11/08/2013 2:38PM

She's All In will stay home after failing to sell

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Tom Keyser
She’s All In failed to meet her $500,000 reserve at Fasig-Tipton, to the relief of her owner, Robert Zoellers.

The average person might be disappointed if a half-million-dollar sale of a horse fell just short of being realized. But not Robert Zoellner. When his homebred She’s All In came within $5,000 of reaching her $500,000 reserve during the Fasig-Tipton auction Nov. 4 in Kentucky, he was quietly pleased she did not sell.

“Deep down inside, I was relieved,” Zoellner said. “Sometimes the hard decisions in life are made for you.”

She’s All In, a millionaire who won her fourth consecutive Oklahoma Classics Distaff last month at Remington Park, is the best horse Zoellner has owned in 13 years in racing. He said she is now retired and is at a farm in Kentucky, where she will be bred on an early cover next year before returning to his farm in Oklahoma.

“She’ll go to a top stallion,” said Zoellner, who is close to firming up breeding plans for She’s All In.

Zoellner said his “No. 1 draft pick” is Tapit, whom he visited while in Kentucky. Zoellner also is considering breeding She’s All In to Malibu Moon.

She’s All In won eight stakes, including the Grade 3 Sixty Sails at Hawthorne in 2012. She also was second to champion Royal Delta in the Grade 1, $750,000 Delaware Handicap this past July. She’s All In is a 6-year-old daughter of Include.

Zoellner said She’s All In will be a participant in the Oklahoma-bred program. She joins Zoellner’s broodmare band, which includes Peach Brew, a Grade 3 winner and half-sister to She’s All In who is in foal to Awesome Again.

Leah Dawson Ford More than 1 year ago
Hats off to an owner who is more interested in the horse than a dollar. I applaud his commitment to the mare.
R. Carlos Nanez More than 1 year ago
If I owned that mare, for $ 500.000 I would give the groom, the jockey and the cat too, to say the leas.