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Keeneland September Yearling Sale Day 3Keeneland September Yearling Sale Day 3 - Top Filly HIP 541 Indian Charlie - Take Charge Lady
(Image and Footage : Keeneland)

9 - 21 September 2013

Whisper Hill Farm’s Mandy Pope, who bought the $10 million Havre de Grace (Saint Liam) last year at FTKNOV, could well have another sale topper on her hands after going to $2.2 million for an Indian Charlie daughter of Take Charge Lady (Dehere) yesterday at Keeneland September. The filly is a half-sister to recent GI Travers Stakes hero, Will Take Charge (Unbridled’s Song) and to last season’s GI Florida Derby winner, Take Charge Indy (A.P. Indy).

The transaction highlighted a hugely successful third day of selling at Keeneland. The third session average of $310,296 (over R3million) was up 19.9% from the combined average of the first two days of selling, while the median of $240,000 was 20%. Pope, who outlasted Spendthrift’s B. Wayne Hughes to land the filly, has been building a powerhouse breeding and racing operation in recent years. In addition to Havre de Grace, she also purchased the $4.2million Plum Pretty (Medaglia d’Oro) last fall at KEENOV, and confirmed her most recent purchase will ultimately join her broodmare band.

“She’ll be a delight to have, and something to go along with Havre de Grace and Plum Pretty after she becomes a famous racehorse,” Pope smiled. “She’s absolutely beautiful. She’s from a stellar family, she’s by Indian Charlie, who sired a wonderful filly in Indian Blessing, and we hope she follows in the footsteps of her daddy and her mother and her brothers.”

The filly is the second seven-figure sales yearling from Take Charge Lady, the tough-as-nails racemare and Keeneland ace whose wins included the GI Ashland Stakes and two editions of the GI Spinster Stakes. Her first foal was the striking-but-starcrossed Charming (Seeking the Gold), a $3.2million yearling in 2006 who suffered a career-ending injury shortly into her racing days. “We were expecting right around $2 million,” Pope said of the Indian Charlie filly. “She was a standout; she was my pick of the sale.”

Pope maintains a broodmare band of about 25 at Whisper Hill, and has a racing stable of about 45 horses. She both sells and races, and she said the commercial breeder in her was encouraged by the sharp upswing in the market at September. “But what I hope, and this is a very important thing going forward, is that stud farms don’t get stupid and go crazy on stud fees now,” she said. “It seems like every time as a breeder we can get our head above water and get some nice horses and pay our stud fees, the market goes up and then it becomes insane again for the breeders.”

No consignor at the Keeneland September sale has sold more seven-figure horses than John Sikura’s Hill ‘n Dale, which has accounted for a trio of $1 million-plus transactions. That includes the sale-topping $2.2million Indian Charlie x Take Charge Lady filly, as well as yesterday’s $1.7million Medaglia d’Oro x Supercharger colt. Hill ‘n Dale also sold Tuesday’s $1million Smart Strike x Serenading colt. “We thought we had break-out horses, and every horse sold and met our expectations,” Sikura said of his elite group. “And a few exceeded our expectations.” He continued, “I think there’s optimism in the market, and there’s a lot of participation. The people here are finding the good horses and spending their money when they land on the same ones. There’s a lot of competition, and the prices are reflecting that.”

Wednesday 11 September 2013

Lot # Sire Dam Price ($) Purchased By
523 Medaglia d’Oro Supercharger 1,700,000 Spendthrift & Stonestreet Stables LLC
515 Tapit Succcessful Outlook 1,550,000 Regis Farms & Stonestreet Stables LLC
496 Galileo Starlight Dreams 1,400,000 MV Magnier
640 Tapit Above Perfection 725,000 McCalmont Bloodstock, agent for Jon Kelly
479 Distorted Humor Soul Search 600,000 Shadwell Estate Company, Ltd

Wednesday 11 September 2013

Lot # Sire Dam Price ($) Purchased By
541 Indian Charlie Take Charge Lady 2,200,000 Whisper Hill Farm LLC
446 Tiznow Silken Cat 1,750,000 Borges Torrealba Holdings
463 Indian Charlie Smart Surprise 625,000 Borges Torrealba Holdings
470 Distorted Humor Social Page 575,000 Live Oak Plantation
554 Scat Daddy Tempting Note 550,000 Bridlewood Farm

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