11/02/2016 11:56AM

Plenty of quality in 111-horse Conquest Stables dispersal

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Sovereign Award winner Conquest Typhoon will be sold as a racing or stallion prospect as part of the Conquest Stables dispersal at Keeneland November.

Seeing the word “Conquest” in a horse’s name has become so associated with the Conquest Stables of Ernie Semersky and Dory Newell that it almost feels strange to see a horse running in colors that aren’t their standout orange and turquoise.

In two weeks’ time, the stable’s entire roster will be next seen under different silks.

Just four years after becoming a near-overnight success on the North American racing scene, Conquest Stables will conduct a 111-horse dispersal at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale. The dispersal was announced in August, with Semersky citing personal reasons for the decision to step away. Lane’s End will handle the dispersal, as agent.

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The diverse draft includes 50 racing/stallion prospects, 37 racing/broodmare prospects, 10 broodmares or broodmare prospects, nine horses being offered solely as racing prospects, and five weanlings.

“It’s an exciting bunch of horses,” said Bill Farish of Lane’s End. “It’s an interesting offering because it’s rare that you’ve got a group of horses this size and everything’s selling and they’re all basically 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds, and a few 4-year-olds. It’s a very large stable that’s very active.”

Founded in late 2012 by Semersky and Newell, Conquest Stables took little time becoming a national-level player on the racetrack and in the auction ring.

The operation sat in 17th place among North American owners by 2016 earnings through Oct. 23, boasting 41 wins in 236 starts. Conquest Stables has had seven Breeders’ Cup starters since 2013, six of which are cataloged in the November sale.

Not long after founding the stable, Semersky and Newell enlisted the services of trainer Mark Casse, who also saddles runners for Farish. That common bond led them to do business together and ultimately determined who would handle the dispersal.

Semersky “sent his mares to the farm as they retired, and relationships were developed from there,” Farish. “He’s amassed an incredible group of horses in a very short period of time.”

Conquest Stables got off the mark quickly with My Conquestadory, who became a Grade 1-winning juvenile about a year after Semersky and Newell entered Thoroughbred ownership. My Conquestadory, pregnant to Tapit, will be offered in Book 1 of the sale immediately following her first foal, a Tapit colt.

However, the vast majority of the Conquest horses will be offered early in the auction’s second week, which has carved out a niche as the November sale’s marketplace for horses being sold to race.

The most accomplished of that group includes Conquest Typhoon, a Grade 2 winner and Canada’s champion 2-year-old male of 2014; Grade 2 winner Conquest Daddyo; multiple Grade 1-placed Conquest Eclipse; Grade 2-placed Conquest Titan and Conquest Farenheit; Canadian classic-placed Conquest Boogaloo; and stakes winners Conquest Strate Up, Conquest Vivi, Conquest Tsunami, Conquest Top Gun, Conquest Pacemaker, and Conquest Enforcer.

“They have nice horses, so obviously when you have nice horses it’s going to be a blow to your racing stable,” Casse said. “Ernie and Dory have become part of our family – and even after this, that will continue.”

The dispersal also serves as a living history of Conquest Stables’s exploits at auction. Conquest Top Gun, by Pioneerof the Nile, once held the record as the most expensive horse to sell at the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co. June sale of 2-year-olds in training and horses of racing age, bringing $525,000 in 2013. The placed Tapit filly Conquest Tapdance topped the 2014 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall yearling sale at $410,000.

– additional reporting by Nicole Russo