01/16/2017 11:37AM

Liam's Map top covering sire at Keeneland January


There was a new name among the leading covering sires at Keeneland January – but he’s a familiar name for some of the breeders fueling his figures.

Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner Liam’s Map, standing at Lane’s End, was represented by four mares carrying foals from his first crop for an average price of $95,050. That placed him first by average among covering sires with three or more sold.  

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The top price from the lot was the Grade 3-winning Wilko mare Sheza Smoke Show, sold for $190,000 to Albaugh Family Stables – which bred and sold Liam’s Map. The Albaughs were shopping Keeneland January aggressively to buy mares for the first book of Grade 3 winner Not This Time, a half-brother to Liam’s Map. Both are out of Miss Macy Sue.

“I’m so proud of Miss Macy Sue, whom we still have,” Dennis Albaugh said. “She had really delivered with quality stakes horses like Taylor S and Liam’s Map before, and now Not This Time. I am very excited about staying a part of [Not This Time’s] stallion career.”

Liam’s Map was also represented at Keeneland January by graded winner C C’s Pal, sold for $140,000 to Wind Hill Farm.