New York-bred broodmares fetch $200,000 and up at Keeneland November Book 1

Thursday, November 7th, 2019

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By Sarah Mace

A pair of young in-foal broodmares consigned by Don Robinson’s Winter Quarter Farm brought $200,000 and up in the opening session of the 2019 Keeneland November which began its 12-day stand on Wednesday, November 6.

That’s Smart, a 4-year-old Smart Strike mare catalogued as Hip 118, topped the duo when she went to Nesco II for $210,000. She is in foal to Hard Spun on an April 25, 2019 cover.

A winning homebred for Waterville Lake Stables, That’s Smart is out of Final Escrow, a multiple stakes-placed daughter of Bernardini. That’s Smart’s second dam Escrow Agent (by El Gran Senior) produced Grade 1 winner and sire Vicar and stakes winner Sheepscot who, for her part, is a multiple stakes producer as the dam of Group 1 placed Astronomer Royal and graded stakes winner Navesink River.

Earlier in the session, Fred W. Hertrich, III went to $200,000 to buy Peril, a 4-year-old daughter of Ghostzapper out of accomplished New York-bred stakes mare and producer Akilina and from the family of Audible. Catalogued as Hip 49, Peril is in foal to City of Light on a May 6, 2019 cover.

A winning homebred for Richard Leahy’s Oak Bluff Stables Peril sports a pedigree page that is a veritable Who’s Who of New York-bred luminaries. Her dam Akilina (by Langfuhr), also bred by Oak Bluff, is a multiple open stakes winner on turf and earner of more than $300,000. An outstanding producer, Akilina’s four winners from four foals to race have amassed cumulative earnings of $2.1 million, led by Rieno Tesoro, a multiple stakes winner in Japan by Speightstown who has earned $1.3 million. Governor Malibu by Malibu Moon is a stakes winner and multiple graded stakes-placed runner. Out of Fahamore, Akilina is also a half-sister to Blue Devil Bel, the dam of Grade 1 winner and millionaire Audible who will take up stud duties at WinStar Farm in the 2020 breeding season.

Book 2 of the Keeneland November sale will span Thursday and Friday, November 7 and 8 and cover hips 275-1100. Click here for New York-bred hips and registration status.

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