Hello Beautiful, a multiple stakes-winning 5-year-old daughter of Golden Lad, topped the Maryland-bred offerings at the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages sale, held Jan. 11-14 in Lexington, Ky.
The eight-time stakes winner, consigned by ELiTE, Agent as a racing or broodmare prospect, was purchased for $410,000 by Larry Best’s OXO Equine. A $6,500 sales yearling, Hello Beautiful was a stakes winner at 2, 3, and 4, picking up four victories this past year in the What a Summer, Alma North, Weathervane and Maryland Million Distaff.
The Brittany Russell trainee wrote herself into the Maryland Million history books in October, as she became just the seventh horse to win three Maryland Million races after securing victories in the 2019 Lassie, along with the 2020 and 2021 runnings of the Distaff. Hello Beautiful will start her new career as a broodmare, retiring with a record of 10-3-1 from 20 career starts, with earnings of $587,820.
The second-highest priced Maryland-bred was a yearling colt by Maclean’s Music, consigned by Stuart Morris, Agent for Barak Farm and purchased for $130,000 by Boots Bloodstock. Bred by Barak Farm, the chestnut colt is the fifth foal out of the Yes It’s True mare Martini, the dam of two winners from three starters, including the colt’s full-brother, Maryland-bred stakes winner Dirty.
Of the 14 Maryland-breds that went through the ring at this year’s January sale sold, 10 sold, grossing $786,800. The Maryland-bred average was $78,680, with a median price of $36,000.