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Fasig-Tipton February: Canadian champion Sealy Hill to Regis Farm for $590K
By Joe Nevills
As she kept a watchful eye on her newborn Distorted Humor filly, Canadian Horse of the Year Sealy Hill brought the hammer down at $590,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter mixed sale Monday evening, selling to newcomer Nat Rea's Regis Farm.
The 9-year-old Point Given mare, who delivered her filly on the sale grounds the night before she sold, was consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, as agent for Eugene Melnyk's Winding Oaks Farm. Multiple Sovereign Award-winning owner-breeder Melnyk, who plans to exit the breeding business and concentrate on maintaining a quality racing string, is selling the majority of his remaining broodmares at Fasig-Tipton.
Rea, who made headlines when he purchased the sale-topping $1.45 Street Sense yearling filly at the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale, declined comment following the purchase.
Sealy Hill, a stakes winner as a juvenile, earned three Sovereign Awards, including Canadian Horse of the Year honors, in 2007, when she became the first winner of Canada's Triple Tiara for 3-year-old fillies. She swept the Woodbine Oaks, Bison City Stakes - following the reversal of her disqualification for interference - and the Wonder Where Stakes to capture that series. Also the winner of the Grade 3 Bourbonette Oaks at Turfway Park that season, she earned honors as Canada's champion 3-year-old filly and turf female to go along with her Horse of the Year trophy.
Sealy Hill was multiple Grade 1 placed as a 4-year-old, including a runner-up effort to champion Forever Together in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf. She retired at the end of that season with earnings of $1,747,081.
The first foal out of Sealy Hill, a daughter of the stakes winning Boston Harbor mare Boston Twist, is Hillaby, a 3-year-old Distorted Humor filly who has placed in both her starts.
“[Trainer] Mark Casse likes that one a lot," Duncan Taylor of Taylor Made said of Hillaby. "They think it’s a stakes-caliber horse. [Sealy Hill] is a young, good-looking mare that’s got everything in front of her.”
Homebred in Ontario by Melnyk, Sealy Hill is out of stakes-winning Boston Harbor mare Boston Twist, who has produced one winner from two to race.
“She’s a nice mare, just class,” Mark Taylor of Taylor Made said about Sealy Hill. “I thought she could top the sale, and I don’t know if she’s going to or not, but she sold very well.
“What Mr. Melnyk was able to put together [with his breeding program] is just so impressive, because not only did they perform, but they’re beautiful mares,” Mark Taylor continued. “Sometimes you see mares that ran really well, but they don’t look that great. All his ran great and look great.”
Sealy Hill became the first Canadian Horse of the Year offered at public auction since 2006 champion Arravale, who failed to meet her reserve while drawing a high bid of $1,813,833 at the 2009 Tattersalls December mare sale. Alywow, Horse of the Year in 1994, sold to Skara Glen Stables for $1.2 million at the 1996 Keeneland November breeding stock sale; Curragh Bloodstock purchased her for $1.25 million at the same sale the following year.
For live video of the sale as it progresses, click here.