Bromans land Ack Naughty at January opener

Tuesday, January 10th, 2023

Stakes-placed winner Ack Naughty, the dam of Practical Move, sold for $500,000 to opening the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale. Keeneland Photo.

Perennial leading New York breeders Chester and Mary Broman made a splash with their lone purchase during Monday’s opening session of the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale, going to $500,000 to purchase the dam of one of this year’s leading classic prospects.

Becky Thomas signed the big ticket on behalf of the Bromans for the multiple stakes-placed Ack Naughty, selling as Hip 420B, who ended the day as the second highest-priced horse sold during the session. The 11-year-old New York-bred daughter of Afleet Alex is the dam of recent Grade 2 Los Alamitos Futurity winner Practical Move and was offered in foal to New York-bred champion Upstart.

Bred by Waterville Lake Stables Ltd LLC and foaled at Berkshire Stud in Pine Plains, Ack Naughty won four of 15 starts with seven seconds and a third and earned $310,450. Practical Move is her second foal, and Thomas hinted at where she might be headed later this year when breeding season gets underway.

“Mr. Broman has one of the original breeding rights to Into Mischief, so I have a feeling she might be going to Into Mischief,” Thomas said.

Consigned by ELiTE, agent, Ack Naughty is out of the General Meeting mare Dash for Money and is a half-sister to stakes winners So Lonesome and No Spin from the family of champion Vino Rosso, Grade 2 winner Commissioner and Grade 3 winner Laugh Track.

“She was a supplement, and (the sellers) are taking advantage of a nice update,” ELiTE’s Liz Crow said. “We were really happy with the price.”

Practical Move, a son of Practical Joke who sold for $230,000 at last year’s OBS April sale of 2-year-olds in training, landed on the classics trail after a third in the Grade 3 Bob Hope Stakes at Del Mar in November and a victory in the Los Alamitos Futurity in mid-December. Ack Naughty is also the dam of a yearling colt by Complexity.

The January sale also marked the start of the complete dispersal for Patricia Generazio. Another top-selling New York-bred mare came from that group – stakes winner Mischievous Dream, who sold for $210,000 to West Bloodstock, agent for Repole Stable.

Stakes winner Mischievous Dream, part of the Patricia Generazio complete dispersal, sold for $210,000 Monday at the January sale. Photo courtesy of Denali Stud.

Consigned by Denali Stud, agent for Generazio’s dispersal, and offered as Hip 98, the 5-year-old daughter of Into Mischief was sold as racing or broodmare prospect.

A half-sister to stakes-placed Keepthedreamalive and two other winners, Mischievous Dream is out of the unraced Marquetry mare Princesa’s Passion, the dam of multiple Grade 1 winner Presious Passion.

Bred by Generazio and also foaled at Berkshire Stud, Mischievous Dream is 3-3-3 in 14 starts with $268,600 in earnings. She won her debut in July 2020 at Saratoga Race Course before a fourth there in the Bolton Landing Stakes and a victory in the Sorority Stakes at Monmouth Park. She later placed in two more stakes – the 2020 Nownownow against males at Monmouth and 2021 Honey Ryder at Gulfstream Park. Mischievous Dream finished third in an optional-allowance sprinting on the grass during the Belmont at the Big A meeting in her most recent start in late October.

The most expensive New York-bred “short” yearling also came out of the Generazio dispersal and Denali consignment – Hip 262, a colt by Goldencents purchased by Tahlula Stables for $85,000. The colt is out of the stakes-placed Midshipman mare Wave of Glory, the dam of stakes winner and $110,690-earner Treasure King.

Keeneland reported sales on 23 New York-breds during the opening session for a total of $1,489,500, an average price of $64,761 and median of $37,000. The January sale continues at 10 a.m. Tuesday with the second of four sessions.

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