Godolphin to cut back on bloodstock
Sheikh Mohammed: 60 Darley-bred yearlings offered at Keeneland
PICTURE: Getty Images Godolphin to undergo significant cutbacks
By Michele MacDonald 2:45PM 16 SEP 2016
THE cutbacks being made to Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin operation, which began earlier this year in Australia and continued at the Tattersalls July Sale, have now encompassed more than 60 yearlings who are being offered throughout the ongoing Keeneland September Sale.
"There are some very nice offerings, they're horses who have real chances to be very good racehorses," said Dan Pride, chief operating officer of the organisation's American base in Kentucky that currently maintains a broodmare band of 200.
The yearlings have been consigned through Taylor Made, Bluewater, Brookdale and Blandford Stud sales agencies and were sired by many of the operation's leading stallions including Medaglia D'Oro, Bernardini, the late Street Cry, Elusive Quality, Street Sense and first-crop stallion Animal Kingdom.
"You've got to use your own selective criteria about what you want to put in training and what you're going to sell," commented Pride.
"By no means do we think we have the magic formula as to the ones we're selling are not going to be racehorses and the ones we're keeping are," he went on. "I'm positive that there will be good horses coming from the drafts we're selling, but we just had to come up with a manageable amount we'd like to keep."
In determining which Godolphin-bred yearlings and other horses were to be sold, Pride said he has been the point person for the American operation, with president Jimmy Bell, director of farm operations Michael Banahan and Stonerside division manager Bobby Spalding also participating. Stonerside, a 2,000-acre property in Paris, Kentucky, houses mares, foals and yearlings.
"It's a team effort. We all sit down and discuss the horses, and we have to make very subjective decisions based on what we see. The racetrack is going to be the ultimate arbiter of whether we were right or wrong," Pride said. "And we're going into this knowing there is a high probability that a good horse will be sold from this yearling draft."
Pride and others from Godolphin have been encouraging buyers at Keeneland who have asked about the yearlings to request any information they might desire.
"There's no information we won't share," he said. "The beauty of a horse auction is that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. What we think may be the one to sell, someone else is going to be very happy to get, and they're going to have a legitimate shot to have a racehorse."
Through the three sessions of Keeneland's Book 1, Godolphin had five yearlings catalogued with one withdrawn. Four were sold for a total of $197,000, with the top price of $150,000 paid for a Street Cry filly out of a daughter of Grade 1 winner Sugar Shake, who produced Kentucky Oaks runner-up Shook Up. Winter Quarter Farm, agent, was listed as the buyer of the Street Cry filly.
At the Tattersalls July Sale, Godolphin sold 72 fillies and mares for a total of 4,393,500gns.
Topping the Tattersalls draft was the three-year-old Street Cry filly Carte De Visite, a half-sister to European champion miler and Breeders' Cup Classic winner Raven's Pass from the family of European champion filly Rainbow View. BBA Ireland bought her for 270,000gns.
In Australia, Godolphin sold 33 fillies and mares at the Inglis sale of broodmares and weanlings in May, with prices ranging from A$600 for the unraced three-year-old Reset filly Estrelita to A$115,000 for the winning four-year-old Medaglia D'Oro filly Nazca, a half-sister to Australian Derby runner-up Tupac Amaru and out of a half-sister to In The Wings.
Additionally, Australian media reported last month that Godolphin sold a Sydney area mansion, where their Australian manager Henry Plumptre had lived, for more than A$6 million.