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Delta Princess sells for $2.6m at Keeneland

Delta Princess, brought a high price at the Keeneland November mixed sale on Tuesday, selling to Frank Stronach's Adena Springs for $2.6 million.

Delta Princess is the dam of 2011 Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic winner Royal Delta. Shortly before she sold, Stronach purchased her half-sister Camargue for $1.65 million.

"It is all about the family," said Stronach. "I love that family."

A 12-year-old daughter of A.P. Indy, Delta Princess was also a multiple graded stakes winner during her career.She is out of the graded stakes-winning Lyphard mare Lyphard's Delta.

Immediately after Delta Princess sold, her weanling Smart Strike filly was purchased by Ben Leon's Besilu Stables for $1.6 million. Leon was the immediate underbidder on Delta Princess.

"I feel it is a better value in what we purchased for future breedings and enjoyment between now and then," said Leon. "In the meantime, hopefully she will giveus a lot of thrills at the racetrack."

The mare and weanling were consigned by Chanteclair Farm, which is acting as agent for the complete dispersal of Palides Investments. Prince Saud bin Khaled, who operated Palides Investments, died at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles following an illness in February.

As part of the dispersal, Royal Delta will be sold later today.

A FEISTY Unrivaled Belle became the first seven-figure horse to sell during Tuesday's session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale inLexington, Kentucky.

Bidding by phone, Betty Moran's Brushwood Stable paid $2.8 million for the 5-year-old Unbridled's Song mare, who was offered as a broodmare prospect.

A multiple graded stakes winner, Unrivaled Belle's biggest moment on the track came when she captured the 2010 Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic. Eaton Sales consigned the mare.

"There were a lot ofpeople in on her, and I am thrilled for Mrs. Moran that she bought her," said Eaton's Reiley McDonald. "It was a great market yesterday, so you had to think she would do well. She really was as pretty a mare as I saw in the whole sale; she is exquisite-looking."

In an unusual move, the mare was excused from the ring when bidding was at $1.2 million because she was getting hard to handle.

"She was a lamb at the barn, but every time she heard the loudspeaker, I think she thought she was going back to the races," explained McDonald. "That is exactly what happened up here, and that is what I was worried about. She was listening to the noise and it shook her up."

Unrivaled Belle will remain in Kentucky but breeding plans are undecided.

Shortly before Unrivaled Belle went through the ring, multiple grade 1 winner Ticker Tape sold for $950,000 to Katsumi Yoshida, who owns Northern Farm in Japan.

Consigned by Eaton Sales, agent for the complete dispersal of Forging Oaks Farms, the 10-year-old Royal Applause mare was offered in foal to Giant's Causeway.

The Keeneland sale began on Monday, and during that first session 14 horses sold for seven figures.




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