11/04/2014 1:06PM

Keeneland November: Egg Drop sells to Bridlewood for $1.9 million

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by Joe Nevills and Nicole Russo

Grade 1 winner Egg Drop, in foal to leading sire Tapit, sold for $1.9 million to Bridlewood Farm of Ocala, Fla., to set the bar early at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale’s first session Tuesday.

The 5-year-old Alphabet Soup mare, who was campaigned during her career by Little Red Feather Racing, was consigned by Taylor Made Sales, as agent.

It was the second big purchase of the breeding stock sales season for Bridlewood, which landed Concinnous, dam of multiple Grade 1 winner Iotapa, for $2 million at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall selected mixed sale Monday night. That mare was also in foal to Tapit.

"We're trying to build a special program one horse at a time," Bridlewood's George Isaacs said. "This is literally our second mare. We bought  Concinnous last night at Fasig-Tipton, and now [Egg Drop]. ... This mare obviously had all the ingredients we were looking for - first of all, an alpha physical. She's a beautiful mare with a very good pedigree, a great race record. I think she'll be a great broodmare. Rest assured, she'll be bred back to a top stallion again next year."

Egg Drop won six of 13 starts for earnings of $534,020. She blossomed in California last year for trainer Mike Mitchell, winning, in succession, the Grade 2 Yellow Ribbon Handicap at Del Mar, the Grade 2 Goldikova Stakes at Santa Anita Park, and finally, her signature victory in the Grade 1 Matriarch Stakes at Hollywood Park.

Egg Drop returned to finish second in the Grade 2 Buena Vista Stakes in February at Santa Anita before a tendon injury ended her career.

"We just know what a fabulous mare she is and how much she means to all our partners, so there's mixed emotions, but she's going to a great home," Little Red Feather founder and managing partner Billy Koch said of selling the mare. "We're so pleased with the people that bought her. Hopefully she'll have real fast babies. When you're in a partnership, it's hard sometimes, but you have to do the right thing, and we knew someday this would probably have to happen. The decision was difficult, but we try to do our best for our partners and our partnerships so we can ultimately reinvest in the industry and keep it going that way. We'll look for the next Egg Drop, hopefully."

Egg Drop sold in foal to leading sire Tapit on an April cover. With runners such as Kentucky Oaks and Breeders' Cup Distaff winner Untapable and Belmont Stakes and Jockey Club Gold Cup winner Tonalist on the track, the Gainesway sire has set a North American single-season progeny earnings record this year. He will stand for $300,000 in 2015 – double the $150,000 fee Egg Drop’s foal was conceived on.

“She’s gorgeous. She’s really cool,” Taylor Made’s Mark Taylor said of Egg Drop. “She’s almost white and in foal to Tapit. You can just imagine, she’s going to have a big, gray, good-looking Tapit foal. She was a really gutsy performer. She won her Grade 1 on the turf, but she could also run on the dirt. She’s just like an old-time throwback, sound horse. She’s really, really nice.

Florida-bred Egg Drop is one of four winners from as many starters out of the winning Adhocracy mare Rehocracy - a half sister to multiple stakes winner Redoubled Miss.