01/06/2014 4:42PM

Keeneland January: Glen Hill Farm buys Louvakhova for $425,000


Florida-based Glen Hill Farm was the top bidder on the stakes-winning Maria’s Mon mare Louvakhova for $425,000 on Monday at the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale.

The 6-year-old mare, who sold in foal to Arch, won three of 10 starts during her racing career for earnings of $116,378. She is out of the Grade 3-winning Sinndar mare Louvain, making her a half sister to Flotilla, who won the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf and followed up with a win in the Group 1 French One Thousand Guineas in 2013.

“It’s a current family,” said Craig Bernick, president of Glen Hill Farm. “I liked the mating with Arch. Our farm seems to do well on turf, and that’s what we’ll continue to do. She was a horse that we liked here and it made a lot of sense to buy her. It was pretty much my limit for what I thought we were going to spend. I didn’t know if we were going to get for that, but that was about all I had, so I’m happy to get her.”

Bred in Kentucky by Edmund Gann, Louvakhova produced her first foal in 2013, a Mizzen Mast filly. Bernick said he did not have an immediate breeding plan for the mare after she foals, but he had a certain type of stallion in mind.

“It’s going to have to be somebody with some size and stretch to them,” he said. “She could go to Medaglia d’Oro or a horse like that. It would have to be a horse with some size. With her, I don’t think she’d be going to an unproven stallion.”

Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency consigned Louvakhova as agent.