Led by 2016 Maryland-bred Horse of the Year Cathryn Sophia, three Maryland-bred mares topped $1 million the opening days of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale, which began Tuesday, Nov. 7 and runs 12 days through Nov. 18.
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Day 1 featured Cathryn Sophia, the 4-year-old daughter of Street Boss bred by Bob Manfuso. Winner of the 2016 Kentucky Oaks-G1 and two additional graded stakes while earning $1,229,720 in nine starts, Cathryn Sophia was sold in foal to Triple Crown sire Pioneerof the Nile out of the consignment of agent Bedouin Bloodstock. She was purchased for $2.3 million by Bridlewood Farm and Don Alberto.
Cathryn Sophia originally sold as a yearling at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern Fall sale in 2014 for $30,000 to Chuck Zacney, who campaigned her under the stable name Cash is King over two seasons before selling her at the 2016 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall sale for $1.4 million as a broodmare prospect. Cathryn Sophia realized the second highest price at this year’s November sale, behind only broodmare prospect Stellar Wind for $6 million.
The session toppers the next two days were both Maryland-bred mares by the late Maryland leading sire Not For Love. The sale’s third highest price was $2.1 million for For Royalty, purchased by Summer Wind Equine. The dam of Grade 1 winner Constellation and two stakes-placed runners from her first three foals to race, 10-year-old For Royalty was offered by Craig and Holly Bandoroff’s Denali Stud. The mare is in foal to Bernardini.
Bred by Charles and Cynthia McGinnes, For Royalty intially went through the ring as a yearling at Saratoga and was sold by her breeders for $250,000. A stakes winner at 2, she is a half-sister to Maryland-bred champions Kiss to Remember and El Viento.
Fools in Love sold for $1 million to top the sale’s third session on a bid by Cheveley Park Stud Ltd. Although not in foal, the 11-year-old mare consigned by Lane’s End, agent, had a huge update to her page – her current 2-year-old, the Scat Daddy colt Seahenge, won the Group 2 Champagne Stakes at Doncaster in September and finished third behind U S Navy Flag and recent Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf-G1 winner Mendelssohn in Newmarket’s Dewhurst Stakes-G1 in October after the catalogue was printed. Fools in Love’s two earlier foals are both stakes-placed runners.
Bred by Manfuso and partner Katy Voss, Fools in Love is a half-sister to millionaire International Star and stakes winner D C Dancer.
Eight additional Maryland-breds brought six figures through the first seven sessions. Stonereath Stud, agent, sold Inventive for $800,000 to Hunter Valley Farm. The 12-year-old Dixie Union mare, in foal to Medaglia d’Oro, is the dam of Grade 1-winning juvenile Klimt. She was bred by Robert Meyerhoff’s Fitzhugh, from the family of Breeders’ Cup Classic-G1 winner Concern and his graded stakes-winning full sister Tennis Lady, her second dam.
If Not For Her, a winning daughter of Not For Love out of Formalities Aside, sold for $360,000 to Three Chimneys Farm. The 6-year-old half-sister to Maryland-bred champion Awesome Flower, in foal for the first time to the cover of Frosted, was bred by Tom and Chris Bowman and Milton P. Higgins III. Her half-brother First Mondays topped the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic fall yearling sale in 2016 at $450,000.
The top-priced Maryland-bred weanling (through Nov. 13), a filly by More Than Ready out of Uniformly Yours (by Grand Slam), was bred by George Doetsch and consigned with Nursery Place. De Meric Stables made the purchase for $190,000.