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Medaglia D'Oro Mare Makes $1.6 million At Keeneland

Keeneland’s opening session of the 2018 January Horses of All Ages Sale realised double-digit growth in gross, average and median prices.

Medaglia D'Oro Mare Makes $1.6 million At Keeneland

Keeneland’s opening session of the 2018 January Horses of All Ages Sale realised double-digit growth in gross, average and median prices.

The first session of the four-day sale was highlighted by the $485,000 paid by agent Steven W. Young for Bellavais, a stakes-winning daughter of Tapit from a successful female family developed and raced by Darby Dan Farm.

Consigned as a racing or broodmare prospect, Bellavais is a 4YO out of G3 winner La Cloche, by Ghostzapper.


La Cloche is out of the multiple G1 winner Memories Of Silver and is a half-sister to G1 winner Winter Memories.

Bellavais’ 3YO half-sister Tap Fever, by Tapit, scored her first victory on Sunday at Golden Gate and another member of the family Hawkish, a 3YO Artie Schiller gelding, was an impressive winner of his career debut Saturday at Gulfstream Park.

Young said he purchased Bellavais for an undisclosed client and that she would resume training with Todd Pletcher.

Keeneland sold 186 horses for $13,265,100, up 26.17 percent on last year’s first session when 163 horses grossed $10,514,000.

The average of $71,318 increased 10.57 percent from $64,503 in 2017 while the median of $45,000 rose 28.57 percent from $35,000.

Monday’s top-selling yearling at $400,000 was a first crop colt by Triple Crown winner American Pharoah from the French Deputy mare Air France.

A half-brother to G2 winners Smooth Air and Overdriven, he was purchased by Alex and JoAnn Lieblong.

Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services paid $375,000 for Stradivarius, a Street Cry half-sister to G1 winner Eskendereya and English G1 winner Balmont carrying her first foal by leading sire Medaglia d’Oro.

She is out of the winning Seattle Slew mare Aldebaran Light from the family of Kentucky Derby winner Cannonade.

With total purchases of $650,000, Japan’s Shadai Stallion Farm was Monday’s leading buyer.

Shadai paid $350,000 for Majestic Quality, a multiple graded stakes-placed daughter of Quality Road, and $300,000 for G2 winner Lady Fog Horn by Zavata.

Taylor Made Sales Agency was the session’s leading consignor, selling 31 horses for $2,786,500.

The highlight of Tuesday’s second session was the sale of the 6YO Medaglia D’Oro mare Mrs. McDougal.

She was the final lot through the ring with bloodstock agent Steve Young securing the mare for $1.6 million on behalf of an undisclosed client.

Young also signed the ticket on Monday’s session topper Bellavais.

Mrs. McDougal is a G2 winner for trainer Chad Brown and was placed in the GI Just A Game Stakes before she was sold privately and joined the Richard Mandella stable.

She was retired last November with a record of 15-5-0-3 and earnings of $496,736.

Coolmore went to $1 million to secure a yearling colt from the first crop of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.

The colt is a half-brother to Coolmore’s brilliant G1 winner Caravaggio (Scat Daddy).

American Pharoah’ also had a filly sell for $1 million at the Fasig-Tipton November sale. His Keeneland colt is the sixth most-expensive yearling in the history of the January Sale.

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