09/19/2016 2:26PM

Book 2 topper has familiar pedigree


A Curlin colt sold for $1 million last Friday to lead Keeneland September’s Book 2 portion, with the book’s second-most-expensive offering being a $750,000 Uncle Mo colt sold the following day. If some names on the catalog pages looked familiar, it’s for good reason: The two colts share a family tree.

The family connection starts with Gils Magic, a mare by Northern Dancer’s son Magesterial born in 1983. Unplaced in her only start, Gils Magic went on to produce 14 foals; 11 made it to the races, and 10 won, led by multiple Grade 1 winner Magical Maiden, Grade 2 winner Magical Mile, and stakes winner Magic Sister. Several of Gils Magic’s daughters went on to become successful broodmares in their own right, leading to a continued proliferation of her lines.

Magical Maiden, by Lord Avie, produced another Grade 1 winner in Miss Houdini. The latter also followed in her dam’s footsteps by becoming a solid broodmare, with four winners, including Grade 2 victor Papa Clem.

Her 2005 Victory Gallop filly, stakes-placed Magical Victory, is the dam of the $750,000 Uncle Mo colt, who sold to Lane’s End. Columbiana Farm consigned the colt as agent for breeder Bo Hirsch, who also bred and raced his dam.

“I usually don’t sell, so I have mixed emotions,” Hirsch said. “I breed to race, but I do sell occasionally.”

Another of Gils Magic’s foals – Magical Maiden’s half-sister – was the winning Miswaki mare Magical Flash. She is among the most successful broodmares from the family, producing Grade 3 winner Take the Ribbon and stakes winners Flash Forward, Flash Mash, Glinda the Good, Bright Magic, and Hot War. Glinda the Good, a 2009 Hard Spun mare bred by Stonestreet Farm, is the dam of the $1 million book-topper, with agent Mike Ryan signing that ticket for E5 Racing. The colt was consigned by Hill ‘n’ Dale, which stands Curlin, as agent for Stonestreet.

“He was a beautiful horse,” Stonestreet bloodstock adviser John Moynihan said. “We put him in Book 2 hoping he would be just an absolute standout, and it kind of worked out that way. He was a phenomenal horse.”