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Keeneland session lit up by $675k Storm Cat filly

THE dispersal of the entire yearling stock from the influential Overbrook Farm continued to stir demand at Keeneland's September Sale and Thursday's session, the fourth of 14, was ignited by a $675,000 sale of one of the Kentucky farm's homebred daughters of Storm Cat.

Westrock Stables emerged victorious for the filly after fighting off three other determined buyers, including Tom Goff of Blandford Bloodstock.

As with Westrock's $750,000 purchase on Monday, this filly will join the barn of legendary trainer D. Wayne Lukas, who sent out Decelerator to capture the Grade 3 Debutante Stakes at Churchill Downs for the outfit earlier this year.

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D. Wayne Lukas: will train top lot

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"She was my top pick of the sale and we were really surprised to see her catalogued this far back," said Scott Ford of Westrock.

"There's no doubt that it's a buyers' market, but there was a three-way fight for this one and it was tough to get her."

Lukas explained that the filly, who is out of Grade 3-winning Dynaformer mare Winendynme, came in "right in at the mark we expected" before he quipped: "Two years ago, you would have gone a whole lot further!"

Lukas added: "I trained Storm Cat's dam, Terlingua, and Dynaformer, and it's not often you see that cross, or a Storm Cat bred to go over a route of ground. Hopefully she'll go two turns."

The pair later went to $600,000for a Medaglia D'Oro half-brother to stakes winner Saturday's Child from Indian Creek. The colt extended the strong run of his sire at this sale who was also responsible for Wednesday's $1.3m session-topper.
Goff had earlier come out second best for a strong son of Tiznow, who sold to agent Ben Glass for $410,000 following a spirited bidding duel.

Warrendale Sales consigned the colt, who is a grandson of European standout Shake The Yoke, on behalf of Spendthrift Farm inKentucky.

"He was just a good individual with a lot of his damsire, Storm Cat, about him and of course that cross has worked before with Folklore," said Glass. "He was probably good value but you're not going to be able steal a good horse here. Good horses are still making money."




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