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This Unbridled's Song half-sister to Roman Ruler and El Corredor was the only $1million yearling to sell on Monday at Keeneland

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Unbridled's Song filly lights up Keeneland

JUST one yearling, a daughter of Unbridled's Song, broke the million dollar barrier during a subdued second session of the Keeneland September Sale in Lexington, Kentucky, on Monday, at which the average and median fell six and four per cent against the corresponding day in 2010.

However, thanks to the strong performance of the opening night, overall Book 1 figures finished virtually on a par with last year. All told, 129 horses were sold over the two days for a total of $45,600,000, up three per cent from 2010, and an average of $353,488, which represented a rise of one per cent. The median rose five per cent to $300,000.

Monday's session-topping Unbridled's Song filly is out of a mare, Silvery Swan, whose progeny prior to Monday had realised a total of $8.785 million during past renewals of this sale, and the latest offering upheld the family reputation by sellingto Mandy Pope of Whisper Hill Farm for $1 million.

The second million dollar yearling of the sale to be sold by John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale Farm following Sunday's $1.4 million topper, she is a half-sister to the Grade 1-winning and producing sires Roman Ruler and El Corredor as well as the Grade 1-placed juvenile Maimonides. It was such illustrious relations that prompted Pope, a prominent owner-breeder based in Florida, to make her first million dollar purchase at auction.

"Her pedigree is just wonderful," said Pope, "and if she can run anything like her brothers, then she has a home for life.

"I've never spent that kind of money on a horse before but I had her pegged to make around that. Her pedigree was a big factor - I have 26 mares and if something goes wrong in her racing career, then she still has every chance to become a good broodmare."




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