Volatile filly, Cousin Kristi top January sale third session

Thursday, January 11th, 2024

Hip 903, a filly by Volatile bred by Beals Racing Stable, sold for $57,000 Wednesday at Keeneland. Photo courtesy of Vinery Sales.

A short yearling filly by Volatile from the family of multiple graded stakes winner Last Gunfighter and the winning Kantharos mare Cousin Kristi brought the highest prices for New York-breds during Wednesday’s third session of the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale in Lexington.

David Wade, agent for Sycamore Hall Farm, went to $57,000 for the former. Offered as Hip 903 out of the Vinery Sales consignment, the gray or roan filly is out of the Lemon Drop Kid mare Short Squeeze. The filly was bred by Beals Racing Stable, LLC.

A half-sister to Last Gunfighter and Grade 3 winner Tiger Moth, Short Squeeze is the dam of winners Banderas and Restrict, and a 2-year-old Higher Power filly that sold for $60,000 at last year’s Fasig-Tipton Saratoga New York-bred yearling sale.

Cousin Kristi, a 5-year-old out of the multiple stakes winning New York-bred Repent mare Saythreehailmary’s, brought the highest price for a New York-bred racing or broodmare prospect on a bid of $30,000 from CJ Thoroughbreds.

Cousin Kristi, a two-time winner by Kantharos, sold for $30,000 Wednesday at Keeneland. Photo courtesy of Denali Stud.

Offered as Hip 1018 and consigned by Denali Stud, agent, Cousin Kristi sports a record of 2-1-1 from six starts and $66,423 in earnings. Bred by Very Un Stable, Cousin Kristi originally sold for $75,000 to CJ Thoroughbreds at the 2020 Fasig-Tipton Select Yearling Showcase.

Hip 940, a short yearling colt by Frosted, landed the co-second highest price of the session on a $30,000 bid from Rexy Bloodstock.

Bred by Twin Oaks Bloodstock and consigned by Hill ‘n’ Dale at Xalapa, agent, the colt is the first foal out of the Nyquist mare Ventriloquist. A half-sister to Grade 3 winner and $341,022-earner Conquest Tsunami, Ventriloquist was purchased in foal to Frosted for $90,000 by MWG at the 2022 Fasig-Tipton Saratoga fall mixed sale.

Keeneland reported sales on 18 of the 23 New York-breds through the ring Wednesday for a total of $209,100, an average price of $11,617 and median of $6,500. Fifteen of the 19 short New York-bred yearlings offered sold for $163,100, an average price of $10,873 and median of $6,000.

The sale concludes with the final session at 10 a.m. ET Thursday.

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