11/04/2012 6:08PM

Breeders’ Cup will have strong impact on Kentucky mixed sales

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Barbara D. Livingston
Zagora, winner of the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf, will be among the horses to go through the ring Monday evening at the Fasig-Tipton fall selected sale.

The positioning of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky and Keeneland November mixed sales, just days after the Breeders' Cup, encourages buyers to strike while the iron is hot — and both auctions got plenty of major catalog updates as a result of the Breeders’ Cup on Nov. 2 and 3 at Santa Anita Park.

Zagora, winner of the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf, will be among the horses to go through the ring Monday evening at the Fasig-Tipton fall selected sale. Also selling this week at Kentucky's two major mixed sales will be the dam of Trinniberg, as well as half or full siblings to Fort Larned, Wise Dan, Tapizar, and George Vancouver, all of whom won Breeders’ Cup races.

Zagora, a 5-year-old Green Tune mare, is being offered as a racing or broodmare prospect by co-breeder Oceanic Bloodstock, agent. She  will go through the ring as Hip No. 153 at Fasig-Tipton's single-session sale. Zagora won the Filly and Mare Turf on Friday for her fifth graded stakes victory of 2012 and eighth overall for her career.

"I would say she is the Eclipse Award winner," breeder Michel Zerolo of Oceanic said. "I don't know how [they] are going to vote, but I would be heartbroken if she didn't get it. She's a wonderful filly because she's so consistent. Besides being really good, she's unbelievably consistent. She's never run a really bad race in her life."

The last reigning Breeders' Cup winner offered at the Fasig-Tipton mixed sale was Awesome Feather, who brought a sale-topping $2.3 million in 2010 just two days after winning the Juvenile Fillies and assuring herself of a championship title. As he waited for Zagora, en route from California, to arrive on the sales grounds Sunday morning, Zerolo was hopeful for similar success.

"No question, of course," he said. "That's the cherry on the cake, winning a Breeders' Cup. What else can you do?"

Oceanic — which also co-bred 2012 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf winner Flotilla — bred Zagora in France in partnership with Eric Puerari. The filly sold for $139,394 at the 2008 Deauville yearling sale. About two years later, Zerolo helped purchase the filly on behalf of owner Martin S. Schwartz, who sent her to trainer Chad Brown in the United States.

"For me, it's wonderful," Zerolo said of the opportunity to consign the mare as she heads to her next stage of life. "It's like raising your child — you're taking them through every stage of life. I suppose we've gone full circle with her."

The stock of Bella Dorato (Hip No. 22 at Fasig-Tipton), whose value already had skyrocketed in 2012, went even higher on Saturday after her son, Trinniberg, won the Breeders' Cup Sprint. The 9-year-old Bella Dorato  is consigned by Romans Racing & Sales, agent. It was the fourth graded stakes victory of the year for Trinniberg, whose success has been reflected by the popularity of his siblings in the sale ring. His full sister sold for $450,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-olds in training sale in May, making her the highest-priced filly of the sale. Bella Dorato's yearling filly by Bandini sold for $450,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October sale.

Wise Dan captured the Breeders' Cup Mile in course-record time on Saturday to strengthen his bid for Horse of the Year honors. Adena Springs, agent, consigns Courting Elaine (Hip No. 43 at Fasig-Tipton), a half-sister to Wise Dan. By Doneraile Court and out of the Wolf Power mare Lisa Danielle — also dam of multiple graded stakes winner Successful Dan. Courting Elaine is in foal to Awesome Again.

Bedouin Bloodstock, agent, consigns Versailles Song (Hip No. 180 at Fasig-Tipton), a 4-year-old half-sister to Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf winner George Vancouver, as a broodmare prospect. Their dam, the Grade 1-winning Danzig mare Versailles Treaty, also produced graded stakes winner Saarland.

Also selling at Fasig-Tipton will be Ponche de Leona (Hip No. 131), dam of Breeders' Cup Classic runner-up Mucho Macho Man; Refugee (Hip No. 138), dam of Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies runner-up Executiveprivilege; Profit (Hip No. 135), a half-sister by Not For Love to Executiveprivilege, as a racing or broodmare prospect; Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint runner-up Dust and Diamonds (Hip No. 53); and Filly and Mare Sprint third-place finisher Switch (Hip  No. 165), who was second in the event the previous two years.

Being offered at Keeneland on Wednesday, the sale’s second session, is Straw Flower (Hip  NO. 312), a half-sister to Fort Larned, who outdueled Mucho Macho Man to capture the Breeders' Cup Classic. Denali Stud consigns the 5-year-old Straw Flower, who is in foal to champion and first-year sire Uncle Mo. Fort Larned and Straw Flower are out of the Broad Brush mare Arlucea, a daughter of two-time Breeders' Cup Distaff winner Bayakoa.

Tamboz (Hip  No. 317), a full sister to Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile winner Tapizar, will be offered by Elm Tree Farm during Wednesday's session at Keeneland. Tamboz, out of the Deputy Minister mare Winning Call, is in foal to Tiznow.

The Keeneland November sale will offer two members of George Vancouver's family —Provence (Hip  No. 101), his half-sister in foal to Tiznow, during Tuesday's opening session, and the following day, a weanling Tale of the Cat filly (Hip  No. 300) out of Siren Serenade, who is out of Versailles Treaty.

George Vancouver is from the first crop of Coolmore stallion Henrythenavigator, who became the first freshman sire represented by a Breeders' Cup winner since She Be Wild, a member of the first crop of Offlee Wild, won the 2009 Juvenile Fillies.

Henrythenavigator is represented by 31 weanlings cataloged at the Keeneland November sale, and is the sire of one weanling cataloged at Fasig-Tipton. He is the covering sire of 12 cataloged offered at Keeneland.

The only stallion represented by multiple winners at this year's Breeders' Cup was Mizzen Mast, sire of Juvenile Fillies Turf winner Flotilla and Turf Sprint winner Mizdirection. Mizzen Mast is the sire of 12 horses cataloged at Keeneland. He is the covering stallion of five mares cataloged.