Keeneland January Sale Off To Fast Start

(Majestic Quality Sells at Keeneland January Sale / Photo Courtesy of Keeneland)

Majestic Quality, a multiple graded stakes-placed daughter of Quality Road, sold to Shadai Farm of Japan for $350,000 on Monday to top the early returns of Keeneland’s January Horses of All Ages Sale.

ELiTE consigned Majestic Quality, a 4-year-old out of the Lost Soldier mare She Nuit All and from the family of Grade 1 winner Octave. She was cataloged as a racing or broodmare prospect.

Shadai also paid $300,000 for two-time Indiana Horse of the Year and Grade 2 stakes winner Lady Fog Horn, the earner of $824,273. ELiTE also consigned Lady Fog Horn, a 6-year-old daughter of Zavata out of the Northern Spur (IRE) mare Titia.

“She fits the January Sale very well,” ELiTE’s Bradley Weisbord said. “She stood out here well compared to (if we had offered her in) November.”

Bringing $300,000 earlier in the day was multiple stakes winner Happy Mesa, who sold to Winchell Thoroughbreds.

The 4-year-old daughter of Sky Mesa, cataloged as a racing or broodmare prospect, was consigned by Bluewater Sales, agent. She is out of the Broken Vow mare Happy Choice.

“We thought she’d be about $300,000,” Winchell Racing Manager and Farm Manager David Fiske said. “She could run and she was a very pretty mare. We’ll figure (plans for her) out later. We’ve got several stallions we could send her to, so we’ll see what we decide. No decision has been made.”

The January Sale continues through Thursday.

I think the blinkers had him more focused. I was a little concerned early on, he was a little too head strong. Johnny made a good tactical move letting the pace setter go and then getting outside of the horse. He fought back hard, finished up well and galloped out with enthusiasm. This race was a big step in the right direction. I was pleased with the way he conducted himself. He seems to be maturing as he gets more experience.”

Todd Pletcher, Trainer for Noble Indy

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