French breeders join up for pricey Galileo filly
The $550,000 Galileo filly out of the well-related Better Not Cry
PICTURE: Fasig-Tipton Photo French breeders join up for pricey Galileo filly By Michele MacDonald 1:17AM 8 NOV 2016
A GROUP of French breeders including Nicolas de Chambure of Haras d'Etreham pounced early during the Fasig-Tipton November sale in Lexington on Monday to secure a Galileo filly foal out of a half-sister to Belmont Stakes winners Rags To Riches and Jazil as well as Breeders' Cup winner Man of Iron.
Agent Ghislain Bozo of Meridian International signed the $550,000 ticket for the filly, who was bred in Ireland by Elevage II, a partnership that has included Glen Hill Farm and consignor Hill ‘n' Dale Farms. The price was the highest paid for a weanling at the single-session sale.
"We bought this filly to race in the long-term," said Bozo, who along with de Chambure formed Meridian Racing Club to campaign racehorses in partnerships.
"She's a very nice filly, of course, and we really liked her. She comes from a beautiful family. She's a forward going filly, a big mover – athletic with a bit of class in her. Even though she was not perfect in conformation, we liked to take a chance on racing her."
De Chambure said that Etreham would join other clients of Bozo in racing the filly.
"A Galileo is expensive anywhere in the world," he said. "We just feel, in the long-term, she's a good investment for the farm. There will not be enough of Galileo in the long term, so it's good to have a few of them."
The price was somewhat more than the group had expected to pay.
"We were on our limit," Bozo said. "We thought she was going to bring something like $500,000. With that family, you have to go a bit further."
The bay filly was produced on April 17 by the placed Street Cry mare Better Not Cry, who was purchased by Elevage for $800,000 at Fasig-Tipton as a three-year-old in 2013.
Better Not Cry has one other foal, a yearling colt by Galileo who has not been offered at public auction.
Second dam of the filly is 2007 US Broodmare of the Year Better Than Honour, who set a world record price for a broodmare when she was auctioned at Fasig-Tipton during the global recession in 2008.
Southern Equine Stables bid $14 million for the daughter of Deputy Minister, although the operation already owned 70 per cent of the mare, who went through the ring to dissolve a partnership between Southern Equine and Hill ‘n' Dale.
Hill ‘n' Dale co-bred and raced Grade 1 winner Streaming and two other stakes winners from Better Than Honour's daughter Teeming.