For many, many years, it was the Sheihks of Dubai that made headlines at the Keeneland Yearling Sales, starting in the summers of July and then moving to the Septembers in Lexington. They would fly in a private jet to Bluegrass Field; park their expensive and expansive plane across the street from the beautiful grounds; and then spend millions on some of the best young horse flesh the world of Thoroughbred breeding could muster.
On Tuesday, the buzz was created, instead, by a Prince. As in the young, Airdrie Stud stallion Cairo Prince. Just as he did at Fasig-Tipton’s Select Summer Sales in Lexington and at Saratoga before, a son of Cairo Prince turned heads and the sale’s pavilion tote board.
This time, Shadwell Estate Company Ltd. breezed all the way to $900,000 to capture a yearling colt by the young sire to lead the early sales action on the second day of the mammoth sale extravaganza. The colt, consigned by Brereton C. Jones and his Airdrie Stud, is a half-brother to the Grade 1 winner Sam’s Sister.
In other action, a filly by Street Sense — who is a half-sister to the G1 winner Sweet Loretta — and a colt by the white-hot stallion Into Mischief, who is a half-brother to the stakes winner Harlan’s Honor, each brought a lofty price of $750,000.
Ashview Farm, owned and operated by Wayne Lyster and his two sons, Brian and Gray, consigned the Street Sense filly. She is from the family of Canadian champ Spring in the Air. She is out of the Stakes-placed, Bluegrass Cat mare Ithinkisawapudycat.
The Into Mischief colt was consigned by Paramount Sales, as agent, and is out of the stakes-place Indian Charlie mare Indian Rush.
What is truly interesting is that the Into Mischief colt has deep connections and roots back to Airdrie Stud, as well. Harlan’s Honor, you see, is by the late, great Airdrie stud Harlan’s Holiday, and the dam is by another late, great Airdrie stallion — Indian Charlie.
If that wasn’t news enough for the farm, owned by the former Governor, is that a colt by the freshman sire Violence sold for $725,000. That colt is out of the winning Harlan’s Holdiay mare Holiday Bertie.
We recently did an in-depth look at Airdrie Stud, located in Midway, KY.