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Fasig-Tipton sale: Bodemeister’s dam goes to Coolmore for $5 million
By Joe Nevills
Untouched Talent, dam of Grade 1 winner and dual classic runner-up Bodemeister, sold to Michael Vincent Magnier of the Coolmore partnership for $5 million, the second-highest price of Monday’s Fasig-Tipton Kentucky selected fall mixed sale.
The Grade 3-winning 8-year-old Storm Cat mare gained national attention when Bodemeister, her first foal to race, became one of the standout 3-year-olds of his class earlier this year. In addition to her ontrack success as a producer, Untouched Talent also established herself as a successful commercial broodmare this fall when her Smart Strike filly brought $1.3 million at the Keeneland September sale.
“There was a lot involved,” said Aisling Duignan, director of bloodstock at Coolmore America. “She’s a very good-looking mare, her yearling was very good looking at the sales in September. She’ll go home to be bred to [elite international sire] Galileo in Ireland. That’s the plan for her.
“For a young mare like that to produce a horse like Bodemeister – and then produce a very nice yearling like she did – she’s young, she’s well-achieved, and she’s a great looker,” Duignan continued. “She suits the program.”
Brookdale Sales consigned Untouched Talent as agent for Virginia-based Audley Farm, who also bred Bodemeister and the seven-figure filly. Untouched Talent sold in foal to Unbridled’s Song.
“It was a nice culmination of a great year for Audley, raising a great horse like Bodemeister,” said Joe Seitz of Brookdale Sales, “and this is why a mare like this sells like that, because of a good program. It’s because they put their time and their money in, and their effort.”
Untouched Talent is out of the multiple Grade 3-winning A.P. Indy mare Parade Queen, who is a producer of four winners from seven to start. She is a half-sister to stakes winner King Gulch.
This is the second time that Untouched Talent has brought seven figures at public auction, having been purchased by Audley Farm at the 2007 Keeneland November breeding stock sale for $1.2 million. Bodemeister sold for $260,000 at the 2010 Keeneland September yearling sale.
The mare couldn't race past 2. Bodemeister couldn't make it to 4. No one wants to breed for stamina or endurance. Cheap Speed and short careers is the breeders money maker!!
“For a young mare like that to produce a horse like Bodemeister" Bodemeister won 1 big race, the Arkansas Derby. Or are we considering horses that finish second in big races as "great horses" now? He was 2nd in the San Felipe, the Kentucky Derby, and Preakness. Hardly the resume of a great horse but hey it's not my 5 million. ha ha
Would love to see Audley, Sagamore and other fine farms in that region truly get their Broodmare programs going but Damn, save and breed a few before 'giving it all away.' !!!