Keeneland January Sale Day 2 Report: Union Rags Yearling Brings $390,000

(Union Rags Yearling Snares $390,000 on Day 2 of Keeneland January Sale / Photo Courtesy of Keeneland)

From the Keeneland Media Team:

Albert Racing spent $390,000 to acquire a yearling colt by Union Rags during Tuesday’s second session of the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale. Consigned by Indian Creek, agent, he is the first foal out of the Bernardini mare Zondaq, a half-sister to Grade 2 winner Discreet Dancer and Travelin Man and stakes winner Sweet N Discreet.

The session’s most expensive sale occurred when Gabriel Duignan’s Springhouse Farm paid $450,000 for Media Mischief, a 5-year-old daughter of Into Mischief in foal to Pioneerof the Nile.

Eaton Sales, agent, consigned Media Mischief, a half-sister to multiple French Group 1 winner Nebraska Tornado, Grade 3 winner Mirabilis and English stakes winner Burning Sun. Their dam is French Group 3 winner Media Nox (GB), by Lycius.

Sweet Dreams, a stakes-placed daughter of Candy Ride (ARG) in foal to Tapit, sold to Eaton Sales Bloodstock for $420,000. Consigned by Hidden Brook, agent, she is a half-sister to Grade 2 winner Strike Charmer and from the family of champion Gold Beauty. Her dam is the stakes-winning Storm Cat mare Cat Charmer.

Montia Holdings purchased Lavender Chrissie, a 7-year-old stakes-winning daughter of Scat Daddy in foal to Union Rags, for $400,000. Lane’s End, agent, consigned the mare, a half-sister to Grade 3 winner Baby J and stakes winner Laureate Conductor.

 

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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