11/03/2014 9:35PM

Fasig-Tipton November: Breeders' Cup heroine Dayatthespa sells for $2.1 million to Stonestreet

Barbara D. Livingston
Dayatthespa sold for $2.1 million to Stonestreet Farm two days after her Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf victory.

by Joe Nevills and Nicole Russo

Just over 48 hours after her victory in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf, Dayatthespa continued to make headlines, selling for $2.1 million to Barbara Banke’s Stonestreet Farm at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall selected mixed sale.

The 5-year-old City Zip mare was consigned by Lane’s End, as agent. The New York-bred raced for the partnership of Jerry Frankel, Ronald Frankel, Steve Laymon, and Bradley Thoroughbreds.

Emphasizing the strength of the New York-bred program this season, immediately following Dayatthespa through the ring was Grade 1 winner and racetrack rival Discreet Marq, who sold for $2.4 million to Irish-based Moyglare Stud Farm.

Dayatthespa capitalized on the Breeders’ Cup-to-sales ring angle that has been very profitable in the last five years, with six horses to sell immediately following a Breeders’ Cup win averaging $3.36 million in the sales ring during that period, prior to Monday night. That group is highlighted by Royal Delta, who sold to Besilu Stables for $8.5 million at Keeneland November following her 2011 Distaff victory, as part of the dispersal of her late breeder.

Dayatthespa won 11 of 18 starts, including 10 stakes victories, and only finished worse than second three times in her career, bankrolling $2,288,892 under the care of trainer Chad Brown.

"I just watched her race at Santa Anita and was very impressed. She's a beautiful horse," said Banke. "[She will] probably not [race again]. She's done so much and I think she's probably in line for an Eclipse Award. She's done a lot. She's balanced, she's super fast, she has a good broodmare sire. She'll fit right in."

Dayatthespa won her first five starts as a 3-year-old, including the Grade 3 Herecomesthebride Stakes and Grade 3 Appalachian Stakes before capping the streak with her first Grade 1 victory, the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland. An injury suffered in the Grade Matriarch Stakes ended her streak and her season. The following year, the filly added a pair of minor stakes wins in New York to her resume, and finished second in the Grade 1 First Lady Stakes at Keeneland.

This year, Dayatthespa returned in the summer to finish second in the De La Rose Stakes before winning the Yaddo Stakes over fellow statebred millionaire Discreet Marq. She then returned to Keeneland to win the First Lady, then added the Filly and Mare Turf in front-running fashion, successfully carrying her speed the classic distance of a mile and a quarter.

“A lot of folks didn't think she had a [distance] pedigree from City Zip, but her mother's full brother was a mile and a quarter horse, and it's kind of hidden in the pedigree,” Laymon said. “So we always wanted her to have her on go long, and we finally got that chance.”

Lane’s End stands City Zip and was excited to have the opportunity to consign the mare.

“Getting another Grade 1 and getting her to a million dollars [with the First Lady win] was a huge achievement, but to win the Breeders’ Cup on top of it, going longer than anyone might have believed she could do is a huge deal,” Allaire Ryan said. “She has three Grade 1 wins now and she has over $2 million in earnings. She’s done everything they’ve asked of her. It’s neat to see a horse with that much heart and that much will.

“Physically, she’s got everything you could want in a broodmare prospect,” Ryan continued. “She’s really well-made, she’s very balanced, nice depth through her shoulder and girth. That intangible quality, and that heart and the will to run is something that I think is important in mares because they can pass it on. It’s one of those intrinsic kind of qualities that not every mare has, and you know it when you see it.

Dayatthespa is one of four winners from as many starters out of her dam, a half sister to two stakes winners. It is the extended family of champion and sire Hat Trick.

Discreet Marq, a 4-year-old Discreetly Mine filly, was consigned as agent by Christophe Clement, who trained her for owner Patricia Generazio. She was offered as a racing or broodmare prospect.

Discreet Marq won seven of 19 career starts, finishing out of the top three only four times, for earnings of $1,067,900. She won a pair of graded stakes events in 2013, hitting her high note when shipping cross-country to win the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks. She placed in four other Grade 1 events during her career.

Discreet Marq is out of the stakes winning Marquetry mare To Marquet, whose four winners from six starters also include two stakes placed runners.