Lope De Vega: mare in foal to the dual French Classic winner was sold to Blue Bunting's breeder, Brad Kelley, for $185,000PICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Gains realised at F-T Kentucky Winter Sale
THE positive trend seen at the American winter mixed sales of 2011 -2012 was maintained on Monday in Kentucky as Fasig-Tipton's first auction of the year, the Kentucky Winter Mixed Sale, generated increases across-the-board.
A catalogue that contained 100 more horses than in 2011 was a contributory factor to the aggregate rising 47.5 per cent to $4,601,800 for 270 lots sold. However, the average and median also improved, rising 10.5 per cent and five per cent to $17,044 and $6,000.
The clearance rate rose marginally from 77 per cent to 78 per cent.
Ten horses sold for $100,000 or more, compared to six last year, led by Fancy Prancer, a stakes winning Bertrando mare in foal to Bluegrass Cat who sold for $200,000 to Blue Bunting's breeder, Brad Kelley.
The13-year-old mare has produced four stakes winners from her first five runners in Dakota Sue, Littlemiss Allison, Robo Willie and Miss Sassy Sue. She was sold by Paramount Sales.
Kelley, who operates the Kentucky-based Bluegrass Hall, also purchased the day's second top lot, Misty Daylight, who added an international flavour by selling in foal to Ballylinch Stud stallion Lope De Vega. Kelley privately paid $185,000 for the seven-year-old mare after she failed to sell in the ring for $195,000.
Misty Daylight hails from one of Edward 'Ned' Evans' most famous families, being a half-sister to stakes winner Quiet Dance, the dam of American Horse of the Year Saint Liam.
Progeny out of Quiet Dance sold for a total of $9.45 million during the Ned Evans dispersal at the 2011 Keeneland November Sale while those out of Misty Daylight's dam, Misty Dancer, realised a total of $2.33 million. Among them were two daughters of Quiet American - a weanling and a two-year-old - who were sold to Kelley for a total of $920,000.
James B. Keogh (Grovendale) sold Misty Daylight, a daughter of Seeking Daylight.
Lope De Vega's stud-mate, Intense Focus, was the covering sire of Shoes To Match, a young Songandaprayer mare who sold for $40,000 to Jill Pritchard.