11/04/2014 4:01PM

Keeneland November: Well-bred Stanwyck fetches $2.4 million


Regally-bred Grade 3 winner Stanwyck became the third horse to reach the seven-figure threshold during Tuesday’s opening session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale, selling for $2.4 million to Steven Young, as agent for an undisclosed client.

The 5-year-old Empire Maker mare was consigned as a broodmare prospect by Lane’s End, as agent. Stanwyck, who raced for breeders Jerry and Ann Moss, entered the Keeneland sale off a seventh-place finish in last Friday’s Breeders’ Cup Distaff.

"She’s got pretty much everything you want in a broodmare prospect," Allaire Ryan of Lane's End said. "She’s a beautiful physical and that’s a pretty neat family to tap in to. There really aren’t many opportunities like that to buy a sister to a classic winner and classic performers. The Empire Makers are getting few and far between here."

Stanwyck won three of 18 career starts, highlighted by a victory in the Grade 3 Turnback the Alarm Handicap last year, for earnings of $474,250. Her six additional stakes placings included third-place efforts in this year’s Personal Ensign Stakes and Santa Margarita Stakes, both Grade 1 events.

Out of the stakes winning Stop the Music mare Set Them Free, Stanwyck is a half sister to Kentucky Derby winner Giacomo, who bankrolled more than $2.5 million; multiple Grade 1 winner Tiago, who earned more than $2.3 million; and multiple graded stakes placed Sea Jewel. Stanwyck and all three of her stakes-competing half-siblings were bred by and raced for the Mosses, who purchased Set Them Free prior to her racing career.

"When you sit there and you've got a shot to buy her, she's a half sister to a Kentucky Derby winner," Young said. "I have a great respect for the Moss family and their operation. Jerry's done great with Set Them Free. I think if he was maybe a few years younger, [Stanwyck] would never hit the market. She's a standout mare. All she has to do is produce herself one time. There's no ceiling to what she might throw."

Matthew Linda Jr. More than 1 year ago
Guess what ?? BARBARA is turning in her GRAVE. There should be a 2% retainer paid to 'VITO PEPPERONI STANWYCK' who has nothing to share about this article. MAMA MIA
TRacingLifeMore More than 1 year ago
When Giacomo won the Derby, he had a poor dosage index for route races. Then his later siblings Tiago and Stanwyck turned out to be route horses (which is one example why the whole dosage system is bogus). Always nice to see a family with distance potential carry on their blood in this industry.