09/11/2014 12:09PM

Keeneland September: Trio of high-ticket yearlings get session off to flying start


by Matt Hegarty, Joe Nevills and Nicole Russo

A Medaglia d'Oro filly, a Tapit colt, and a Tiznow colt, all half siblings to Grade 1 winners, each fetched seven figures in quick succession to get Thursday's fourth session of the Keeneland September yearling sale off to a flying start.

The three yearlings boosted the total number of horses sold for $1 million or more during Book 1 to 10. Tapit and Tiznow are each represented by two of those.

First up in the flurry was the Medaglia d'Oro filly, who sold for $1.5 million to Moyglare Stud. The filly was consigned by Damian and Braxton Lynch's Royal Oak Farm.

“She’s a lovely filly," said Moyglare agent Fiona Craig, who added that the filly would stay in the U.S. "I had Moyglare on the phone. ... We’re all about to go home for Irish Champions weekend. I’m on a plane in three hours.

"No credit to us, she’s a lovely filly," Craig continued. "A Medaglia d’Oro with a great pedigree. Braxton deserves all the credit.”

The filly is out of the winning Belong To Me mare Dowry, dam of four winners from as many starters. Those are led by Nereid, who captured the Grade 1 American Oaks by a head in 2011. She placed in three other Grade 1 events. Dowry added another Grade 1 competitor this summer when stakes winner Sea Queen finished a close second in the Belmont Oaks Invitational.

The filly took over the top sale price for a filly this week.

"You never have that kind of number in mind," Braxton Lynch said. "You always hope, but we knew she was nice. She did it all herself. My husband brought her over. She looked great, but she performed. She came out every show like clockwork from the first show to the 200th show. She just never put a foot wrong. These are the easy ones to sell."

A few hips later, a Tapit colt dropped the hammer at $1.2 million, with M.V. Magnier of the Coolmore team signing the ticket. The colt was consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, as agent for breeder Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings.

"He's a very nice horse," Magnier said. "His mother was very good and his sister was very good. [Tapit], there's a lot to talk about him at the moment. The lads liked him. He's a great mover, a lot of quality. We'll bring him back to Ashford now and get him going and decide where to send him."

The colt is out of Dream Rush, who won the Grade 1 Test Stakes and Grade 1 Prioress Stakes, and placed in two additional Grade 1 events. The Wild Rush mare is the dam of two winners from as many starters - and both are stakes horses. Dreaming of Julia won the Grade 1 Frizette Stakes as a juvenile and romped in the Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Oaks the following spring.

More recently, Atreides has rolled in all three of his starts to begin his career, earning three triple-digit Beyers. His most recently victory was a 17 1/2 length romp in the Monarchos Stakes at Gulfstream Park, his stakes debut.

Completing the hit parade was the Tiznow colt, a $1.35-million purchase by Mark Casse, as agent for John and Debby Oxley. The colt was consigned by Lane's End, as agent for Kinsman Farm.

“We just liked everything about him," Casse said. "He was a big strong athlete, with a good pedigree, so we loved him. ... We knew he wasn’t going to be cheap. When you have a horse and he checks all the marks he brings a lot of money. He’s got a huge stallion prospect value, so we knew he wasn’t going to be cheap. He’s a lot like his mom. He’s a big horse. When he came into the back ring, you knew he was there."

Casse added that the colt would head to Florida to be broken.

The colt is out of millionaire Dream Supreme, who won the Grade 1 Ballerina Handicap, Grade 1 Test Stakes, and four other graded stakes events. The Seeking the Gold mare is the dam of six winners from seven starters, with her three stakes winners highlighted by Majestic Warrior. Winner of the Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes, he got his stud career off to a flying start, producing Kentucky Oaks winner Princess of Sylmar from his first crop.

Dream Supreme is also the dam of stakes winners Evolutionist and Crystal Current, and stakes producer A.P. Dream.