The Fasig-Tipton November Sale and early Books of the Keeneland November sale saw Claiborne sires in the spotlight, led by a $3 million WAR FRONT mare and LEA’s recent Grade 3 winner Gibberish selling for $435,000.
After daughter Brave Anna sold for $3 million at Fasig-Tipton’s November Sale, WAR FRONT kicked off Book 1 of the Keeneland November Sale with another daughter bringing $650,000 when KatieRich Farms purchased Journey Home from the Sam-Son Farm Broodmare Dispersal.
Journey Home was a juvenile Grade 3 winner for her sire and went on to win another stakes at three with multiple graded stakes placings to her name as well.
From the family of champion Pleasant Stage, Journey Home is out of the multiple Grade 1-placed Soul Search who is a 100% producer with seven winners from seven to run. Soul Search is also a half-sister to stakes winner and Grade 2-placed Reform Act with one of her half-sisters producing BLAME’s Grade 1 winner Nadal.
WAR FRONT is also the covering sire of the $500,000 Eliade, who was purchased by Ecurie des Monceaux from ELiTE.
A stakes winner in her native France, Eliade is the first stakes winner for Elodie, who is a full sister to Group 1 winners Call the Wind, With You, and We Are. Elodie’ Grade 3 winning dam In Clover also produced stakes winners Dream Clover and Incahoots in addition to stakes-placed In Crowd.
Only a few days after his new Grade 3 winner Gibberish sold for $435,000 to Claiborne Farm from Indian Creek at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale, LEA saw daughter Vast sell to Hill ‘n’ Dale for $200,000.
A stakes winner for her sire, the Claiborne-consigned Vast is a half-sister to FLATTER’s multiple stakes winner Sower and out of the Seeking The Gold mare Enth. Enth herself is a half-sister to three stakes performers with another sister producing FIRST SAMURAI’s Grade 3 winner Size and BLAME’s stakes winner and Grade 1-placed Mucho.
Vast’s granddam is also a half-sister to the Grade 1 winning Archipenko.
BLAME’s Grade 3 winning daughter Blame Debbie was a Book 1 success when bringing $285,000 from Paul Farr and Titletown Racing Stables. Consigned by Bluewater Sales, Blame Debbie was also Grade 2-placed at two and is out of a half-sister to three stakes winners. The earner of over $282,000, the filly finished in the top three eight times.
BLAME and FIRST SAMURAI shared a successful result in Book 2 when FIRST SAMURAI’s Grade 2-placed Dancing Belle sold for $235,000 in foal to BLAME on a February 25 cover.Purchased by Code of Honor LLC by L.E.B. as agent, the mare was consigned by Ashview Farm. Just like her successful sire and her winning dam, Dancing Belle was bred by John Gunther. She is out of a winning half-sister to FIRST SAMURAI’S multiple graded stakes winner Last Gunfighter and to multiple graded stakes winner Tiger Moth.
A half-sister to FLATTER’s Grade 1 winner Search Results sold for $210,000 during Book 2 of the sale when carrying a foal by the Claiborne stallion.
A year older than Search Results, Champipple is out of the Grade 3-placed Co Cola, who returned to FLATTER this year. This is also the family of multiple Grade 1 winner Mind Your Biscuits and Canadian champion Kimchi among others.
FLATTER also saw his weanling son out of Indian Carlie sell for $210,000 to Scott and Evan Dilworth. Consigned by Garrencasey Sales, the half-brother to multiple stakes winner Noble Commander is also out of a half-sister to BLAME’s Grade 1 winner Marley’s Freedom and two other stakes horses. The page also includes Grade 1 winner Noble Bird among others.
WAR OF WILL’s first mares in foal caught the eyeat Keeneland when he saw them sell for $310,000, $300,000, $210,000, etc.
The group was led by the Curlin mare Abilene Trail, purchased by St. George Stables for $310,000. Consigned by Claiborne, the winning mare comes from an exceptional family.
She is a half-sister to Grade 3 winner Leavem in Malibu and Grade 1-placed Danzig Moon with her dam a full sister to Grade 3 winner Defer. Those her dam counts as half-siblings include Grade 3 winner Reload and Philanthropist with their Grade 2-placed dam a full sister to Grade 1 winner Educated Risk and half-sister to champion Inside Information among others.
WAR OF WILL’s second most expensive was purchased by Dana Aschinger and War Horse Place for $300,000. Carrying to WAR OF WILL on a March 20 cover, the multiple stakes winner Eyeinthesky is a granddaughter of stakes winner Cahill Connection. The family also includes Grade 3 winner Sistas Stroll and stakes winners Jake Mo and She’s All Scat among others.
In all, through the first two Books, mares in foal to WAR OF WILL averaged $172,222 with a median of $175,000 for nine sold.