Keeneland September Day 3: Scat Daddy Colt Out Of Tapit Mare Goes For $1.1 Million

by | 09.13.2017 | 10:51am
Hip 578, colt by Scat Daddy out of Orchard Beach

Brisk commerce was the hallmark of business on the third day of Keeneland's September Yearling Sale, where spirited bidding among the industry's major buyers drove prices upward, led by the $1.1 million paid by Coolmore's M. V. Magnier for a colt from the final crop of the globally successful sire Scat Daddy. The session topper was one of three yearlings that brought $1 million or more today, increasing to 11 the number of seven-figure horses sold during sale's first three days.

Scat Daddy, who died unexpectedly in 2015, stood at Coolmore's Ashford Stud near Versailles, Kentucky. The international success of his progeny has made his yearlings highly sought after at this year's September Sale. A Scat Daddy yearling also topped the Tuesday session of the sale when a colt sold to Kerri Radcliffe Bloodstock for $950,000.

Today's session-topper, the first foal out of the Tapit mare Orchard Beach, is an Ontario-bred consigned by his breeder, Anderson Farms.

“I'm more than thrilled – I mean this is over the top,” David Anderson said. “It's my first million-dollar horse, and I couldn't ask for a better home for him. I just hope he goes on and does well for the connections. He's going to one of the greatest trainers in the world (Aidan O'Brien).

“As the momentum built the last day, a lot of the proper players in the game were looking at the horse,” Anderson added. “I felt like the stars were aligned for a big price, I just didn't know how much. (Scat Daddy) has been very good to me, and I got on the bandwagon late. He's just been a tremendous sire and I think it's evident with the prices of his yearlings.”

“He's very lovely. Looks like he's going to be a fast horse, very good mover. He's all quality,” Magnier said about the colt. “Mr. Anderson said he was the best horse he ever had on the farm, so let's hope he's right. It's a lot of money for a horse. But he's by the right sire that everybody wants, so I suppose he was entitled to it.”

Magnier partnered with Peter Brant's White Birch Farm to purchase a colt by Quality Road for
$1 million. Trainer Chad Brown signed the ticket for the colt, a full brother to multiple Grade 2 winner Blofeld. Out of the stakes-winning Storm Cat mare Storm Minstrel, he was consigned by Indian Creek, agent.

“We thought he was one of the nicest colts all week that we saw, and then we were happy to get him,” Brown said. “He's got a good pedigree. He's everything we're looking for.”

“Really nice horse, extremely well received,” Shack Parrish of Indian Creek said. “Today he really did everything right. I'd say (the price was) above what we were expecting – exceeded the reserve by a considerable amount.”

After bidding against each other for horses, Kerri Radcliffe Bloodstock and Eric Fein teamed to pay $1 million for a colt by Orb consigned by Dromoland Farm, agent. Out of the stakes-placed Dixieland Band mare Tally Ho Dixie, he is a half-brother to stakes winner Kyriaki and from the family of Grade 1 winners Stellar Jayne and Starrer.

“I think we liked everything about him,” Fein said, adding Todd Pletcher would train the colt. “The high-end horses are all going for a lot of money. It's come down to partnerships; otherwise, you're bidding against each other for crazy amounts.”

On Wednesday, Keeneland sold 194 yearlings for a total of $47,018,000, an average of $242,361 and a median of $180,000. Cumulatively, a total of 483 horses have sold for $149,414,000, for an average of $309,346 and a median of $220,000.

The RNA rate was 33 percent for the third session.

“A very good day,” Keeneland Director of Sales Operations Geoffrey Russell said. “Book 2 started off strong on Tuesday and continued through today. Having three million-dollar horses was a great bonus. The sires – Scat Daddy, Quality Road and Orb – are good North American stock but were bought by an international market.

“The new format (a single Book 1 session followed by a three-day Book 2) is doing what we wanted it to do. It continues to show the results we expected. Buyers have been very engaged all the way through and prices have been very good.”

A colt from the first crop of champion Will Take Charge sold to Willis Horton Racing for $975,000. Horton raced Will Take Charge in partnership with Three Chimneys Farm. Elm Tree Farm, agent, consigned the colt, who is out of the Bernardini mare Oblige and a half-brother to 2017 Grade 2 winner Hunter O'Riley.

“We were absolutely not expecting that much,” Elm Tree owner Jody Huckabay said. “We don't even wish that high. We knew we had a lot of people interested. He has always been a good one. We foaled him and raised him at (Elm Tree). The (catalog) update was huge. We were screaming at the TV when (Hunter O'Riley) was coming down the stretch (to win the Bowling Green-G2 at Saratoga on July 29).”

“This colt reminded (Willis Horton) a lot of Will Take Charge,” said Case Clay, chief commercial officer of Three Chimneys Farm, where Will Take Charge stands. “He's excited to have him; he'll go to Steve Asmussen to train. (The colt) just stood like a statue, did everything right throughout the whole process. Checked all the boxes. Jody (Huckabay) raises a good horse.”

For his family's Ruis Racing, Southern California-based trainer Mick Ruis spent $825,000 for a daughter of Pioneerof the Nile consigned by Four Star Sales, agent. The filly is out of the stakes-winning Bernardini mare R Gypsy Gold.

“Nice-looking filly,” Ruis said. “We always wanted to get a Pioneerof the Nile, so we got one.”

Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum's Shadwell Estate Company Ltd. paid $750,000 for a War Front colt from the family of Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Giacomo consigned by Claiborne Farm, agent. The colt is out of the Grade 3-winning Empire Maker mare Stanwyck.

“I'm really excited, but I loved him. He's special,” breeder Ramona Bass said. “He's going to a great place, so got to be happy with that, right? I spent a lot of money on the mare (sold for $2.4 million at Keeneland's 2014 November Breeding Stock Sale), and so I feel like it's important to try and make some of that money back. He's a colt and I'm kind of a filly gal, so that worked out well. I'm excited for (the new owners) and for him.”

Juddmonte Farms acquired a colt by Curlin for $725,000 from the consignment of Summerfield. Out of the winning Hennessy mare Sumptuous, the colt is from the family of Grade 2 winner Belle of Perintown, dam of Grade 3 winner Strike It Rich.

Shadwell also spent $700,000 for a son of Bodemeister from the family of Grade 2 winner Tapiture. Gainesway, agent, consigned the colt, who is out of the stakes-winning Tapit mare Remit.

Keeneland-based trainer Wesley Ward purchased the third horse in the sale ring on Wednesday for $650,000. Out of the Lucky Roberto mare Misty Lady (ARG), a Group 1 winner in South America, the filly was consigned by Elm Tree Farm, agent for Stonestreet Bred & Raised.

“This was my pick of the sale for the Queen Mary (G2 at Royal Ascot),” Ward said. “I've won it a few times, and I'm looking for a filly to do that. Dr. Jim Hay (and his wife) Fitri Hay, he's the principal owner. I've been speaking with (breeder) Barbara (Banke of Stonestreet) many, many times, and soon to be shortly again to see if she'll come back in as a partner. But I love that filly. When you're talking that quality, I knew we'd have to pay dearly for her.”

Godolphin also spent $650,000 for a colt by Orb from the family of multiple Grade 1 winner Pure Clan. Consigned by Lakland Farm, he is out of the winning Pure Prize mare Pure Indy.

The leading buyer Wednesday was Mike Ryan, agent. He purchased eight yearlings for $2,575,000.

Lane's End, agent, was the leading consignor with sales of $4,345,000 for 19 yearlings.

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  • Ida Lee

    ….another Scat Daddy….this is killing me ….. another knife to the heart when you see what we lost …..

    • jimmyski

      Breeders who dual shuttle these stallions need to take a look at a set number of covers for these animals and pass up a few bucks for a greater longevity.

      • Ida Lee

        You’re right…. I can only say that Scat Daddy died as a result of a “cardiac event” at 11 years of age…..I don’t know if we can say it was because of his “lifestyle”….We’ve had a number of deaths due to cardiac events on the track after races …. and like in humans, sometimes you just don’t know for sure what caused the heart attack…

    • OopsyDaisy3

      Ida Lee, a Scat Daddy daughter sold during the sale. A lucky lady won the bid for her. I will be looking forward to what name she ends up with.
      Daddys Lil Darling is already taken.

      • Ida Lee

        Daddys Lil Darling has such a special place in my heart….I can tell you for sure, if I had the money, I’d have a Scat Daddy filly or two and maybe a colt too….

  • Jack Frazier

    Just for grins I Googled the average earnings for TB race horses bought at auction for extreme prices and it was eye opening. Of the ten highest selling horses most didn’t or couldn’t earn enough to pay their upkeep. Most did not earn a pittance of their purchase price. Storm Cat’s foals average earnings was a bit over $35,000 back after humongous purchase prices. The list of the top selling TB’s at auction can pulled up on Google. Of the horses on this list I recognized only two: Fusiachi Pegasus and The Green Money. The question I have is why do people buy these horses for so much money? It cost’s between $35k and $50k to have a horse in training so it is a losing proposition in the long run.

    With the inflated purses today, horses earn millions but only a few are in the category. Name horses sold at auction in the years before inflated purses and shortened career that actually worth what they cost. I think the list will be very small.

    • Jack The Ripper

      They buy the horses because of free will. If one has the financial means he or she should be able to dispose of it whichever way they choose to without question.

    • Beau Geste

      When you see the money paid for some of these untested babies, you wonder how the buyer was smart enough to ever acquire the wealth.

    • Shasta Sam

      But, what you are ignoring is this: At the level these guys are playing (you know the names….Godolphin, Magnier, Repole, etc.) it is not really a question of economics or logic. It is a question of ego and a desire to compete at the highest and most visible worldwide level. You can buy LOTS of failed million dollar horses when you’ve got $BILLIONS (and all these high level players are billionaires). Most recent example: Mick Ruis sold a crane company for a few $billion. He’s now playing at the highest level (2 G1 winners in just 2 years) and he’s (maybe) spent $10+/- million on horses. You can do that a lot of times when you’ve got billions. So don’t focus on these million $$$ horses. Everyone knows the majority of the solid high quality stakes winners are coming from the $100-$300k level anyway. That’s where the smart money is buying and where you have a reasonable shot to come up with the big horse.

  • OopsyDaisy3

    Hip 578- is he not a serious thinker! Scat Daddy, your progeny will carry on
    your name. And i noticed in other sales the names of Cara Rafaela,
    Bernardini and so many more. Impressive totals on the bids. Good luck to
    to all.

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