Magnier praises Justify as Coolmore hits Keeneland’s best weaner | Bloodstock News
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Just Before Dawn, a son of Justify, is knocked down by MV Magnier for $ 625,000
By Frank Angst and Lauren Gash of Bloodhorse
Very familiar with the Ashford Stud based stallion To justify, MV Magnier liked what he saw when one of the sons of the 2018 Triple Crown winner entered the ring. That is, the weaner looked a lot like his famous father.
Hours after the start of Book 2 session of the November Keeneland Breeding Sale, Magnier, bidding from his usual position in the ring, rose to $ 625,000 to land the named colt. Just before dawn.
“He sees them as strong, breathing horses; the guys at home have commented on how very easy they are to manage,” said Magnier.
The weaned would prove to be the peak of the session on a day that saw strong sales of young horses and mares, with the average climbing 19% to $ 167,549 and the median improving 30% to 130,000. $, compared to the opening session of Book 2 in 2020. The session saw 226 of the 290 horses on offer sell for $ 37,866,000.
Overall, the sale saw 344 horses sell for $ 88,500,000. This rough is up 14% from 2020 at this stage of the sale.
Keeneland vice president of sales Tony Lacy said momentum continued from yearling sales to mixed sales.
“Amazing. I mean, it was a really vibrant market,” he said. “I think that’s a continuation of a lot of the energy that we saw in September. The foals were incredibly strong. I think there were a lot of frustrated pinhookers trying to buy. had a lot of end users actually participating in the market today which is really encouraging.
“The young mares – well behaved and on the cover of popular stallions – were once again extremely popular. So you’ve had a lot of happy sellers. I think it’s a really encouraging market as we go along.”
MV Magnier spent $ 625,000 for a foal weaned by Justify recorded by @LanesEndFarms To #KeeNov. The colt is a half-brother to several Grade 1 winners Moonshine Memories and the family of Favorite Trick & Grade 1 champion winner Tiz the Law. Read → https://t.co/C8fhnjdiRd pic.twitter.com/9B4jea6y3V
– Keeneland Sales (@keenelandsales) November 11, 2021
The Justify foal is the top selling weaned foal for sale so far, as it also outperformed all weaned foals purchased during the Book One session.
Raised in Kentucky by Summer Wind Equine, Just Before Dawn is a son of the 2018 Justify Horse of the Year. The foal is a half-brother of MBrilliant memories , who at two won the 2017 Chandelier and Del Mar Debutante Stakes in Southern California. He is also the half-brother of the Listed winner ranked in 2nd year Indian evening and set up Mo for the money.
“He is a very good horse, Jane Lyon and everyone at Summer Wind are very good breeders. This horse is very well bred,” noted Magnier, adding that the prize could turn out to be a value. “He’s one of the best horses we’ve seen in America in a very long time. With a horse that’s bred like that and with a good physique, he deserved to make it.”
Justify was not the only young stallion to make an impression. With Gun racer Running away with the title of first year one stallion for 2021, Maverick Racing picked up a foal weaned by the quick-start sire for $ 410,000 on a young mare Marwa.
Meanwhile, the good times keep rolling for the first stallion in evil, who had foals sold for $ 375,000 and $ 350,000.
The highest rated weaned filly of the session was a daughter of Munnings purchased for $ 300,000 by Brookstone Farm from Stuart Morris shipment to Waldorf Farm.
The strength of the weaned market has slowed the efforts of Peter O’Callaghan of Woods Edge Farm to buy hooked leads, but he welcomed the positive trend for the industry as a whole.
“It’s wonderful for the game and the breeders,” said O’Callaghan. “The beautiful weaners here today are as precious as they seem. It was very difficult for us. [as pinhookers]. We only bought a handful of horses. It looks like this could be a lean year for us. “
At the head of the broodmares sold during Thursday’s session, a daughter of Old fashioned who delighted her sender when she illuminated the picture. Californian breed Lucky streak, from the shipment of James B Keogh – who was also part owner of the horse – sold for $ 620,000 to Aaron and Marie Jones.
