Will and Sarah Farish went to $600,000 to secure BLAME’s daughter Acting Out early in the Keeneland April Horses of Racing Age Sale on Friday night, making her the clear sale topper with the next highest offering $150,000 behind her.
Consigned by Taylor Made as agent, Acting Out is undefeated in 2022 and came into the sale with a win in the Listed Carousel Stakes on April 2. Racing for Sherman Racing, Zvika Akin, and Robert Harkins and trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Acting Out has proven to be a solid runner for BLAME season after season with five wins and three seconds in 12 starts for $323,840 in earnings.
Vincent Colbert bred the mare, who is one of three winners from three to race out of Riding Point. That mare is a half-sister to BLAME’s Grade 3 winner Onus, who also produced the stakes-placed WAR FRONT daughter Fun Boat with another half-sister producing Grade 2-placed Limited Liability.
Acting Out’s third dam is the stakes placed, top broodmare Meghan’s Joy, who produced Grade 2 winners Ironicus, On Leave, and Norumbega among her six graded stakes winners and seven stakes performers from 11 to race.
When bred to Speightstown daughters, BLAME has produced both Acting Out and her fellow stakes winner Blame J D among six winners from seven runners. Gone West granddaughters overall have produced four stakes winners and five stakes performers by BLAME, led by Grade 1 winner Abscond.
A share in FLATTER’s rising sire son Upstart was the second most expensive offering of the session, bringing $450,000. FLATTER sons are currently striking at a 8.03% stakes performer rate with the stallion the grandsire of Kentucky Derby (G1) hopeful Zandon and likely Kentucky Oaks (G1) favorite Kathleen O.