Spirit of St Louis sells for $280,000 at Keeneland April

Monday, May 1st, 2023

Spirit of St Louis, a winning half-brother to New York-bred champion and Breeders’ Cup winner Bar of Gold, sold for $280,000 at Sunday’s Keeneland April horses of racing age sale. Photo provided by ELiTE.

Spirit of St Louis, a winning full brother to New York-bred champion and Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint winner Bar of Gold, sold for $280,000 during the Keeneland April horses of racing age sale Sunday in Lexington.

Michael Dubb purchased the 4-year-old New York-bred Medaglia d’Oro gelding, who finished as the sixth most expensive horse at the sale. Consigned by ELiTE, agent for Peter Brant’s White Birch Farm, as Hip 72, Spirit of St Louis is out of the winning Lemon Drop Kid mare Khancord Kid.

Bred by Chester and Mary Broman, Spirit of St Louis originally sold for $300,000 at the 2020 Keeneland September yearling sale. He’s one of four winners produced by Grade 3 Khancord Kid. Bar of Gold won seven times and earned $1,551,000 during her career and has since produced graded stakes winner Coinage. Khancord Kid is also the dam of stakes-placed winners Land Mine and Homeland and winner Im Just Kiddin.

Spirit of St Louis won his debut in mid-February at Aqueduct, taking a 1-mile state-bred maiden by 8 1/2 lengths. He followed that up with a runner-up finish in a 9-furlong allowance race for New York-breds April 6 at Aqueduct.

Keeneland reported sales on five of the six New York-breds offered in the April sale for a total of $505,000, an average price of $101,000.

Kerry, a winning 3-year-old daughter of Practical Joke, brought the second highest price for a New York-bred on an $85,000 bid from Jordan Wycoff. Offered as a racing or broodmare prospect as Hip 31 by Claiborne Farm, agent, Kerry is out of the winning Street Cry mare Cuccidati.

Bred and previously raced by Waterville Lake Stables, Kerry won her second start last June at Belmont Park before back-to-back stakes appearances in the Colleen at Monmouth Park and the Bolton Landing at Saratoga Race Course. She finished second in her lone start of 2023, a 5-furlong open-company allowance-optional in late March at Tampa Bay Downs.

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