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Better Than Honour breaks broodmare record

BETTER THAN HONOUR, dam of consecutive Belmont Stakes winners - Jazil and champion Rags To Riches - set a new world record for a broodmare sold at auction on Sunday when selling for $14 million at the one-day Fasig-Tipton November Sale.

The mare, the last though the ring, was purchased by part-owner Michael Moreno of Southern Equine who bought out partner John Sikura's Hill ‘n' Dale Farm. Sikura also bid for the mare but cried enough at $10 million.

Her price shattered the previous record for a broodmare of
$10.5 million given by Sheikh Mohammed for Playful Act at last November's Keeneland Sale. She is also the second most expensive thoroughbred sold at auction behind only The Green Monkey who fetched $16 million at the 2006 Fasig-Tipton Florida select sale of two-year-olds.

Better Than Honour's salewas part of a dispersal of the joint holdings of Southern Equine and Sikura and prior to the sale Moreno owned 70 per cent of the 12-year-old daughter of Deputy Minister.

The mare, winner of the Demoiselle Stakes-Gr2 and a daughter ofthe Grade 1-winning mare Blush With Pride, was voted 2007 Kentucky Broodmare of the Year. Apart from the two Belmont Stakes winners, she is also dam of the Peter Pan Stakes-Gr2 winner and Breeders' Cup runner Casino Drive.

She was sold not in foal having slipped this spring and Moreno reported that she is likely to visit AP Indy, sire of Rags To Riches in 2009. She has a two-year-old colt called Man Of Iron and a yearling both by Giant's Causeway. Moreno also reported that he had been prepared to pay even more in order to secure the mare.





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