11/06/2012 2:22PM

Keeneland November: Mandy Pope strikes again, buys Plum Pretty for $4.2 million

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Plum Pretty sells on Tuesday to Mandy Pope, who on Monday spent $10 million for Havre de Grace.

Less than 24 hours after her record-setting $10 million purchase of Havre de Grace at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall selected mixed sale, Florida-based owner and breeder Mandy Pope set the bar at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale on Tuesday, buying multiple Grade 1 winner Plum Pretty for $4.2 million.

The 4-year-old Medaglia d’Oro filly retired earlier this year with a pair of Grade 1 victories: the 2011 Kentucky Oaks and the 2012 Apple Blossom Handicap. She also won the 2011 Grade 2 Cotillion Stakes and won her prep for the Kentucky Oaks, the Sunland Park Oaks, by 25 lengths. She finished her career with five wins from 12 starts and earnings of $1,688,746.

“We are trying to obviously upgrade our broodmare band and making some big adjustments in the quality that we have,” Pope said. “[Plum Pretty is] going to be right there with Havre de Grace. Obviously, she’s another fantastic racemare, and also another very great-minded mare.”

Pope said both Plum Pretty and Havre de Grace will be sent to Cathy and Wayne Sweezey’s Timber Town Stable in Lexington, Ky., to begin their broodmare careers.

“I may just move in the barn in the stall between the two of them,” Pope joked.

As with Havre de Grace, Pope said she had some stallions in mind for Plum Pretty’s first mating, aimed toward commercial breeding, but also said she would take her time in making a decision.

“Obviously we’re not going to rush into anything,” she said. “A lot of the farms are just setting their stud fees. I’m sure a lot of them may be calling me before I call them. It’s going to be very exciting.”

Plum Pretty was bred in Pennsylvania by Silent Indy Stables and DDS Stables. She was campaigned during her racing career by John Fort’s Peachtree Stable and trained by Bob Baffert. Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, consigned Plum Pretty at the sale.

“I thought it was a fair price,” said Frank Taylor of Taylor Made. “That’s in the range where we thought she would be. She was just a beautiful mare - class. Everything she did was so smart.”

Fort purchased Plum Pretty for $130,000 at the 2010 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. March selected 2-year-olds in training sale. She failed to meet her reserve twice as a yearling, with a final bid of $100,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale and $75,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic Eastern fall yearling sale.

Earlier in the day, Plum Pretty's dam, Liszy, failed to meet her reserve in the auction ring, drawing a high bid of $500,000.
The 12-year-old A.P. Indy mare, who was consigned by Walnut Green, agent, for DDS Stables and Silent Indy Stables, is not in foal.

Liszy, the dam of two winners from four starters, was purchased by Walnut Green for $170,000 at the 2008 Keeneland January sale; she was carrying Plum Pretty at the time. The mare failed to meet her reserve when she brought a high bid of $725,000 at last year's Keeneland November sale.

“I also liked her dam,” Pope said. “We looked at her dam, who I also thought was pretty and good-sized, so hopefully that will transfer into the next generation of babies.”