11/04/2013 7:50PM

Fasig-Tipton November: Canadian champion Inglorious sells to Australian farm for $1.35 million


Inglorious, Canada’s champion 3-year-old filly of 2011, sold to Kia-Ora Stud Australia for $1.35 million on Monday during the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall selected mixed sale.

The 5-year-old Hennessy mare, who was retired earlier this year, was offered as a broodmare prospect by Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent.

“She’s a great physical type,” said Alex Kingston, equine manager of Kia-Ora-Stud. “She’s got a very good hindquarter, she’s got a very good shoulder, a good head, and she’s exactly what we’re looking to buy. We expected to pay over a million for her, and she’s definitely, and we’re definitely happy with our purchase.”

A stakes winner as a juvenile, Inglorious blossomed in the spring of her 3-year-old season, capturing the Woodbine Oaks before defeating males to win the Queen’s Plate, the first leg of the Canadian Triple Crown. She is one of five fillies to complete that double, along with Flaming Page (1962), La Lorgnette (1985), Dance Smartly (1991), and Dancethruthedawn (2001). The campaign earned Inglorious Sovereign Award honors as Canada's outstanding 3-year-old filly of 2011. 

Also five times graded stakes-placed in the U.S. and Canada, Inglorious retired with five wins from 16 starts for earnings of $1,421,222.

Bred in Ontario by Arosa Farms, Inglorious raced for Donver Stable, which purchased her for $83,556 out of Hill 'n' Dale's consignment at the Ontario yearling sale.

Inglorious is out of the stakes winning Smart Strike mare Noble Strike, a Canadian Broodmare of the Year. The mare is the dam of three winners from as many starters, with a second Canadian classic winner in Dixie Strike, a millionaire filly who won the Prince of Wales Stakes last year. Noble Strike is also the dam of stakes-placed winner Sebastian’s Song.

"She won the Queen’s Plate and Canadian Oaks and was a champion," John Sikura of Hill 'n' Dale said. "She’s a sister to a millionaire and a millionaire herself, out of a very good stakes- winning Smart Strike mare. She’s beautiful, she’s open to cover as you please. She’s a mare sort of for all spectrums – grass, dirt, long, short, Europe, America. She was a multi-surface performer. If you look at that mare, you can see that she could run. She’s got strength, balance, width. She stands square and stands over a lot of ground. She’s a quality individual."

Kingston would not reveal the farm’s plans for the mare’s first mating when she ships to Australia, but hinted that it would be a high-quality cross.

“She’ll go to one of the best stallions in Australia at the moment, and obviously be very commercial within the industry in Australia,” she said.