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Baroness Thatcher top lot so far at $625,000

GRADED stakes winner Baroness Thatcher is the top seller thus far at Tuesday’s session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale. She sold for $625,000 to Katsumi Yoshida, who owns Northern Farm in Japan.

“She’s a broodmare, but she looks like a race mare,” said Shunsuke Yoshida, who signed theticket on behalf of his father. “We saw her two years ago here. We liked her but she broke our budget. We feel this was a good price for her, a bargain. We are really happy.”

Trainer Patrick Biancone, agent, boughtBaroness Thatcher for $1.8 million at the 2008 Keeneland November sale. Yoshida said they have not decided who the six-year-old Johannesburg mare will be bred to in 2011. She was offered in foal to Tiznow.
Last year, Shunsuke Yoshida signed the ticket on behalf of his father for 2002 Horse of the Year Azeri, who sold for $2.25 million.

Eaton Sales, agent, consigned Baroness Thatcher. She is out of the stakes-placed Gulch mare Natkeeta.

Several hips earlier, Eaton consigned Ash Zee, but the filly failed to sale when bidding stopped at $775,000. The three-year-old Exchange Rate filly is a half-sister to Wickedly Perfect, who won the grade 1 Alcibiades Stakes at Keeneland in October.
Ash Zee wasoffered as a racing or broodmare prospect.




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