11/04/2014 4:43PM

Keeneland November: Coolmore buys sale-leading Naples Bay for $3.6 million


With some major sire power behind her, regally-bred Grade 3 winner Naples Bay sold for a sale-leading $3.6 million to Coolmore’s M.V. Magnier during the Keeneland November breeding stock sale’s first session on Tuesday afternoon.

The 6-year-old daughter of Coolmore sire Giant’s Causeway sold in foal to popular young commercial sire War Front. She was consigned by Claiborne Farm, which stands that covering sire.

"She comes from a great family," Magnier said. "She's by Giant's Causeway. She's in foal to War Front, we'll be looking forward to seeing that. We're not sure what we're going to do with her, but she could easily go back to Galileo. We'll decide in the next couple days."

This was the second trip through the Keeneland November sale ring for Naples Bay, who sold for $350,000 as a weanling to Edward A. Cox Jr., who campaigned her during her on-track career under trainer Christophe Clement.

The mare won five of 18 starts, all on turf, for earnings of $338,770. She found the winner’s circle in the Grade 3 Noble Damsel Stakes and Marshua’s River Stakes and hit the board in two additional Grade 3 stakes. Her Marshua’s River victory came this past January, before she was retired and got in foal to War Front on a February cover.

Bred in Kentucky by Albert and Joyce Bell, Naples Bay is out of the stakes-winning Bailjumper mare Cappucino Bay, whose five winners from seven foals to race are highlighted by Medaglia d’Oro, a three-time Grade 1 winner, who also finished second in the Belmont Stakes and two editions of the Breeders’ Cup Classic. He is now one of North America’s leading sires, based at Darley’s Jonabell Farm in Lexington, Ky.

"I want to thank Mr. Cox for letting us sell her," Claiborne's Walker Hancock said. "She's a great mare. I'm very happy for him. She's obviously got every quality to be a great broodmare, and I'm happy for Coolmore to have her. We honestly didn't know where she was going to end up. We were obviously pleased. We had some kind of idea from [the Fasig-Tipton sale] last night what the [in foal to] War Front mares were bringing. We were very pleased with the sale."