BY BROCK SHERIDAN
West Bloodstock as agent for Repole Stable put in a final bid of $400,000 to acquire a Florida-bred filly by Grade 1 Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands-winner Nyquist Wednesday, the first day of Book 2, during the third session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale.
The Keeneland Yearling Sale will continue through 12 sessions that concludes on Saturday, Sept. 23.
On Wednesday, 209 yearlings sold for $64,024,000, down slightly from last year’s $66,695,000 when 219 horses sold. The average of $306,335 increased .59% from $304,543 in 2022. The median of $255,000 was nearly identical to last year’s $250,000.
Consigned by Gainesway as agent for Leslie and John Malone’s Bridlewood Farm located in Ocala, Fla., the chestnut filly catalogued a Hip 504 is out of the winning Tapit mare, Double Tapped, a full sister to 2014 champion 3-year-old filly Untapable. Untapable is a multiple Grade 1 winner including the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff, Longines Kentucky Oaks and Mother Goose in 2014.
Double Tapped has produced Grade 3 American-winner Majestic Eagle and Florida-bred stakes-placed performers Double Medal and Empire Gal.
Double Tapped was purchased by Bridlewood Farm at the 2015 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall Sale for $1.3 million and they bred Double Medal, Empire Gal, Wednesday’s rich Nyquist filly and her unnamed weanling colt by Street Sense. Double Tapped was bred to Not This Time in 2023.
Bridlewood marketed another six-figure Florida-bred, this one through the Denali Stud consignment, in Hip 578, a bay colt by Twirling Candy that sold to Quarter Pole Enterprises LLC for $250,000.
The colt is out of the unraced Speightstown mare Jotown, a daughter of multiple graded-stakes-winner JoJo Warrior and a $550,000 purchase by Bridlewood at the 2017 Keeneland September Sale. Bred by Bridlewood Farm, the colt is the first foal out of Jotown.
Bloodstock agent Steve W. Young went to $150,000 to acquire Hip 596, a Florida-bred filly by Constitution out of the stakes-winning Northern Afleet mare Light Bringer consigned by Eaton Sales as agent. Florida-bred Light Bringer is a full sister to Florida-bred Grade 3-winner Aegean and a half-sister to stakes-producer Show Me. She has produced Grade 3-placed Imonra and is a second-generation mare from the Florida breeding program of Peter Vegso’s Vegso Racing Stable. Vegso Racing Stable also bred the yearling Constitution colt.
Hip 731, a Florida-bred colt from the first crop by War of Will, sold for $130,000 to Joe Hardoon as agent. Consigned by Francis and Barbara Vanlangendonck’s Summerfield as agent, the colt is out of Stormbeforethecalm, making him a half-brother to multiple graded-placed, stakes winning Florida-bred Proven Strategies and stakes-winning Florida-bred Corona Bolt. Summerfield, who purchased Stormbeforethecalm for $15,000 at the 2016 Keeneland January Sale of Horses of All Ages, bred the colt in the name of Summerfield Sales Agency in partnership with Etarip Stables.
A fifth Florida-bred selling Wednesday went for $65,000 to Pedro Lanz as agent from the Denali Stud as agent consignment. The colt is from the first crop by McKinzie and is out of the winning Bernardini mare On the Trail. Florida-bred On The Trail is a half-sister to multiple graded-winner and stakes-producer Criminologist, graded-placed Rescue Squad, stakes-placed and stakes-producer Party Now and graded stakes-producers Party of Interest of Search and Seizure. Wind Hill Farm bred the McKinzie colt.