11/09/2017 10:30AM

Seven-figure weanlings highlight November sales

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A Street Sense filly out of Quickest is one of three weanlings to sell for $1 million.

A trio of weanlings led their segment of the marketplace during the early sessions of Kentucky’s November auction season, each selling for $1 million.

Two of the three youngsters were sold Monday at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky fall selected mixed sale. The fillies set, and then tied, the all-time record price for a weanling at the boutique auction.

First through the ring was a full sister to Grade 1 winner Callback, by Street Sense, who sold to Jon Clay’s Alpha Delta Stable.

Bred in Kentucky by Vincent Colbert, the bay filly is out of the unraced Forest Wildcat mare Quickest, whose five foals to race are all winners. Alongside Callback, the filly is a half to stakes winner Defy Gravity and stakes-placed Miss Super Quick. The filly is from the family of champion Rhythm, Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver, and Grade 1 winners Bluegrass Cat, Girolamo, Got Lucky, and Imagining.

Paramount Sales consigned the filly, as agent.

"I wasn't going to sell if she didn't bring a million,” Colbert said. “I know the family and it just keeps getting better. Quickest is carrying a filly by Frosted, and I'm going to keep her.”

The filly was the second seven-figure auction graduate out of Quickest, preceded by Callback, who sold for $2.8 million at the 2015 Fasig-Tipton November sale.

“We're glad to be in the family,” said Reynolds Bell, who signed the ticket as agent for Alpha Delta. “This was about the only way we figured we could get into the family. We tried real hard on Callback, so here we are.”

Later in the evening, Japan’s Grand Farm helped create the first bit of auction fireworks for Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, buying a filly from his debut crop.

The bay filly, consigned by Eaton Sales, is out of the Grade 3-winning Storm Cat mare Untouched Talent. The mare’s five winners from as many runners are led by Grade 1 winner and dual classic-placed Bodemeister and Grade 1-placed Fascinating.

"We loved her as a type, but obviously, her pedigree is outstanding,” said Emmanuel de Seroux of Narvick International, who signed the ticket for Grand Farm. “Her mother sold for $5 million here a few years ago, so there's a lot of pedigree there and conformation to go with it. She's a very nice prospect for us."

De Seroux said the filly would be kept to breed at the conclusion of her racing career.

"I think any time you get above seven figures, you're doing pretty well, and probably above expectations, but we knew she was going to break loose,” Eaton’s Reiley McDonald said. “She was a lovely filly. She had a great way of moving, great disposition, out of a wonderful mare.”

Untouched Talent was purchased by Coolmore – which also stands American Pharoah – for $5 million at the 2012 Fasig-Tipton November sale. The American Pharoah filly is the mare’s third foal to sell for seven figures.

The record price for a weanling at the Fasig-Tipton November sale was previously held by Tears of Gold, a Medaglia d’Oro filly who sold to Waratah Thoroughbreds for $620,000 at the 2012 sale. She was sent to Australia and has turned in a runner-up effort in one of two starts since debuting in June at age 4.

Rounding out the group was a half-brother to Grade 1 winner and second-leading freshman sire Violence, who went to Andre Lynch, acting as agent for an unnamed partnership, on Wednesday at the Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

The Curlin colt is out of the winning Gone West mare Violent Beauty, whose three foals to race are all winners. His third dam is the champion Sky Beauty, with an extended family that includes champions Dayjur and Gold Beauty, Breeders' Cup Distaff winner Pleasant Home, and Grade 1 winners Maplejinsky, Pine Island, Point of Entry, and Tale of Ekati.

“We’ll race him,” Lynch said. “He was the best foal of the sale, a great mover, he had everything. We loved his pedigree. We hope he runs.”

The colt was bred in Kentucky by the partnership of Dell Ridge Farm and John G. Sikura’s Hill ‘n’ Dale. The latter consigned the colt, as agent.

Furthering the ties to Sikura’s operation, Violence stands at Hill ‘n’ Dale, as does Curlin, who relocated to the farm for the 2016 breeding season.

“Curlin’s had a fantastic year,” Sikura said. “That’s the kind of money those horses make. I thought he’d make more, but I’m very pleased. I’m thrilled that we sold another million-dollar foal.

“He’s the kind of horse that, with any racing ability, has a huge upside” as a stallion prospect, Sikura continued. “It’s a lot of money, but I think he had great value. He’s a magnificent horse.”