Rich Love may have been the only Maryland-bred offered at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky November Sale, held in Lexington, Ky., on Nov. 7, but she made an impact, selling for $500,000 to Fast Fillies.

Consigned by Vinery Sales Agent II, Rich Love sold in foal to Curlin. A 14-year-old daughter of Not For Love out of four-time stakes winner Richetta, she is the dam of five winners from five foals of racing age. Three of her foals competed this year, led by $290,688-earner Tilted Towers (Atreides), who recorded three of six career wins; and 3-year-old filly Ruby Nell (Bolt d’Oro), winner of the Grade 3 Autumn Miss Stakes at Santa Anita on Nov. 5, two days before the sale, to boost her career record to 4-2-1 from eight starts with earnings of $258,520. Ruby Nell was a $1.2 million Fasig-Tipton March Select Sale 2-year-old last year. 

There is plenty of black-type in the family – Richetta (by Polish Numbers) has produced nine winners, including stakes winners and graded stakes-placed Concealed Identity (Smarty Jones) and Peach of a Gal (Curlin), and juvenile stakes-placed Riccio (Cross Traffic) and Cu Rahy (Curlin).  

This marks the eighth time Rich Love has been offered at auction, and the fifth time she’s sold. A $6,000 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic sales yearling, she was a $410,000 RNA in the 2022 Fasig-Tipton April Digital sale in 2022 and sold last November for $140,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky sale in foal to Good Magic; the resulting colt, born Feb. 1, sold as a weanling for $175,000 at the Keeneland November sale. 

Bred by Bowman & Higgins Stable, Rich Love raced six times and won once, taking a maiden special weight at Laurel Park on Oct. 12, 2012 in her second start.

Four-time stakes winner Miss J McKay topped 29 Maryland-breds sold at the 2023 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale, held in Lexington, Ky., from Nov. 8 through Nov. 16. West Bloodstock, as agent for Repole Stable, made the final $350,000 bid.

A 6-year-old mare from the first crop of former Maryland stallion Hangover Kid, Miss J McKay was consigned by Candy Meadows Sales, Agent XXIX, and is carrying her first foal after a June service to Life Is Good. She was bred by Linda Oliff Rohleder and originally sold for $1,500 to DR Investments at the 2017 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic December Mixed Sale. She came out running at 2 for trainer Cal Lynch, winning her debut at Laurel Park in July 2019 for original owner Maxis Stable, who purchased her for $55,000 at the 2018 Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Fall Yearling Sale. 

Miss J McKay crossed the wire first in her next two starts – she was disqualified from first to third in Monmouth’s Colleen Stakes, followed with a score in Laurel’s Anne Arundel County Stakes, and was second in the Stewart Manor at Aqueduct and the Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship to finish out her season. 

Multiple stakes-placed at 3, she went through the ring at the 2020 Keeneland November Sale after making nine starts for Maxis and Lynch, and was purchased for $300,000 by Jackson Farms. Turned over to Christophe Clement and owners Madaket Stables, Wonder Stables, Tony Weintraub and Brandon Dalika, she won three times for her new connections, including the 2021 Abundantia Stakes at Gulfstream and 2022 License Fee Stakes at Belmont, while earning more than $250,000. 

She sold again at last year’s Keeneland November Sale, this time for $325,000, to Oakwood Stables, Cheyenne Stable LLC and Clement and made one start for those connections, capping her career with her second consecutive Abundantia win. She retired with a career record of 6-4-3 in 20 starts and earnings of $466,893.

Runup, a 4-year-old daughter of Runhappy, was the other six-figure Maryland-bred at the Keeneland sale, going for $185,000 to Victoriam Farm LLC. She was consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, Agent XCVIII.

A homebred for James McIngvale, Runup broke her maiden at second asking at Pimlico in August 2021, then won the Sorority Stakes at Monmouth Park in her next start. She was claimed out of her last race, a fifth-place finish at Laurel on Dec. 9, 2022, by Radwin Racing Stable and Robert Klesaris for $40,000, and retired with a career record of 2-1-3 in eight starts and earnings of $172,541. She’s currently in foal to Jack Christopher and due in January.

The highest-priced weanling was Barak Farm’s chestnut colt by Practical Joke out of stakes-placed In My Time, by Scat Daddy. Consigned by Four Star Sales agent, he sold for $90,000 to C & S, agent.

The 29 Maryland-breds sold for a total of $1,440,000, good for an average sales price of $49,655 and a median of $36,000.

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