November 11th, 2022

Claiborne Sires In Demand At November Sales

The first three days of the November breeding stock sales saw good results for multiple Claiborne stallions both with their own progeny and mares carrying their foals.

A filly from the first crop of WAR OF WILL represented the first-crop sire well when she sold for $280,000 to Ben McElroy from the Bluewater Sales consignment.

The filly is the first foal out of the Munnings mare Super Patriotic, that mare a half-sister to multiple graded stakes winner Diamond Oops and stakes winner Patriotic Diamond. Patriotic Diamond is also the dam of stakes winner and Grade 2-placed Diamond Wow. The filly’s second dam is a stakes winner as well with Patriotic Viva winning the listed Serena’s Song Stakes.

WAR OF WILL also saw Bluewater sign for a $195,000 colt offered by Garrencasey Sales. The colt is a half-brother to Grade 2 winner Cabo Spirit and stakes placed Convention. Hailing from the family of champion Tiznow, his second dam is Tiznow’s full sister Tizdubai. That mare produced the dam of stakes winner Five Star Rampage among three stakes performers.

Jeff Armorello was the buyer of a $165,000 WAR OF WILL colt offered by Vinery Sales as agent. The filly is a three-quarter sister to multiple stakes winner Joe and Grade 3-placed Irony of Reality. A family full of stakes performers, the page also includes Grade 1 winner Carriage Trail and graded stakes winner Criminologist, Tammy the Torpedo, and Seek And Destroy among others.

WAR OF WILL’s other weanlings sold for $140,000, $140,000, $100,000, $100,000, etc.


At Fasig-Tipton on Sunday night, BLAME’s daughter Tonito’s punched her ticket to Japan when JS Company bought her for $825,000.

Offered by Kingswood Farm, Tonito’s was a Grade 1-placed juvenile as the first runner out of her dam Cry Value. That mare is a granddaughter of stakes winner Storm Beauty, who produced the stakes winning duo of Buffum and Stormy West. Under Tonito’s fourth dam is the great mare Gold Beauty, who created a dynasty of her own as a bluehen broodmare.

Mares in-foal to BLAME were in high demand early in the Keeneland November Sale with five six-figure horses led by the $800,000 And Why Not.

Offered early in Book 1 carrying to BLAME on a March 3 cover, the mare was offered by Gainesway on behalf of the Estate of Helen K. Groves with Gainesway also signing the ticket. And Why Not is the dam of multiple Grade 2 winner Fearless and stakes winner Just Whistle among her three foals of racing age. The multiple Grade 1-placed mare is also a half-sister to BLAME’S Grade 3 winner Far From Over and half-sister to stakes winner Analyze and stakes-placed Burj Dubai.

WinStar Farm purchased another Helen K. Groves mare in foal to BLAME from the Gainesway consignment when going to $550,000 for Marzipan. Marzipan is out of the aforementioned Any Why Not and visited BLAME for her first foal on a May 6 cover.

Determined Stud took home another in foal to the stallion for $550,000 as well from Claiborne’s consignment. The two-time winning Don’tforgetaboutme is the dam of the Grade 3-placed Royal Spirit and is a half-sister to graded stakes winners Red Ruby and Mo Tom and stakes winners Beautician and Bella Castani in addition to stakes-placed Code Duello from 10 winners out of her dam.

BLAME also saw his daughter Don’t Blame Judy sell to Corser Thoroughbreds for $210,000.  A multiple stakes placed mare offered by Grovendale Sales, Don’t Blame Judy is out of the multiple graded stakes placed Zultanite and is one of 11 stakes performers on her page.


FIRST SAMURAI’s graded stakes winning daughter Plum Ali was snapped up for $600,000 at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale when Katsumi Yoshida placed the winning bid on the ELiTE offering.

A stakes winning mare all three years she raced, Plum Ali is out of a half-sister to the Grade 3 winner Meribel and stakes winner Knox. Each of the four dams on Plum Ali’s page have produced stakes performers, making her own future as a broodmare look bright.

FIRST SAMURAI’s Sweet Sami D was the second most expensive offering of the second Keeneland November session when Pin Oak Stud paid a cool $1 million to take her home from Stonehaven Steadings.

A four-time winner, Sweet Sami D was also graded stakes placed in her career and is a granddaughter of Grade 2 winner Thirst For Peace. That mare has also produced the dams of the stakes placed duo of Ba Ba Brett and Aspree. There are stakes performers under all three of her dams on the page, led by Argentinian champion Painter.

Another one of FIRST SAMURAI’s daughters, the stakes producing Grouse Grind, sold for $130,000 to Darby Dan Farm. That mare produced this year’s Pocahontas Stakes (G3) winner Fun and Feisty and is out of a half-sister to the Grade 2 winning duo of Fairbanks and Keats.


A mare in foal to WAR FRONT led the way for the stallion when selling for $450,000 to MKW Racing and Breeding.

Consigned by Hill ‘n’ Dale at Xalapa, Runnin Ruby is carrying her second foal by WAR FRONT after foaling a WAR FRONT filly this year. Unraced herself, Runnin Ruby is a half-sister to Grade 1 winners Majestic Harbor and Danza, stakes pkaced Tickled Pink, and to the dam of Grade 3 winners Totally Boss and Super Steed. The mare is carrying to WAR FRONT on a February 26 cover.

WAR FRONT daughter Elizabethan was the highest in demand of his daughters when Diamond Creek Farm bought the broodmare for $600,000 from Four Star Sales as agent.

Carrying a foal by American Pharoah, Elizabethan is regally bred as a daughter of multiple Grade 1 winner Misty For Me. Misty For Me has crossed well on WAR FRONT, producing champion and multiple Grade 1 winners U S Navy Flag and Roly Poly. Her other foals also include WAR FRONT’s stakes placed Simply Glorious.

Pin Oak Stud was the winning bidder of Hip 41, WAR FRONT’s daughter Diamond Sparkles offered by Bluewater Sales.

A Grade 3 placed racemare, Diamond Sparkles is another who shows the strength of WAR FRONT’s books as daughter of the Grade 1 winning Diamondsandrubies. Hailing from the family of WAR FRONT’s studmate DEMARCHELIER (GB), Diamondsandrubies is a daughter of Grade 1 winner Quarter Moon and a half-sister to the Grade 1-placed dam of multiple graded stakes winner and Grade 1-placed Eminent.

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