11/05/2012 8:48PM

Fasig-Tipton sale: Grace Hall brings hammer down at $3.2 million


Reynolds Bell Jr., agent, went to $3,200,000 to acquire Grade 1 winner Grace Hall at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky selected fall mixed sale Monday night.

The 3-year-old Empire Maker filly was consigned as a racing or broodmare prospect by Lane’s End, agent. She brought the second-highest price through the midway point of the single-session sale, trailing only 2011 Horse of the Year Havre de Grace, who sold for $10 million

Purchased for $95,000 by trainer Anthony Dutrow at the 2010 Keeneland September yearling sale, Grace Hall won the Grade 1 Spinaway Stakes at Saratoga as a 2-year-old, then added three Grade 2 events to her résumé this year, taking the Gulfstream Oaks, Delaware Oaks, and Indiana Oaks. She finished fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic last Friday at Santa Anita

Grace Hall also was second in the 2011 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies and third in this year’s Kentucky Oaks.

Out of the stakes-winning and group stakes-placed mare Season’s Greetings, by Ezzoud, Grace Hall is a half-sister to two winners. Other notable family members include Grade or Group 1 winners Life at the Top and Cutlass Bay.