Ferguson buys the
dam of Eight Belles
The ill-fated Eight Belles whose dam, Away, made $2.5m at the Keeneland Breeding Stock salePICTURE: Racing Post Staff
HIGHLIGHTS of Monday evening at Keeneland included the sale of Away, the dam of the ill-starred Kentucky Derby runner-up Eight Belles, to John Ferguson for $2.5m. Ferguson had previously purchased the most expensive first-session lot, the Grade 1 winner Hystericalady for $3m as well as paying $2.3m for Shadow Cast.
Away is believed tobe carrying a full-sibling to Eight Belles.
Other seven-figure purchases included a Bernardini filly foal whose grand-dam is the new record broodmare purchase Better Than Honour. Chesapeake Partners paid $1,475,000 to secure her.
Prince Mithab Bin Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, who bought the Grade 3 winner Kiss A Miss for $1.4m earlier in the day, struck again in the evening for 10-year-old mare Apasionata Sonata. The dam of Grade 2 winner Bsharpsonata - sold believed to be in foal to Bsharpsonata's sire Pulpit - set the son of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia back $1.5m.
Wild Gams, a five-year-old Grade 3-winning Forest Wildcat mare who was offered as a racing or broodmare prospect, was sold to Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings for $1m.
Having purchased the two most expensive lots, John Ferguson unsurprisingly led the buyers' table on day one. In total he b0ught six horses for $8,710,000, spending over $5m more than the next on the list, Katsumi Yoshida, who bought three for $3,200,000.