Godolphin Is On Go-Go-Go at Keeneland September Yearling Sale; Spends $4.1 Million for Curlin Colt

(Hip 274, a son of Curlin, snares $4.1 million on the second day of the 2019 Keeneland September Yearling Sale / Photo Courtesy of Keeneland)

From the Keeneland Media Team:

The highest price at Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale since 2010 was recorded during Tuesday’s second session of the 2019 renewal when Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Godolphin paid $4.1 million for a Curlin colt who is the first foal out of New Zealand champion sprinter Bounding (AUS).

He is the most expensive yearling to sell at public auction this year in North America.

The colt was consigned by Eaton Sales, agent for Stonestreet Bred & Raised.

But it wasn’t the only news that Godolphin was going to make on Tuesday.

A bit earlier on the card, they were splurging again.

(War Front colt sells for $2.9 million to Godolphin, as well. / Photo Courtesy of Keeneland)

A colt by War Front out of Kentucky Oaks (G1) winner Believe You Can sold to Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Godolphin for $2.9 million during Tuesday’s second session of the auction.

Brereton C. Jones/Airdrie Stud, agent, consigned the colt, who is a half-brother to stakes winner Believe in Royalty. Jones bred and raced Believe You Can.

In addition, there were other high-priced tickets to be signed:

Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum’s Shadwell Estate Company Ltd. spent $1.05 million for a filly by Curlin out of Grade 1 winner Dreaming of Julia durng Tuesday’s second session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale.

Denali Stud, agent for Stonestreet Bred & Raised, consigned the filly.

Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum’s Shadwell Estate Company Ltd. paid $1 million for a War Front filly who is the first foal out of the Grade 3-winning Tapit mare Delightful Joy during Tuesday’s second session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale.

Gainesway, agent, consigned the filly.

Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s Godolphin paid $1 million for a Union Rags filly who is a half-sister to 2019 Black-Eyed Susan (G2) winner Point of Honor and recent juvenile debut winner Wicked Whisper shortly after the start of Tuesday’s second session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale.

Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent for Siena Farm, consigned the filly, whose dam is the Bernardini mare Zayanna. She also is the dam of stakes winner Velvet Mood.

Larry Best’s OXO Equine paid $900,000 for a colt by Flatter who is a half-brother to Grade 1 winner Beach Patrol during Tuesday’s second session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale.

Elm Tree Farm, agent, consigned the colt, whose dam is the Quiet American mare Bashful Bertie

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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