10/31/2014 3:06PM

Breeders' Cup entrants prominent in sales catalogs

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Barbara D. Livingston
Multiple Grade 1 winner Belle Gallantey will sell at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall mixed sale three days after contesting the Breeders' Cup Distaff.

Breeders’ Cup Distaff contenders Iotapa and Belle Gallantey were both astute claims by their current owners, as they have combined to bankroll nearly $1.5 million and win four Grade 1 events this year. Belle Gallantey, who raced primarily in the claiming and optional-claiming ranks for more than 30 starts, was claimed for $35,000 by Michael Dubb last December and emerged as a star of the East Coast female handicap division, winning the Delaware Handicap and romping in the Beldame. Iotapa, claimed for $50,000 out of her debut win by Hronis Racing back in June 2012, has been one of the best of the West, winning the Vanity Handicap and Clement L. Hirsch.

Iotapa and Belle Gallantey meet for the first time in the $2 million Distaff on Friday at Santa Anita – and could continue to pay dividends with strong performances. The two mares are among several Breeders’ Cup starters, highlighted by four Distaff entrants, entered to sell at Kentucky’s premier breeding stock auctions the week following the Breeders’ Cup. The one-night Fasig-Tipton Kentucky selected fall mixed sale is Nov. 3, with the Keeneland November breeding stock sale kicking off its 11-day run on Nov. 4.

The winner’s circle-to-sales ring angle has been very profitable in the last four years, with six horses to sell immediately following a Breeders’ Cup win averaging $3.36 million in the sales ring. That group is highlighted by Royal Delta, who sold to Besilu Stables for $8.5 million at Keene-land November following her 2011 Distaff victory, as part of the dispersal of her late breeder. The second-highest price of that group came last year, when champion Groupie Doll sold for $3.1 million to Whisper Hill Farm following her second win in the Filly and Mare Sprint.

“A successful effort or meaningful performance by a horse or one of their offspring or close relations in the Breeders’ Cup certainly creates another level of excitement and energy, coming into the sale just two days later,” Fasig-Tipton’s Boyd Browning said. “We all love current news and current information, and it can oftentimes mean a dramatic difference in the sale price of a horse if you’re fortunate enough to sell a Breeders’ Cup winner, or the dam of a Breeders’ Cup winner, or a sibling to a Breeders’ Cup winner. We’ll have our fingers crossed, and we’ll have lots of rooting interest in the Breeders’ Cup and hope for the best.”

Belle Gallantey, who is consigned by Lane’s End, as agent, is among the standouts in a star-studded catalog for this year’s Fasig-Tipton November sale. The mare’s dam, Revealed, and weanling half-brother by Gio Ponti are scheduled to sell on the same evening.

Also cataloged at Fasig-Tipton is Ria Antonia, who won the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies via disqualification, and who enters this year’s Distaff off a runner-up effort in the Spinster at Keeneland. The Rockport Harbor filly, a champion in Canada, will be consigned by Three Chimneys, as agent for owner Loooch Racing.

Iotapa will be among the headliners at the Keeneland November sale after running in the Distaff. The Afleet Alex filly is consigned by Lane’s End, agent. Also in line for a payday pending Iotapa’s Breeders’ Cup performance is her dam, Concinnous, cataloged at Fasig-Tipton.

Distaff entrant Stanwyck also will be consigned by Lane’s End at Keeneland November on behalf of owner-breeders Jerry and Ann Moss. Multiple Grade 1-placed this year, Stanwyck sports a strong catalog page, as the mare is a half-sister to Kentucky Derby winner Giacomo and to Grade 1 winner Tiago.

Other Breeders’ Cup races the sales companies and consignors will be watching closely are the Filly and Mare Turf and Filly and Mare Sprint, each of which has three entrants cataloged at Fasig-Tipton.

Stephanie’s Kitten, winner of the 2011 Juvenile Fillies Turf, has bankrolled more than $2.2 million for owner Ramsey Farm. She and millionaire Dayatthespa – the latter consigned by Lane’s End – both enter the Filly and Mare Turf off Grade 1 victories, scoring in the Flower Bowl at Belmont and the First Lady at Keeneland, respectively. They are joined in the Filly and Mare Turf starting gate by Grade 2 winner Parranda, to be consigned at Fasig-Tipton by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.

Grade 1 winner Judy the Beauty, runner-up in the 2013 Filly and Mare Sprint, Grade 2 winner Leigh Court, and Grade 1-placed Little Alexis are cataloged at Fasig-Tipton after their scheduled starts in this year’s Filly and Mare Sprint. Leigh Court is consigned by Taylor Made as part of the dispersal of prominent owner-breeder Eugene Melnyk’s stock, while Judy the Beauty and Little Alexis are consigned by VanMeter Sales and Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales, respectively.

Also selling at Fasig-Tipton is Grade 2 winner and Juvenile Fillies entrant Cristina’s Journey, consigned by her trainer Dale Romans’s Romans Racing and Sales.

The Fasig-Tipton and Keeneland sales both include connections to starters in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, North America’s richest race. Most notably, three half-sisters to unbeaten champion Shared Belief, who could lock up Horse of the Year honors with a Classic victory, are on offer. Double Major and Multitasker, both in foal to Shared Belief’s sire, Candy Ride, are both cataloged at Fasig-Tipton, while Common Truth, in foal to Congrats, is cataloged for Keeneland.

Champagne Royale, the dam of Grade 1 winner and Classic entrant Majestic Harbor, will be offered at Fasig-Tipton.

Keeneland has another Classic connection in Don’t Surprise Me, a half-sister to Bayern who will sell in foal to Awesome Again.