Keeneland September Sale Underway / Pioneerof the Nile Colt Sold for $950,000

(Hip 44 snatches $950,000 on Opening Day of Keeneland September / Photo Courtesy of Keeneland)

From the Keeneland Media Team:

In the second hour of Monday’s opening session of the 2018 Keeneland September Yearling Sale, a colt by Pioneerof the Nile sold to SF Bloodstock/Starlight West for $950,000 to lead early results.

Denali Stud, agent for Stonestreet Bred & Raised, consigned the colt, out of the Grade 3-placed Hard Spun mare Inny Minnie.

“I loved everything about this horse,” said SF’s Tom Ryan, who signed the ticket. “Beautiful horse by a great stallion and looks like the perfect horse to go to war with next year.”

Ryan said Bob Baffert will train the colt, which impressed him when he first saw the youngster at the sale.

“He is mentally strong; he never turned a hair,” Ryan said. “He was fantastic in every way. He is balanced and he is like all the Pioneerof the Nile horses – a very athletic horse.

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A few minutes earlier, a Medaglia d’Oro colt out of Grade 2 winner Hungry Island sold to Godolphin for $800,000.

“He is a very athletic horse and out of a very good mare,” said Anthony Stroud, who signed the ticket. “He will go to Europe for Godolphin.”

“Selling these kind of horses is always fun, and it takes some of the pressure off because of how well they handle themselves,” Denali Vice President Conrad Bandoroff said. “We knew coming up here that the table was set and we had a lot of good action from some very good judges and top buyers.

“We weren’t quite sure what level he was going to go to, but we knew he was going to be north of $500,000 and then he had every chance to bring all the money.”

Gainesway, agent, consigned the colt, whose third dam, Chic Shirine, won Keeneland’s Ashland (G1) and is a full sister to champion Queena.

The colt was bred by Emory Hamilton and raised at her sister Helen Alexander’s Middlebrook Farm.

“He’s the best horse I’ve ever raised in 15 years.” Middlebrook Farm Manager Noel Murphy said. “I think he’s special.”

Also bringing $800,000 was a Tapit colt consigned by Gainesway, agent, and sold to Shadwell Estate Company Ltd.. He is out of Grade 2 winner Jojo Warrior, by Pioneerof the Nile.

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Today was a smaller field, a little more speed,” said Ortiz, who won his first Million on his 26th birthday. “Thank God I didn’t have any traffic. On the backside I didn’t want to fight with him, just wanted him to be happy, so when I turned to the backside and went to the two-path I didn’t panic.”

Irad Ortiz, Jr., Rider of the winner

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