01/06/2014 11:42AM

Keeneland January: LNJ Foxwoods buys Life Happened, dam of Vyjack, Tepin, for $750,000


Life Happened, whose three graded stakes performers are led by Grade 2 winner Vyjack, sold for $750,000 to bloodstock agents Jason Litt and Alex Solis for owners LNJ Foxwoods on Monday during the opening session of the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale.

The 13-year-old Stravinsky mare was consigned as agent by Select Sales. She was offered carrying a foal from the final crop of the late Harlan’s Holiday, whose standout runners include Grade 1 winner Into Mischief, the sire of Vyjack.

“You can breed her to anything and she’ll throw big and gorgeous,” said Carrie Brogden of Select Sales. “She’s uncomplicated. She throws runners. … Is it possible that the foal she’s carrying will bring the same price that she will today? Sure, if she throws what she always throws, absolutely. We bred her to Harlan’s Holiday, because I think I was one of his biggest fans. Each year, we bred five mares to him, and last year, we bred five mares to him.”

Litt said that the mare would remain in Kentucky to foal for new owners LNJ Foxwoods; a husband, wife, and daughter operation whose current runners include stakes-placed winner Fleet of Gold.

“We bought her for a client that’s building up a broodmare band,” Litt said. “She seemed like a logical choice with pretty good runners – Vyjack, obviously, and the filly is very impressive. She’s a beautiful mare that’s in foal to the last crop of Harlan’s Holiday, so it’s pretty exciting.”

Unraced herself, Life Happened is the dam of four winners from as many starters, including Vyjack, who captured last year’s Grade 2 Jerome Stakes and Grade 3 Gotham Stakes before finishing third in the Grade 1 Wood Memorial to earn a place in the Kentucky Derby starting gate. Life Happened is also the dam of Tepin, winner of last fall’s Grade 3 Delta Princess Stakes and Grade 3-placed winner Prime Cut.

Life Happened is the dam of a newly-turned 2-year-old filly by More Than Ready, and a Gio Ponti colt foaled last year.

“Honestly, I thought the price was really good value,” Litt said. “We really thought that she would bring a bit more, and honestly, I was just here in case, so we were very pleased. We really just threw up a couple bids and then it stopped. It was still a good amount of money, but at the end of the day, you don’t see that many mares that have this much kind of production record and with this much potential upside.”

The mare’s dam, the stakes-placed winning Apalachee mare Round It Off, is the dam of four winners from as many starters, including multiple Grade 3 winner Disco Rico and stakes placed Bubbly Baily. Round It Off is a half sister to Grade 2 winner Miss Slewpy.

This marked the fourth time Life Happened changed hands at public auction, with her highest previous price being the $50,000 she fetched at the 2006 Keeneland November breeding stock sale, when she was purchased by B.J. Geissinger.

The Brogdens’ Machmer Hall Stud purchased her for just $4,500 out of the 2008 Keeneland November sale.

“The funny thing was when we originally bought her, people from Australia called us and offered us a profit to resell her, and we said ‘OK,’ and they never came up with the money and we ended up keeping her and breeding her,” Carrie Brogden said. “What a blessing in disguise that they didn’t come up with the money.

“Every year when she foaled, I knew she was going to throw a great foal. That’s just what she does,” Brogden added. “It’s going to be hard to sell her, but at the same point, it’s a business, and risk versus reward, I certainly think she’s one of those that has been good to us, and I guarantee she’ll be good to her next owners, too. She’s that kind of horse. … She’s massive, and she’s deceptively massive because she’s got great balance. She throws great runners. It’s bittersweet to sell her. If we had won the lottery, she wouldn’t be in the sale.”

--additional reporting by Nicole Russo