LEXINGTON, KY (Sept. 13, 2017) — A Scat Daddy colt consigned by Anderson Farms, agent, sold to Coolmore’s M.V. Magnier for $1.1 million less than two hours after the start of Wednesday’s third session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale.
The colt is the first foal out of the Tapit mare Orchard Beach.
“He’s very lovely, looks like he’s going to be a fast horse, very good mover, he’s all quality,” Magnier said. “Mr. (David) Anderson (of Anderson Farms) said he was the best horse he ever had on the farm, so let’s hope he’s right. I would say most likely (the colt will go to Europe). It’s a lot of money for a horse. But he’s by the right sire that everybody wants, so I suppose he was he was entitled to it.”
“I’m more than thrilled — I mean this is over the top,” consignor David Anderson, who bred the colt, said. “It’s my first million-dollar horse, and I couldn’t ask for a better home for him. I just hope he goes on and does well for the connections. He’s going to one of the greatest trainers in the world.
“As the momentum built the last day, a lot of the proper players in the game were looking at the horse,” Anderson added. “I felt like the stars were aligned for a big price, I just didn’t know how much. (Scat Daddy) has been very good to me, and I got on the bandwagon late. He’s just been a tremendous sire and I think it’s evident with the prices of his yearlings.”
A Quality Road colt who is a full brother to Grade 2 winner Blofield sold to Magnier and White Birch Farm for $1 million. The son of the stakes-winning Storm Cat mare was consigned by Indian Creek, agent.
Dromoland Farm, agent, consigned a colt by Orb who sold for $1 million late in the session. He is out of the winning Tally Ho Dixie and is a half-brother to stakes winner Kyriaki. He is from the family of Grade 1 winners Stellar Jayne and Starrer.
A colt from the first crop of champion Will Take Charge sold to Willis Horton Racing for $975,000. Elm Tree Farm, agent, consigned the colt, a half-brother to 2017 Grade 2 winner Hunter O’Riley. Their dam is the Bernardini mare Obglige.
“We were absolutely not expecting that much,” Elm Tree’s Jody Huckabay said. “We don’t even wish that high. We knew we had a lot of people interested. He has always been a good one. We foaled him and raised him at our (Elm Tree Farm). The (catalog) update was huge. We were screaming at the TV when (Hunter O’Riley) was coming down the stretch (to win the Bowling Green-G2 at Saratoga on July 29).”
“He was bought for Mr. Horton, and Mr. Horton has Will Take Charge … this colt reminded him a lot of Will Take Charge,” said Case Clay, chief commercial officer of Three Chimneys Farm, where Will Take Charge stands. “He’s excited to have him; he’ll go to Steve Asmussen to train. (The colt) just stood like a statue, did everything right throughout the whole process. Checked all the boxes. (Having a graded stakes-winning half-brother Hunter O’Riley) helped, but it was mainly about the individual, and he reminded Mr. Horton a lot of Will Take Charge himself. We’ll hope for the best. (Breeder) Jody (Huckabay of Elm Tree Farm) raises a good horse.”
A daughter of Pioneer of the Nile consigned by Four Star Sales, agent, sold for $825,000 to Mick Ruis. She is out of the stakes-winning Bernardini mare R Gypsy Gold.
Shadwell Estate Company Ltd. paid $750,000 for the final yearling by War Front offered in the sale, a colt from the family of Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Giacomo consigned by Claiborne Farm, agent. The colt is out of the Grade 3-winning Empire Maker mare Stanwyck.
Shadwell also spent $700,000 for a son of Bodemeister from the family of Grade 2 winner Tapiture consigned by Gainesway, agent. The colt is out of the stakes-winning Tapit mare Remit.
Trainer Wesley Ward signed the ticket for $650,000 to purchase the session’s third horse in the sale ring.
Out of the Lucky Roberto mare Misty Lady (ARG), a Group 1 winner in South America, the filly was consigned by Elm Tree Farm, agent for Stonestreet Bred & Raised.
“This was my pick of the sale for the Queen Mary (G2 at Royal Ascot),” Ward said. “I’ve won it a few times, and I’m looking for a filly to do that. Dr. Jim Hay (and his wife) Fitri Hay, he’s the principal owner. I’ve been speaking with (breeder) Barbara (Banke of Stonestreet) many many times, and soon to be shortly again to see if she’ll come back in as a partner. But I love that filly. When you’re talking that quality, I knew we’d have to pay dearly for her. We’re hopefully going to put a nice partnership together, hopefully involving the breeder (Stonestreet).”