09/11/2013 2:35PM

Keeneland September: Stonestreet, Spendthrift partner on $1.7-million brother of Super Saver


Barbara Banke’s Stonestreet Stables and B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm partnered to buy a $1.7-million Medaglia d’Oro colt out of Supercharger, dam of 2010 Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver, during Wednesday’s third session of the Keeneland September yearling sale.

The bay colt is a half-brother to four winners from as many foals to race, also including Grade 3 winner Brethren and stakes-placed winner Lisa T. Another half-sibling, the unraced mare Quickest, is also a stakes producer.

“He’s very athletic, a great mover, super pedigree,” Banke said. “If he makes a couple of good graded stakes starts, he’ll be a wonderful stud.

“We had the best Medaglia d’Oro ever, and he reminded me of her,” Banke said, referring to 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra.

Bred in Kentucky by WinStar Farm, the colt’s page also includes champion Rhythm, Grade 1 winners Girolamo and Bluegrass Cat, Grade 2 winners Daydreaming and Lord of the Game and successful sire Not For Love, among others.

The Spendthrift and Stonestreet operations have worked together to campaign and stand several Stonestreet runners at stud, including Wilburn, Tiz Wonderful and Dominus. Banke said that Hughes was a close friend of her late husband Jess Jackson.

The transaction made the colt the most expensive foal out of Supercharger, surpassing Superfection, who drew $1.2 million at the 2011 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga selected yearling sale. The colt was consigned by Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent.

“He’s a great-moving, big, beautiful horse,” said Hill ‘n’ Dale’s John G. Sikura. “Half to a Derby winner with the best pedigree in the stud book, so he’s a very serious horse.”