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Streak Of Luck: “” It’s a good Graded Stakes racemare and full of a Derby winner. “
“Wow, it couldn’t be better,” Keogh said. “Mr. and Mrs. Jones are great people. I’m so glad and delighted that they had it; they’re dear friends.”
The six-year-old daughter of Unbridled’s Song son Old Fashioned is the first Stakes winner for her mother, Valerie, which produced three winners from as many starters. Valeria is the daughter of Elusive quality.
Streak Of Luck would be the sire of the winner of the Classic 2020 and Horse of the Year Authentic.
Frank Taylor, of Taylor Made Sales Agency and buying on behalf of the Joneses, said the mare has an excellent physique and many ties to Taylor Made.
“She’s from a son of Unbridled’s Song, whom we love. We raised Old Fashioned on the farm, so that was a plus for me,” Taylor said. “She’s a good Graded Stakes mare and full of a Derby winner with a colt in early January. That’s what we’re looking for.
“I saw a mare very comparable to Streak Of Luck and she made $ 700,000. It was an offer or two beyond what we were trying to do. We just wanted her.”
Started by Keogh, Carrie Brogden and breeder Roncelli Family Trust, the enduring Streak Of Luck posted a record 6-3-3 and $ 352,109 in earnings over 30 starts. Winner at two, three, four and five, Streak Of Luck won the 2020 Lady Canterbury Stakes at Canterbury Park. During her career, she placed herself in a pair of ranked contests.
Keogh said: “I campaigned her as a racehorse. She won a stakes race for me so she’s pretty special to me. Carrie Brogden and I owned her together. Carrie found her. in California and in two seconds, I made the decision to take half of her. That’s damn good. “
The brood mare market has probably picked up momentum thanks to a strong yearling market. Lacy said after the breeders saw the yearlings doing well at Keeneland in September – including yearlings from less established mares or older mares – they have confidence in the market to reinvest.
He said: “The feedback we got at the end of the September sale is that a lot of breeders were saying, ‘I can buy mares now. ” [That success in September] allowed them to be liquid.
Keeneland’s director of business operations Cormac Breathnach also noted this momentum.
“I think the September market was so strong that it really validated the confidence of the commercial ranchers in what they were doing and sort of validated their goal and gave them, in many cases, equity to reinvest, ”Breathnach said. “Sometimes there was a lot of money spent on yearlings of older mares or mares that maybe hadn’t been that kind of A-list type.”
Breathnach said Keeneland September saw market strength early until the last day which should give confidence to the mares that will be offered at Keeneland November in the future.
– Keeneland Sales (@keenelandsales) November 11, 2021
Hunter Simms of Warrendale, who went for $ 500,000 Thursday on behalf of Silesia Farm to buy the mare Impeccable style, a daughter of Uncle Mo, also attributed this momentum to yearling sales.
“The market is strong, both for buying and selling. You lead things here and you think you’re going to be at a number, but they end up paying a premium,” said Simms, who said that momentum had developed in sales this year. late summer and fall. “It happened across town, it’s happening here. I think the [Keeneland September Yearling Sale] a little trained and the breeders have to spend that money for the next year, whether it is for tax purposes or to try to improve their harvest. “
Another broodmare for sale on Thursday was a youngster Shanghai Bobby Mare, Mars X Press, which was sold for $ 560,000 to Parks Investment Group. It was recorded by Lane’s End.
Lane’s End would finish as the first shipper of the session with 27 horses sold for $ 6,302,000 and an average of $ 233,407. Woodford Thoroughbreds finished first in the session after buying five horses for a gross amount of $ 1,245,000 – an average of $ 249,000.
Shippers have reported a keen interest in the barns.
“The trade has been very good, the mares are selling well,” said Archie St George of St George Sales. “I would say it’s a strong business again. There are a lot of people here who buy foals and they bring in a lot of money.”
St George sold eight horses on Thursday for an average of $ 175,625.
“There’s been a lot of vet work on the good guys; there’s a lot of people trying to buy foals,” he said. “Everything is positive.”
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FIRST PUBLISHED AT 10:24 AM, NOV 12, 2021