01/08/2013 2:58PM

Keeneland January sale: Street Sense filly to Regis Farms for $1.45 million

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Regis Farms purchased a Street Sense filly for $1.45 million on Tuesday at the Keeneland January sale

A yearling filly by Street Sense rocketed to the top of the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale’s second session, selling to Nat Rea’s Regis Farms for $1.45 million, the second-highest price ever paid for a yearling at the January sale.

The dark bay or brown filly, a March foal, is out of Grade 3-placed stakes winner Please Sign In, who has produced two winners from three to race, including Certify, who was named Europe’s champion 2-year-old filly in 2012, and Grade 1 winner Cry and Catch Me.

The Doc's Leader mare is from the family of champion European sire Habitat, multiple Group 1 winner Suave Dancer, and German champion Shicklah.

The yearling filly’s final bid ranked second all-time among yearlings at the Keeneland January sale behind Inkling, a Seeking the Gold filly who sold to the Coolmore partnership for $3.4 million at the 1998 sale.

Representatives for Regis Farms declined to comment on the purchase.

Bred in Kentucky by the partnership of Alfred Nuckols Jr.’s Hurstland Farm, William Kartozian, and Darley, the filly was consigned as agent by Hurstland Farm.

“I thought coming up here, she was a $300,000 to $450,000-type filly, and the longer I had her up here, everybody was interested, and we started getting feedback with people saying what a lovely filly she was,” Nuckols said. “The word was getting around the sales grounds, and I didn’t get in the way.

“She had a perfect scope report, her X-rays were clean,” Nuckols continued. “She’s a beautiful filly for her size and conformation. I’ve had the whole family for four generations, and she’s probably the nicest individual to come along so far.”

The filly is the second-highest-priced foal out of Please Sign In to sell at public auction, behind Cry and Catch Me, who brought $3.5 million at the 2012 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall breeding stock sale.

The sale was clearly an emotional one for Nuckols, who was congratulated by several breeders, consignors and Keeneland sales employees in the minutes following the drop of the hammer. Nuckols said it was the highest price he has ever gotten for one of his own fillies.

“I’ve had the whole family for four generations, and she’s probably the nicest individual to come along so far,” he said. “Her mother is such a great mare. I raced her mother, and I’ve always just loved this family. This has been a very special family for the Hurstland family and the Nuckols family. It’s a very, very large privilege to still have a part of this family, especially when it sells like this.

“I’ve never had this happen before, and I didn’t think I would see it today,” he continued. “I thought if everything went really funny today, I might get $600,000 or $700,000, but I never thought she’d double it.”