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Serious Attitude sold for $1.85 million



Serious coup for filly's owners at Fasig-Tipton


FASIG-TIPTON's November sale on Sunday provided the setting for the final chapter of a fairytale for Newmarket trainer Rae Guest and Derek Willis, owners of Serious Attitude, when the 2008 Cheveley Park Stakes heroine and recent Nearctic Stakes scorer sold to Japan's Shadai Farm for $1,850,000 - nearly 150 times what Guest paid for the filly as a yearling.
Serious Attitude, a daughter of Mtoto bred by Hawthorn Villa Stud's Paddy Twomey out of Zameyla, a Cape Cross half-sister to stakes winner Army Of Angels, was bought at Book 3 of the 2007 Tattersalls October yearling sale for just 7,500gns. Guest trained the filly to win in excess of £380,000.
Coolmore was underbidder on Serious Attitude, but Shadai triumphed. Mitsuru Ikeda signed the docket, and told the Thoroughbred Times that she would be retired and sent to Japan to be bred from. “I likevery much the way she walks,” he said. “I’m not sure, but we bought Harbinger, so maybe she will go to him.”
Elsewhere, the Breeders' Cup proved a shop window for the boutique one-session sale, with horses who had won at the meeting fetching top-dollar prices in the ring.
Awesome Feather, who took her unbeaten run for owner-breeders Jacks Or Better Farms to six races with victory in Friday's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, will now race for Frank Stronach after selling to the Adena Springs owner for $2.3 million - the top price at the sale.
Fred Brei of Jacks Or Better Farm said that he was happy with the price for the daughter of esoteric Oklahoma-based stallion Awesome Of Course - also bred by Jacks Or Better Farm - but revealed that the $2.3 million price tag was not far beyond the filly's reserve.
Stronach bred, owns and stands Awesome Of Course's sire Awesome Again.
Friday's Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint heroine Dubai Majesty also brought seven figures, when selling to prominent Japanese breeder Katsumi Yoshida of Northern Farm for $1.1million. Dubai Majesty, a five-year-old daughter of Essence Of Dubai, will be retired from racing and sent to Japan to enter the breeding shed.
Gabby's Golden Gal was a disappointing tenth behind Dubai Majesty on Friday, but had done enough beforehand - including winning the Acorn Stakes and Santa Monica Handicap - to warrant a large price tag. The daughter of Medaglia D'Oro is Shadai Farm-bound alongside Serious Attitude, after selling for $1.25 million.
Playa Maya, dam of Saturday's impressive Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner Uncle Mo, sold in foal to Coolmore's MV Magnier for $1.65 million. The ten-year-old daughter of Arch was consigned by Denali stud on behalf of her owner Respite Farms. Respite Farms owner Dr Michael Cavey has been involved with the family of Uncle Mo - who looks a certainty to collect Eclipse champion juvenile colt honours - since buying Playa Maya's third dam Hot Slippers.
The Breeders' Cup Juvenile also advertised the merits of broodmare Little Bonnet, whose second foal, Boys Of Toscanova, won the Hopeful Stakes and was runner-up in Saturday's race. She was sold, in foal to Bluegrass Cat, to Darley FlyingStart graduate Ajay Anne for $725,000. Anne also bought this season's Santa Anita Oaks winner Crisp for $900,000 and said he plans to form a syndicate to carry on racing the daughter of El Corredor.
Last year's 11-length Grade 1 Alabama Stakes scorer Careless Jewel, a daughter of Tapit, sold to Eric Guillot, agent for Mike Moreno's Southern Equine Stable, as a prospective foundation mare for $1.95 million, while Aaron and Marie Jones paid $1.1 million for this year's Grade 2 Inside Information Stakes winner Warbling, a daughter of Unbridled's Song.
Group 2-placed Love To Dance could not match some of the top-priced fillies' race records but, as the first mare offered in foal to last year's exceptional world champion Sea The Stars at auction, and as a half-sister to champions Dylan Thomas and Queen's Logic, as well as this season's Oaks third Remember When, she was always going to be one of the stars of the sale.
The five-year-old daughter of Sadler's Wells, who raced for Michael Tabor, was sold to Reynolds Bell as agent for Alpha Delta for $1.05 million.
Reynolds Bell also bought Win Mccool, a Grade 3-winning daughter of Giant's Causeway in foal to Distorted Humor, for $1.05 million on behalf of Alpha Delta. S. F. Bloodstock, on whose behalf Love To Dance was consigned, spent some of its earnings on Grade 1 winner Unbridled Belle, in foal to Medaglia D'oro, at $900,000.
Two high-profile lots made seven-figure prices but were led out of the ring unsold: Tap Your Heels, dam of Grade 1 winner and excellent young sire Tapit, at $1.8 million, and three-time Grade 2-winning mare Gotta Have Her at $1.05 million.
Figures at the sale fell below last year's edition. 89 horses were sold for turnover of $27,996,500 (three per cent down), at an average of $314,567 (down 13 per cent) and median of $130,000 (down 24 per cent).
Nine horses sold for $1 million or more, compared to seven last year and - as a stark reminder of the new reality in bloodstock prices - 19 in 2008, when Better Than Honour broke the auction record for a broodmare at $14 million and Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Stardom Bound made $5.7 million.




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