Justify colt sells for $700,000 at OBS March

Thursday, March 14th, 2024

Hip 539, a colt by Justify out of Pauseforthecase bred by Chester and Mary Broman, sold for $700,000 Wednesday at OBS March. Photo courtesy of Pick View.

A New York-bred colt by Triple Crown winner Justify out of New York-bred champion Pauseforthecause sold for $700,000 to highlight bidding during Wednesday’s second session of the Ocala Breeders’ Sales Co.’s March 2-year-olds in training sale.

Donato Lanni, agent for Zedan Racing, signed for the colt offered as Hip 539 by Pick View LLC, agent. Bred by Chester and Mary Broman and foaled at their Chestertown Farm in Chestertown, the colt is the first foal out of the Giant’s Causeway mare Pauseforthecause, a multiple stakes winner and earner of $546,093.

The colt, the seventh most expensive juvenile sold during Wednesday’s strong session, originally sold to Hoby Kight, agent for Halona PH, for $100,000 at last year’s Keeneland September yearling sale.

Pauseforthecause, campaigned by the Bromans, earned champion New York-bred older dirt female and female sprinter championship honors in 2019. She went 3-2-2 in nine starts that season, including victories in the Iroquois Stakes at Belmont Park and Garland Of Roses Stakes at Aqueduct. She placed in six other stakes during her career and retired with seven wins in 25 starts.

Pauseforthecause is also the dam of a New York-bred yearling colt by Gun Runner and a filly by undefeated Horse of the Year Flightline born February 19, both bred by the Bromans.

The Justify colt was one of four six-figure New York-breds sold Wednesday and OBS reported sales on 19 of the 24 New York-breds through the ring for $1,887,000, an average price of $99,316. Overall, 31 New York-breds have sold for $3,212,000, an average price of $103,613.

Hip 362, another Broman-bred and a daughter of Uncle Mo and Khancord Kid, sold for $200,000. Photo courtesy of Sequel Bloodstock.

The Bromans also bred the session’s second highest-priced New York-bred juvenile, Hip 362, a filly by Uncle Mo out of their stellar producer Khancord Kid, who brought $200,000 from Starship Stables.

Consigned by Sequel Bloodstock, agent, the filly is the ninth foal out of the stakes-winning Lemon Drop Kid mare Khancord Kid and a half-sister to Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint winner and New York-bred champion female sprinter and champion older dirt female Bar of Gold, stakes winner Spirit of St Louis and stakes-placed winners Land Mine and Homeland.

A filly from the second crop of New York-based sire Solomini also landed among the day’s top sellers. Hip 486, a filly out of the Giant’s Causeway mare Myself, sold for $75,000 to Joseph Brocklebank, agent. She was the second most expensive New York-bred filly through the ring Wednesday.

Bred by and foaled at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds in Saratoga Springs, the filly was consigned by Silvestre Chavez Thoroughbreds, agent. Solomini, a 9-year-old Grade 1-placed son of Curlin and the Empire State’s leading freshman sire in 2023, stands for $7,500 at McMahon of Saratoga Thoroughbreds in Saratoga Springs.

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

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