Godolphin move on 53 yearlings at Keeneland
Global reduction of Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock continued in the US
PICTURE: Getty Images Godolphin move on 53 yearlings at Keeneland
By Michele MacDonald 1:22PM 28 SEP 2016
WORKING within a Keeneland September Sale market that yielded overall declines compared to last year, Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin operation continued a global reduction of bloodstock by selling 53 yearlings in Lexington over the past two weeks for $2,819,500.
Beginning on the first day of the world's largest yearling marketplace and continuing through the 13th and final session on Sunday, Godolphin sold colts and fillies ranging in price from $600,000 to $2,500.
The average price for the yearlings, who were split among five consignors without mention in the catalogue of connection with Godolphin, was $53,198.
Godolphin spokesman James Clarke confirmed the overall sale results but did not offer further comment.
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A total of 64 yearlings bred by Godolphin had been catalogued at Keeneland but ten were withdrawn and one, a filly by Animal Kingdom, was listed as not meeting her reserve price. Others seemed to sell without reserves.
Purchasers reflected varied segments of the buying bench, from the large American racing stable of Gary and Mary West, which bought the $600,000 Bernardini colt out of a half-sister to Frosted, to farms including Frank Stronach's Adena Springs to trainers such as Eoin Harty, who has maintained a long-term working relationship with Godolphin.
Ben Glass, agent for the Wests, noted that the opportunity to buy well-bred horses owned by Sheikh Mohammed was unusual and added the Bernardini colt out of three-time winner With Sugar On Top, by Unbridled's Song, would make an outstanding stallion prospect if he is successful in racing. The colt's female family also includes champion and sire Midshipman.
The Bernardini colt was consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, which handled 16 of the Godolphin yearlings who were listed as sold for a combined total of $1,179,000. Taylor Made led all consignors for the overall sale with 282 horses sold for $32,899,300.
Of the yearlings Godolphin sold, 31 were fillies, including seven from the final crop by internationally successful sire and Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry, who died in 2014. The Street Cry fillies were topped by a bay out of a half-sister to Kentucky Oaks runner-up Shook Up who sold for $150,000 to Winter Quarter Farm as agent.
Most of the Godolphin offerings were by stallions standing in Kentucky for Sheikh Mohammed, although there were also three each catalogued by WinStar Farm stallions Distorted Humor and Tiznow.
Eight of the yearlings entered at Keeneland were by first-crop stallion and Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom, and seven were sold, topped by a filly for $70,000 who is out of a half-sister to the late Grade 1 winner and sire Yes It's True. An Animal Kingdom colt who is a half-brother to Eight Belles, the ill-fated filly who finished second in the Kentucky Derby, was sold for $42,000 to Korean interests.
Six of the Godolphin yearlings sold for six figures, including a pair by Discreet Cat, a $145,000 colt out of a stakes-winning Unbridled's Song half sister to champion and sire Vindication, and a $100,000 filly out of a sister to Bernardini. Adena Springs purchased the colt and the filly went to Arkansas-based owners Alex and JoAnn Lieblong.
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