11/03/2014 9:12PM

Fasig-Tipton November: Sweet Lulu, Wine Princess each fetch $3 million


by Joe Nevills and Nicole Russo

Grade 1 winner Sweet Lulu sold for $3 million to Summer Wind Farm and Grade 2 winner Wine Princess went for the same figure to Dattt Farm to rank among top prices Monday evening at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall selected mixed sale.

Sweet Lulu, a daughter of Mr. Greeley, was consigned by Taylor Made Sales, as agent. Wine Princess, by Ghostzapper, was consigned by Hill 'n' Dale Sales. Each sold carrying their first foal, both by popular young commercial sire War Front.

The two mares' price tags made them the second-highest prices midway through the Fasig-Tipton November sale, behind $3.1-million Princess of Sylmar, who went to Shadai Farm of Japan. Multiple Grade 1 winners Stephanie's Kitten and Stopchargingmaria would have topped that mark but failed to meet their reserves, with final bids of $3.95 million and $3.15 million, respectively.

"We just every year try to get one or two good mares to add to our broodmare band, and I think today we've been extremely successful," said Jane Lyon of Summer Wind Farm. Earlier in the evening, the operation landed Littleprincessemma, carrying a full sibling to multiple Grade 1 winner American Pharoah, for $2.1 million. "[Sweet Lulu] was actually my pick of both sales, so I'm so excited to have gotten her. Actually they were both higher than I'd hoped, but apparently the market is the market."

Sweet Lulu, unraced as a juvenile, was among the standout 3-year-old fillies of 2013, winning the Grade 1 Test Stakes and finishing second in the Cotillion Stakes and La Brea Stakes, both also Grade 1 events. She earned $693,600 in all.

Out of the Grade 3 winning Orientate mare Successful Outlook, Sweet Lulu is a half sister to Iron Fist, Grade 1-placed as a juvenile this year.

Wine Princess is out of 2002 Horse of the Year Azeri, whose multiple Grade 1 victories were highlighted by the Breeders’ Cup Distaff. Azeri, also the Eclipse Award winner as champion older female three years in a row, also won three editions of the Apple Blossom Stakes.

Azeri is the dam of four winners from as many starters, with Wine Princess the most accomplished among those, bankrolling $461,561. She won the Grade 2 Falls City Handicap and Grade 3 Monmouth Oaks, and her four additional graded stakes placings included a third in the Grade 1 Spinster Stakes. Azeri is also the dam of Grade 2 placed winner Arienza.

Azeri’s first three foals were born in the U.S. before she was sold for $2,250,000 to Japanese interests at the 2009 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. As such, Wine Princess represented a commercial rarity in North America – particularly as half-brother Take Control is deceased, leaving Wine Princess and Arienza as the only members of the line here.

"War Front's a magic thing," said Craig Bandoroff of Denali Stud, where Wine Princess will be boarded for Dattt. "She's a beautiful mare, she's one of the best physicals here, in our opinion, of mares in foal. He's bought mares before, but he's decided to up his game and play at a high level. Hopefully we'll get a good foal out of her and figure out what to do with her and take it from there. He may race the foal, we may sell it, but it's all pretty fluid."

Shortly before the pair of $3 million sales, international star Sarah Lynx sold for $2.6 million to Don Alberto Corp. and champion She’s a Tiger sold for $2.5 million to Katsumi Yoshida to also rank among the Fasig-Tipton sale's top prices.

Sarah Lynx, a 7-year-old daughter of Montjeu, was consigned by Brookdale Sales, as agent. The mare is carrying a foal from the final crop of Street Cry. She’s a Tiger, a 3-year-old Tale of the Cat filly, was consigned by Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales, as agent. The filly raced for a partnership headed by Dr. Mark Dedomenico.

Both Don Alberto Corp., which purchased Vinery last year, and Yoshida, who owns Japan’s Northern Farm, were active with multiple high-profile purchases Monday evening.

Sarah Lynx bankrolled $1,101,468 while competing in France, Germany, Canada, Japan, and Hong Kong. A Group 2 winner in France, she scored her signature victory in the Grade 1 Canadian International at Woodbine.

Out of the Group 3 winning Danehill mare Steel Princess, Sarah Lynx is a half sister to Group 3 placed stakes winner Sugar Boy

She's a Tiger won the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante and the Landaluce Stakes and finished second in both the Grade 1 Chandelier Stakes and Grade 2 Sorrento Stakes last year. She crossed the line first in the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, but was subsequently disqualified for interference and was placed second, giving Ria Antonia the official victory. Despite the mishap, She’s a Tiger was honored with her divisional Eclipse Award. The filly was seventh in her only start at 3, the Grade 3 Eight Belles Stakes at Churchill Downs on May 2, prior to being retired. She won three of seven starts and earned $727,650 in all.

Out of the stakes winning Cahill Road mare Shandra Smiles, She's a Tiger is a half sister to Smiling Tiger, a West Coast-based sprinter who won seven graded stakes races, including three Grade 1 events. Shandra Smiles is a half sister to three other stakes placed winners.

“She’s a beautiful mare, full of class,” Sikura said. “She’s a champion and a sister to a Grade 1 winner. She’s a big, beautiful champion with an active family, open to breed her to whomever you like. She’s spectacular. She has so much class to her. You’d look at her and say, ‘Who’s that?’ She’s got a great frame, great leg, just superb.”