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Havre de Grace (Saint Liam) and jockey Ramon Dominguez win the Gr I Beldame at Belmont Park 10/1/11

Havre De Grace:from the sole crop sired by Saint Liam

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Horse of the year Havre set for Fasig sale

LAST year's US horse of the year Havre De Grace will be offered by her owner Rick Porter of Fox Hill Farm at the Fasig-Tipton November breeding-stock sale.

In a statement on his website, Porter said: "I have decided to enter Havre de Grace in the Fasig-Tipton November sale this year.

"I had been planning on selling her there for some time and Mark Maronde of Keeneland has tried hard to have me sell her there but I had committed her to [Fasig-Tipton chief executive] Boyd Browning over a year ago.

"She is at Taylor Made and doing terrific. She will be a collectors item for some lucky owner."

Havre De Grace will likely command a huge price at auction. She took the scalp of Blind Luck when winning the Grade 2 Cotillion Stakes at three and also finished placed in the Grade 1 Alabama Stakes and Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic that season.

She blossomed at four last year, winning three Grade 1s - the Apple Blossom Handicap, the Woodward Stakes and Beldame Invitational Stakes - to earn horse of the year honours.

Havre De Grace was retired in April after sustaining an injury to her off-fore ankle after completing work at Churchill Downs.

Havre De Grace is from the sole crop sired by the ill-fated Breeders' Cup Classic winner Saint Liam and is out of a daughter of Carson City and Grade 2-placed mare Toll Fee.

Sheikh Mohammed's principal agent John Ferguson bought Havre De Grace's yearling half-brother by Bernardini for $1.2 million at Fasig-Tipton last year.

 

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