winner Where's Bailey (by Aljabr).
"We're very humbled and very thrilled to get the chance to sell her," said Select Sales' Andrew Cary. "Obviously, she was an amazing filly with an amazing pedigree. She's going to a great home with Frank Stronach. We were just very privileged to have been a small part of it."
Select Sales sold the weanling for Rick Jamieson's Gilgai Farm in Australia. Gilgai, which bred Australia's undefeated superstar Black Caviar, acquired the half sister to Zenyatta privately earlier this year.
The record for a weanling filly sold at Keeneland in November is $2.4 million (brought by Isla Canela in 2006). Only four fillies of her age have commanded more than Zenyatta's half sister at previous editions of the sale. The $1.5 million price for Zenyatta's half sister tied with the amount brought by Teeming in 2001.