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Keeneland sale: Afleet Again, 2011 BC Marathon winner, sold to Korean interests
By Joe Nevills
Afleet Again, winner of the 2011 Breeders' Cup Marathon, was the final horse to go through the ring at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale Monday, with Yoon Heung Yul of Korea signing the $30,000 ticket for the stallion prospect.
The 5-year-old Afleet Alex horse was consigned by Three Chimneys Sales, agent.
"They liked the pedigree very much, and we knew that we were going to buy a prospect anyway, for a stallion," Yoonie Choi said on behalf of the KOID group, which purchased the horse for a private client.
Afleet Again was campaigned during the bulk of his racing career by Cash Is King LLC, the same stable that owned his sire, dual classic winner Afleet Alex. He was sold privately to Robert and Susan Krangel's Kasey K Racing Stable during summer of 2011 and won the Grade 2 Breeders' Cup Marathon in November at Churchill Downs.
Afleet Again finished his career with four wins from 25 career starts and $695,299 in earnings. In addition to his Marathon score, Afleet Again also won the Grade 3 Withers Stakes in 2010.
Bred in Kentucky by Roll Z Dice Racing Stable, Afleet Again is out of the Grade 3-placed stakes winner Lucky Again. The Wild Again mare is a producer of five winners from seven to start, including stakes placed winners Luckifee and Oh So Bella. Afleet Again's other notable family members include Grade 2 winners and sires Darn That Alarm, Strong Performance, Keats and Fairbanks.
This is the first time that Afleet Again has sold at public auction. The most expensive foal out of Lucky Again is Luckifee, who brought $200,000 at the 2007 Fasig-Tipton Florida selected 2-year-olds in training sale.
"He's gorgeous," Three Chimneys director of sales Guinness McFadden said of Afleet Again. "He's 17 hands, and just looked really good. His race record makes him attractive on top of that. He's a good racehorse by an up-and-coming stallion. I think [KOID] got a steal.
"The price was okay. That's just the way the market is now. There's really not much more to say, that's just what the market's willing to afford, so I think it was a fair price. I hope they do well with him."
Buyers for the Korean bloodstock market have been active at Keeneland in recent days. KOID finished as Monday's second-leading buyer, purchasing six horses during the session for a total of $141,000.
"We've done great," Choi said. "We're shooting for 40 horses. Right now, we are up to 29, so we'll see. We've been doing this for seven years."
I would have preferred Afleet Again to remain in the US. Korea has a miserable record with animal rights' groups. Good luck, baby.