11/06/2012 2:48PM

Keeneland sale: Grade 1 winners Negligee, Shotgun Gulch bring seven figures


France’s Mandore International Agency continued an active week at Kentucky's two major fall breeding stock sales, going to seven figures to acquire Grade 1 winners Negligee and Shotgun Gulch during the opening session of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale on Tuesday.

Mandore purchased Canadian champion Negligee for $1.25 million and, later in the session, went to $1.6 million to acquire Shotgun Gulch. Both mares, due to produce their first foals in 2013, were purchased for undisclosed clients.   Through early afternoon Tuesday, Mandore had made five seven-figure purchases in the span of less than 24 hours. After acquiring Grade 1 winners Zagora ($2.5 million) and Eden's Moon ($1.525 million) at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall mixed sale on Monday evening, Mandore struck for the first high-ticket horse of Keeneland's opening session, purchasing Grade 1 winner Harmonious ($2.8 million). Negligee and Shotgun Gulch followed.

Negligee, a 5-year-old Northern Afleet mare, consigned by Hunter Valley Farm, agent, is in foal to Distorted Humor.

"She's a champion, she's a Grade 1 winner, she's in foal to a very good sire," Benoit Jeffroy of Mandore International said. "That's why we liked her. I think she's a very good-looking mare."   Negligee won the Grade 1 Darley Alcibiades Stakes at Keeneland and also finished second in the Ontario Debutante Stakes at Woodbine as a juvenile. On the strength of that campaign, she earned the Sovereign Award as Canada's champion 2-year-old filly, and retired a year later with two wins from nine starts and $381,379 in earnings.

Out of the stakes-winning Relaunch mare Naughty Notions, Negligee is a half-sister to stakes-placed winner Wild Notions. She is from the family of English champion Zilzal.    Shotgun Gulch, a 5-year-old Thunder Gulch mare consigned by Taylor Made Sales, agency, sold in foal to Bernardini. She won the Grade 1 Vinery Madison Stakes at Keeneland last year and retired with 7 wins from 21 starts, including five stakes wins, and $528,976 in earnings.

Shotgun Gulch is out of the winning Boston Harbor mare Rosieville, the dam of three winners from as many starters.

Earlier on Tuesday, Mandore International also purchased the broodmare Gointobegone, a half-sister to champion Smarty Jones, for $385,000.

"We both liked a half to a Kentucky Derby winner, and she wasn't raced, but she was a good-looking mare," Jeffroy said. "We're looking for good-looking mares, with a bit of a page, and by a good sire. . . . It's a strong market. It was a good price."