Exciting times at Keeneland September Yearling sale. Client and friend Bobby Flay sold two yearling fillies for $1.0m and $1.1m. Both were the first produce of their dams.

A filly by Tapit out of Super Espresso was a gorgeous individual, and justified the considerable sum (but less!) that we paid privately for her dam at the 2008 renewal of this sale. She raced successfully in Bobby’s colours and looks set for a meritorious broodmare career.

Countess Lemonade was purchased in Tattersalls December Sales in 2010 and went on to add some black type in USA before visiting Tiznow as her first mate. The fact that her half-brother Ruler Of The World won the Derby last year did no harm to her already stunning page. The Tiznow filly from this immediate family of A.P. Indy ticked all the boxes and brought a final bid of $1.1m. The dam is now in foal to Galileo, and probably returns to him, so watch this space.

After some years of bold and intelligent investing it was good to see Bobby reap a dividend. It will not be the last.
Both fillies were well prepped and well presented by Arthur Hancock’s Stone Farm, where the broodmare band now resides.

My most loyal and long-standing patrons in North America, Jim and Alice Sapara from Edmonton, Alberta, returned to Kentucky for the umpteenth time and took home two lovely fillies including hip 81 by Unbridled’s Song for $320.000. Good luck Jim.

On to Goffs, Tattersalls, Arqana and hoping to be home in time for Christmas!