Multiple Grade One-winning fillies and mares have sold for massive prices in this week’s Fasig-Tipton November Sale in Keeneland, Kentucky.
Leading the way was the superstar Songbird, who walked into a packed auditorium and topped the sale at US$9.5 million. It was the second highest price ever paid for a broodmare prospect at the sale, beaten only by the US$10 million for Horse of the Year Havre De Grace in 2012.
The winning bidder on both occasions was Mandy Pope’s Whisper Hill Farm.
“I was trying to play it cool and really on purpose not pay much attention to Songbird,” Pope told Blood horse. “And you see how well that worked.
“I really didn't think I'd have to go that high. I really had a budget, and I really didn't keep to it. So my accountant is not going to be very happy with me. I may not be able to go home.”
A daughter of globally renowned stallion Medaglia d’Oro, Songbird had 15 starts for 13 wins and two placings. With a relentless front-running style, she won eight Grade One races including wide-margin victories in the Del Mar Debutante, Chandelier Stakes, Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, Santa Anita Oaks, Coaching Club American Oaks and Alabama Stakes.
Another high-profile lot was the well-travelled Tepin, who sold to Coolmore’s MV Magnier for US$8 million. An outstanding turf miler, the daughter of Bernstein won five Grade Ones in the United States and added Royal Ascot’s Queen Anne Stakes in June 2016.
Six-time Grade One winner Stellar Wind, who ended her glittering career on a disappointing note just days earlier with an unplaced finish in the Gr. 1 Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Del Mar, fetched US$6 million while multiple Grade One winner Catch A Glimpse sold for US$3 million.
Another major point of interest in the sale has been the first weanling crop of American Pharoah, which has sold up to $1 million.