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Rachel Alexandra wins the Fleur de Lis Handicap at Churchill Downs 12.06.2010

Rachel Alexander: her sister sold for $700,000

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Brazilian buyers swoop for $4.5m Pure Clan

MILLIONAIRE Pure Clan leads the way in today's second session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale after selling to Goncalo Borges Torrealba of TNT Stud for $4.5 million.

“We just loved her,” said the Brazil-based buyer. “You look at them and you like them or you don't. My people loved her and we are looking for good mares. I am buying for my family because now they are all crazy about racing and they decided we should race in America.”

Pure Clan was a Graded stakes winner on both dirt and turf. Her biggest scores came on the turf in the Grade 1 American Oaks and Flower Bowl Invitational Stakes. She will be sent to Robert Clay's Three Chimneys Farm, but breeding plans have yet to be decided.

“Robert and I will plan on breeding some nice horses together,” said Torrealba. “We are just getting started again in America but we have a long term plan.”

The seven-year-old mare was consigned by Hill 'n' Dale Sales Agency. She produced her first foal, a Smart Strike filly, this year and was offered in foal to Bernardini.




IT was a good day for consignor Hill 'n' Dale Sales Agency. A few hours after selling Pure Clan for $4.5 million, the operation sold Changing Skies for $4.2 million. They were the only two horses to sell for seven-figures during the second day of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

Nicolas de Watrigant's Mandore International Agency purchased Changing Skies for an undisclosed client. The Graded stakes winner is out of Magnificient Style, making her a full or half sister to the likes of Nathaniel, Playful Act and Great Heavens. The seven-year-old Sadler's Wells mare was offered in foal to Street Cry.

“It was a beautiful pedigree, and she is a very attractive mare,” said Mandore's Benoit Jeffroy. “If two people want the mare, there is a bidding war, but this was a good price for her. It has been really strong and they are making a lot of money, but we are very happy with what we got.”




Earlier in the day, Stonestreet Farm went to $700,000 to secure Samantha Nicole at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

The yearling, who was offered as part of the Dolphus C. Morrison dispersal, is better known as the full sister to 2009 North American Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra. That champion was campaigned by Stonestreet during the second half of her career.

“I have done well buying sisters,” said Stonestreet's Barbara Banke. “I have (graded stakes winner) Kauai Katie and Malibu Cougar, who are full sisters. We are trying to build families in the breeding operation, and it is hard to get those great pedigrees.”

Banke's late husband Jess Jackson purchased Rachel Alexandra privately after her 20 ¼ length victory in the 2009 Kentucky Oaks. She went on to beat the boys the Preakness Stakes, Haskell, and Woodward en route to end of year on honors.

Samantha Nicole was consigned by Gainesway, agent. The bay filly is by Medaglia d'Oro and is out of the stakes-winning Roar mare Lotta Kim. Although many expected the filly to sell for seven-figures, she has been diagnosed with sesamoiditis, which is inflammation of the sesamoid bone.

“That put people off, and obviously it would put me off a little bit too if I wasn't so familiar with her full sister,” said Banke.




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