Chattertown, the stakes-placed dam of Grade 2 winner Laoban, was the highest-priced Maryland-bred to sell at Keeneland’s November Breeding Stock Sale, held Nov. 9 through Nov. 18 in Lexington, Ky. A group of 28 Maryland-breds sold, with six bringing six figures.
Selling for $460,000, Chattertown, in foal to the late champion Arrogate, was purchased by Hunter Valley Farm, Agent, from the consignment of Taylor Made Sales Agency. Bred by Dark Hollow Farm and Kildare Investments, the 14-year-old daughter of Speightstown out of the Lost Soldier mare Chatter Chatter made 16 starts, retiring with a record of 2-7-1 that included a second in the 2009 Dearly Precious Stakes.
A half-sister to graded stakes-placed Bluegrass Chatter (Bluegrass Cat) and stakes winner Obruchev (Malibu Moon), and full-sister to stakes winner That’s How I Roll, Chattertown has two winners from three foals of racing age, including 2016 Jim Dandy Stakes-G2 winner Laoban. The son of Uncle Mo also finished second in the Gotham Stakes-G3 and third in the Sham Stakes-G3 that year, and entered stud at Sequel Stallions in Hudson, N.Y., in 2017. The sire of this year’s Alcibiades Stakes-G1 winner Simply Ravishing will relocate to WinStar Farm in Versailles, Ky., for 2021.
Stakes winner Miss J McKay, consigned by ELiTE, Agent, sold for $300,000 to Jackson Farms as a racing or broodmare prospect. Bred by Linda Oliff Rohleder, the 3-year-old daughter of Hangover Kid out of the Street Boss mare Ballykiss won last year’s Anne Arundel County Stakes and has placed in six other stakes at Laurel, Belmont, Aqueduct, Monmouth, Saratoga and Kentucky Downs. With a record of 2-4-2 from nine career starts since winning her debut last July, Miss J McKay most recently started Oct. 10 in the Sands Point-G2, her graded stakes debut, and finished seventh.
Yeguada Centurion purchased the next three highest-selling Maryland-breds, all broodmares: Maryland-bred champions Daring Dancer (in foal to Blame) for $300,000 and Brucia La Terra (in foal to City of Light) for $180,000, and Monte Crista (in foal to Omaha Beach) for $140,000.
Sagamore Farm-bred Daring Dancer, a 9-year-old graded stakes-winning daughter of Empire Maker out of the Red Ransom mare Vienna Affair (GB), was purchased from the consignment of Upson Downs Farm, Agent. During her seven-start racing career, she captured the 2014 Lake George Stakes-G2 and Appalachian Stakes-G3 and was named that year’s Maryland-bred champion 3-year-old filly. The half-sister to stakes winner Hamp (Sky Mesa) has one starter from two foals of racing age.
Grade 1 stakes-placed Brucia La Terra, bred by Sallyellen M. Hurst and Hugh H. Hurst, was purchased from the consignment of James B. Keogh. The 4-year-old daughter of El Padrino out of the Not For Love mare Happy Refrain retired last year after a seven-start career which included a second in the Frizette Stakes-G1, the highlight of a 2-year-old season that resulted in her being voted Maryland-bred champion of her division.
Yeguada Centurion’s final Maryland-bred purchase was stakes winner Monte Crista from the consignment of Lane’s End. The 5-year-old daughter of Cape Blanco (Ire) out of the Alphabet Soup mare Aruban Sandwich retired last year with a record of 4-0-1 from 13 career starts. Monte Crista, winner of the 2018 Riskaverse Stakes, is a half-sister to multiple graded stakes winner and 2017 Maryland-bred Horse of the Year Just Howard (English Channel).
Sold for $120,000, Don’t Blame Me, in foal to Gun Runner, was consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency and purchased by Brookstone Farm. Bred by Alan S. Kline, the 8-year-old daughter of Blame out of the Forestry mare Forestier finished third in the 2014 Jimmy Durante Stakes-G3. Her first three foals are by Will Take Charge, Gun Runner and Arrogate.
Maryland-breds sold averaged $73,893, in comparison to the overall sale’s average of $68,738, and the median price was $21,000, in comparison to the sale’s median of $25,000.