09/14/2016 12:09PM

Keeneland September: Half-brother to Beholder sells for $3 million

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A half-brother to champion Beholder and Grade 1 winner Into Mischief sold for $3 million on Wednesday at the Keeneland September yearling sale, the highest price paid at the sale since 2010.

A colt by the late Scat Daddy who is a half-brother to champion Beholder and Grade 1 winner Into Mischief lit up Keeneland September when he sold for $3 million to the Coolmore partnership on Wednesday afternoon, during the bellwether auction's third session.

The colt, consigned by breeder Clarkland Farm, recorded the highest price at a Keeneland September sale since 2010, when Mr. Besilu topped the sale at $4.2 million.

"It's a lot of money, but he deserved to be," said M.V. Magnier, who signed the ticket for Coolmore.

Coolmore stood Scat Daddy from his retirement for the 2008 breeding season until his sudden death from a suspected cardiac event last December, as his star was still on the rise. His 50 graded/group stakes winners to date are led by Northern Hemisphere Grade/Group 1 winners Lady of Shamrock, No Nay Never, Dacita, Nickname, Harmonize, Celestine, and Lady Aurelia, and he was also a leading sire in Chile, where he shuttled. Magnier cited familiarity with the stallion as one reason for the purchase.

"He's by Scat Daddy and a brother to an exceptional race filly," said Magnier, who added that the colt will head to Europe for his training. "You won't see much better than [Beholder]. He's also a brother to another very good colt. He's a vey good mover, he's very good-looking, it's a very good family."

The colt is out of the stakes-winning Tricky Creek mare Leslie's Lady, who Clarkland purchased for just $100,000 out of the 2006 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. Since then, the mare's stock has soared with two Grade 1 winners in Beholder and Into Mischief. Beholder's nine Grade 1 triumphs are highlighted by a romp in the Pacific Classic over males, the Breeders' Cup Distaff, and the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. The three-time Eclipse Award champion has earned more than $4.9 million for owner Spendthrift Farm.

The Scat Daddy colt purchased Wednesday is bred on a similar pattern to Beholder, as Scat Daddy is a grandson of Hennessy, also Beholder's paternal grandsire.

Into Mischief, who posted his Grade 1 victory in the CashCall Futurity as a juvenile the year after Clarkland purchased his dam, is now a successful young sire for Spendthrift, with offspring including two-time Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile winner Goldencents, recent Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes winner Practical Joke, and Grade 2 winners Vyjack and Vicar's in Trouble.

Two of Leslie's Lady's daughters are also stakes producers. This is the second seven-figure yearling out of the mare, joining a $1.1-million Curlin filly sold at Keeneland in 2014. Beholder was a $180,000 yearling purchase by Spendthrift; Into Mischief, an $80,000 yearling whom Spendthrift then landed for $180,000 as a 2-year-old in training.

"We still have the mare and she's in foal to Medaglia d'Oro, and hopefully she has a filly so we can keep her and race her, because after this, I think we might be able to afford to keep her," Fred Mitchell, who co-owns Clarkland, said. "

"I was very surprised. I thought he might be the highest price of the sale, but I thought $2 million might fit him," Mitchell said. "We were hoping for a million and a half. Double that is unbelievable."

-- additional reporting by Joe Nevills