Back-to-Back Hips Sell For Over $1 Million on Day 3 of Keeneland September Sale

From the Media Team at Keeneland:

Hip 729, a colt by American Pharoah, and Hip 730, a colt by Medaglia d’Oro, sold for $1.4 million and $1.2 million, respectively, during Wednesday’s third session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale.

Larry Best’s OXO Equine bought the American Pharoah colt from the consignment of Sierra Farm. He is out of the Grade 2-winning Pulpit mare Bsharpsonata.

Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, consigned the Medaglia d’Oro colt, purchased by Shadwell Estate Company Ltd. He is out of the Irish stakes winner Bunairgead (IRE).

A War Front filly from the family of Irish highweights Yesterday (IRE) and Quarter Moon (IRE) sold to Shadwell Estate Company Ltd. for $1.2 million. Timber Town, agent, consigned the filly, who is out of the Group 3-placed Betterbetterbetter (IRE), by Galileo (IRE).

Three yearlings sold for $1.1 million earlier in the session.

The first is a colt by War Front from the immediate family of champion Rags to Riches purchased by China Horse Club/Maverick Racing. Lane’s End, agent, consigned the colt, out of the Street Cry (IRE) mare Tiffany’s Honour. She is a half-sister to Rags to Riches, Irish highweight Man of Iron, Belmont (G1) winner Jazil and Grade 2 winner Casino Drive.

Another relative, Streaming, produced the $2.4 million War Front colt sold at Keeneland on Tuesday.

The second is a colt by Quality Road sold to White Birch Farm and Three Chimneys. Consigned by Indian Creek, agent, he is out of the Mineshaft mare What’smineismine, a full sister to Grade 1 winner Spring Quality and a half-sister to Grade 3 winner Holiday Star.

Trainer Chad Brown signed the ticket for the colt.

Godolphin paid $1.1 million for a filly by Uncle Mo colt from the family of champion Lady Eli. Consigned by Runnymede Farm, agent, the Uncle Mo filly is out of Lady Eli’s Grade 3-winning half-sister Bizzy Caroline, by Afleet Alex.

“She (Uni) has done well and thankfully we’ve been able to get her home after her illness [shipping fever] and were able to get her back feeling right again and training well,” Brown said. “We picked this race out about three weeks ago and we said, she is doing well, so let’s get her back started. And, man, she ran great today.”

“Both horses ran great. No surprises,” said Brown. “They both were training super, and I was confident that they would handle the soft ground, and Uni handled it a little bit better today. They both were training very similar.

“[Precieuse] is off a long layoff and she had a right to get a little tired at the end, and I think she ran great and I think she has a great future in front of her too.

Chad Brown, Trainer of the winner Uni and runner-up Precieuse
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