Miss Isella lights up Keeneland at $1.085m
TRADING on day two of the Keeneland January Sale in Kentucky stepped up a gear on Tuesday thanks in part to a quartet of high-priced mares and fillies.
By contrast to Monday's quiet session, the second day of trading produced gains in aggregate and average as well as the sale's first seven figure lot in triple Grade 2 winner Miss Isella, who sold to Frank Stronach's Adena Springs for $1,085,000.
All told, 228 horses were sold for a total of $11,401,200, a 25 per cent increase from the corresponding session last year, and average of $50,005, which represented a 15 per cent rise. However, the median dropped 24.5 per cent to $20,000.
"We anticipated that today's session would have more activity, given some of the horses in play. That was borne out in sales of $1 million and $950,000, which matches last year's sales topper," said Keeneland Director of Sales Geoffrey Russell.
"We had several other horses sell well into the six-figure range, another indication that there is a market for quality."
Grade 2 heroine Miss Isella topped the day at $1.085mPICTURE: Z/Keeneland
Miss Isella was one of the last horses campaigned by Elaine Jones' Domino Stud in Lexington, which has been steadily dispersing its stock over the past year. Under the tutelage of Ian Wilkes, the daughter of Silver Charm won three Grade 2 races and ran second in the Grade 1 Go For Wand Handicap.
According to Stronach, who had to fight off Mandy Pope of Whisper Hill Farm in Florida for the five-year-old, Miss Isella will be bred to his resident stallion Ghostzapper.
Gio Ponti's Grade 1-placed half-sister Bon Jovi Girl narrowly failed to hitthe seven figure mark, selling for $950,000 to Craig Bandoroff of Denali Stud on behalf of an undisclosed client.
The daughter of Malibu Moon will head to Bill Mott's barn to continue her racing career.
"She was bought for a long-term broodmare program, but we watched her (race) videos and talked to Billy (Mott) about her races," said Bandoroff. "Every time you lead her over there she's a racehorse.
"She's only four-years-old. A couple of years ago you'd retire them and breed them. Now you go out there and see if you can earn some money. We'd like to have her at Denali Stud soon, but we'll let them (the new owners) go have some fun first."
Other lots in demand included recent Busanda Stakes heroine Age Of Humor, who sold to Twin Creeks Farm for $350,000, and multiple stakes winner Authenicat, who sold to Vinery for $300,000.
Among the European buyers in action was Johnny McKeever, whose purchases included Princess Margaret Stakes heroine Saintly Speech at $75,000, Emerald Bloodstock, who went to $130,000 for a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Bevo, and BBA Ireland, who paid $75,000 for the only weanling by Rail Link catalogued.