Ballykiss, a 10-year-old daughter of Street Boss in foal to Constitution, topped the Maryland-bred offerings at the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages sale held Jan. 11-14 in Lexington, Ky.
The dam of Maryland-bred stakes winner Miss J McKay as her first foal, Ballykiss was consigned by ELiTE, Agent and purchased for $180,000 by WinStar Farm. The Street Boss mare, bred by Green Willow Farms and descending from Delaware Handicap-G2 winner Crowned, also has a 3-year-old full-brother to Miss J McKay, by Hangover Kid, who has yet to race, and a 2-year-old filly by Imagining. Linda Oliff Rohleder bred Miss J McKay before selling Ballykiss for $2,000 at the 2017 Fasig-Tipton December Mixed sale to Lady Olivia at Northcliff, breeder of the other foals out of the mare.
Miss J McKay - a $1,500 sales weanling who later sold for $55,000 as a yearling - won the 2019 Anne Arundel County Stakes at Laurel Park and placed in six other stakes at Monmouth Park, Aqueduct, Laurel, Belmont Park, Saratoga and Kentucky Downs. Consigned to the 2020 Keeneland November Breeding Stock sale by ELiTE, Agent, she was purchased by Jackson Farms for $300,000 as a racing or broodmare prospect.
The second-highest priced Maryland-bred was a yearling colt by Munnings, consigned by Mill Ridge Sales, Agent, and purchased for $110,000 by Hideaway Farms. Bred by GreenSpring Mares, the blaze-faced chestnut is the fifth foal out of the Broken Vow mare I’m Engaged, the dam of one winner from three starters. The family includes champions Flanders and Surfside and Grade 1 winner Zillzaal.
Sending their first homebred through the sales ring, Wasabi Ventures Stables’ yearling colt by Army Mule exceeded all expectations as he topped the final session of the sale, selling for $95,000 to Tulip Poplar from the consignment of Mill Ridge Sales, Agent. The chestnut is the first foal out of the Mizzen Mast mare Hurryupandcomeback, a half-sister to multiple stakes winner White Flag tracing back to Grade 1 winner Shared Interest (dam of Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies-G1 winner Cash Run and Grade 1 winner and sire Forestry). He was bred by Wasabi Ventures Stables, Vandelay Stables, Michael J. Dzik, Greenspring Mares and S. Stange.
Hurryupandcomeback is expecting a foal by former Maryland stallion Force the Pass this year.
A total of 13 of the 16 Maryland-breds sent through the ring at this year’s January sale sold, grossing $562,900. The Maryland-bred average was $43,300, with a median price of $18,000.