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Avla “Poppet” Pitts’ chestnut filly, a yearling half-sister to 2018 multiple stakes-winning Maryland-bred juvenile Alwaysmining, topped the Maryland-bred offerings at the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale held Jan. 7-10 in Lexington, Ky.

The Maryland-bred filly, by Medaglia d’Oro’s son Fast Anna, whose oldest foals are just-turned 2-year-olds, was consigned by Hunter Valley Farm, agent for $100,000. She was purchased by Caroline and Grey Bentley, who campaign Alwaysmining, winner of the Maryland Juvenile Futurity and Heft Stakes in December, under the name of their Runnymede Racing.

The Fast Anna filly is the seventh foal for What Will Be (by Anees), who has four winners from five named foals. Pitts has sold the mare’s past three yearlings at the Keeneland January sale; the filly is the first six-figure horse sold by the breeder. Alwaysmining, a $32,000 January sales horse of 2017, was pin-hooked and sold later that September for $130,000.

A total of 10 of the 14 Maryland-breds sent through the ring at this year’s January sale sold, grossing $343,000. The Maryland-bred average was $34,300, with a median price of $28,500 (higher than the entire sale’s median of $20,000).

The second-highest price was $50,000 for the pregnant mare Chanel Number One, a winning daughter of English Channel out of Maryland-bred Kosmo’s Buddy. Bred by Angie Moore, Chanel Number One is one of four named foals out of multiple stakes winner Kosmo’s Buddy, dam of 2018 Grade 1 winner and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile-G1-placed Knicks Go and $100,000-plus earner Super Buddy.

Chanel Number One produced a filly in 2018 by Tonalist and is currently in foal to the Outwork.

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