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Overbrook dispersal marks end of an era

THE END of an era will start to unfold during Monday's session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale when the Young family's Overbrook Farm sells five homebred yearlings as part of the first stage of a complete dispersal.

The farm, which was established in 1972, will sell 52 yearlings in total, including five on Tuesday. Most will be sold through Eaton Sales while Four Star Sales, Lane's End and Mill Ridge Sales consign one yearling each.

Primarily due to the influence of Storm Cat, whose final full crop will be offered at auction over the next couple of days, the late William T. Young was able to develop Overbrook into a leading Kentucky-based operation.

As well as Storm Cat, Young also bred and raced the Breeders' Cup winners Cat Thief, Boston Harbor, Flanders and Surfside as well as 1996 Kentucky Derby hero Grindstone.

"Selling for Overbrook is one of the greatest privileges of my selling career," said Reiley McDonald of Eaton Sales. "Mr Young and his son Chris did a fantastic job creating an empire, which obviously everyone is very sad to see disperse."

The draft presents the opportunity to buy into families famously cultivated by Overbrook but there is also a smattering of Juddmonte blood on offer as the result of Storm Cat foal shares between the two operations; the resulting produce on offer are a tall, flashy filly out of champion grass mare Wandesta (58), a filly out of a sister to Mizzen Mast (338) and a colt out of a half-sister to Danehill (349).

"I think some dispersals have perhaps been given a bad name because they're not entirely complete. But this is a complete dispersal - one family has decided to sell everything," said McDonald.

"Every horse catalogued will offered without reserve. It's a chance for buyers to get into some great families and they could get them for some great value."




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