Keeneland November Breeding Sale to showcase a mare project from prominent breeders Gary and Mary West
Wests will reduce the number of broodmares each year during the November sale
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Keeneland has announced that the November 2021 breeding sale, November 10-19, will mark the start of an annual reduction in broodmares from top owners and breeders Gary and Mary West during the auction. Paramount Sales will serve as agent for the dispatch, which will catalog this year 31 brood mares and prospects with full mares of Hard Spun, Union Rags and The Factor, as well as champions of the Wests Game Winner, Maximum Security and West Coast. and the 3rd year winner and American Freedom ranked 1st year.
While the Wests ‘foals and their Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) winner on New Year’s Day were removed from the stud farm, the pair acquired a large number of mares specifically to breed with them.
âWe just can’t keep them all,â Wests race director Ben Glass said of the mares. âIt’s amazing how quickly we have collected broodmares. We’re up to 100, and we’re only trying to get 50-60. You just have to move these mares down the line. It is a difficult decision. As far as we know, we are selling the mother of another 1st year winner.
The mares cataloged as part of the annual Wests reduction represent a diversity of lines, providing breeders with a variety of options for future matings. Among the sires of their mares are top stallions and / or renowned mare stallions Candy Ride (ARG), Curlin, Distorted Humor, Giant’s Causeway, Into Mischief, Macho Uno, Medaglia d’Oro, Mineshaft, Quality Road , Smart Strike, Speightstown, Storm Cat, Street Cry (IRE) and Uncle Mo.
The Wests have long been the patron of Keeneland sales.
They bought Maximum Security’s sire, New Year’s Day, at Keeneland’s September 2012 yearling sale. They bought the champion’s dam, Lil Indy, full of Pioneerof the Nile in the January 2014 Horse of All Ages sale and sold her carrying a full sister to Maximum Security in the November 2018 sale.
The West’s also acquired American Freedom, Game Winner and West Coast in the September sale, as well as Dream Lady, who produced their Room Service, Central Bank winner Ashland (G1).
Glass said the choice of the November sale as the location for the Wests’ annual brood mares reduction stemmed from their working relationship with Keeneland and the sale company’s large international buying base.
âWe have a good working relationship with Keeneland,â said Glass. âThey have always done a good job for us. There is a buyer for each mare.
While every mare cataloged at this year’s November sale has a lot to offer, Pat Costello of Paramount said several of them have attributes that will grab buyers’ attention further:
Sweet Sweet Annie (Hip 684), a 6-year-old mare by Curlin bred from multi-stakes winner Song for Annie and full from West Coast, is a half-sister to multi-stakes winner, Successful Song.
Applaud (Hip 751), a 3 year old girl from Medaglia d’Oro is also full of West Coast.
Media circus (Hip 948), a 3 year old by Mineshaft, descends from the female family of 1st year winner and father Tapizar.
âSweet Sweet Annie is a beautiful, well-sized mare and comes from a hell of a family,â said Costello. âApplaud is a lovely person from a very deep family dating back to Hold That Tiger and the editor’s note. Media Circus is also another pretty mare, and she is from the Tapizar family.
Costello reiterated that the Westes are trying to reduce their numbers with the cut.
âThey can’t keep them all. said Costello. “They have a great group of mares and have fillies they run that come off the track and add to it.”
âThe Wests are passionate thoroughbred owners and breeders who have been very loyal patrons of Keeneland and have achieved some of their greatest racing triumphs with the horses they have acquired here,â said Tony Lacy. , vice president of sales for Keeneland. “We are grateful for the opportunity to offer mares from such a successful operation each year as an added attraction to the November sale.”
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Photo: Owner Gary West, second from left, held up the Haskell Invitational Trophy with his wife Mary West (left), jockey Luis Saez and trainer Jason Servis (right) after Maximum Security won the Haskell 2019 at Monmouth Park. Photo courtesy of Bill Denver / Equi-Photo