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.

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds
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