Keeneland's January Horses Of All Ages Sale, is now in the books and Tropical Racing was among the many active buyers on hand, which included representatives from across the U.S. and countries as far-flung as Australia and Saudi Arabia, from France to Chile.
By the end of the five-day sale, which ran from the 13th to 17th, a total of 1,106 horses sold for gross receipts of $42,480,500.
As at every sale, competition was fierce for horses at the top end. Keeneland January has become an extremely popular market for short yearlings, and this year was no different. In fact, Geoffrey Russell, Director of Sales for Keeneland, described the yearling market as "phenomenal." The highest-priced yearling of the sale went through the ring on day three as a colt by Uncle Mo out of stakes winner Red Sashay, by Big Brown, sold for $400,000 to Springhouse Farm. Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, a perennial leading consignor at the January sale, consigned the Uncle Mo colt.
The atmosphere was definitely electric when it came to the best short yearlings, but our focus was shopping for mares, on the hunt to fortify the ranks of Tropical Racing's broodmares in order to provide future race prospects for our partnerships. To that end, we've increased our broodmare numbers by 400% in the last 12 months. While we had a number of promising mares short-listed, in the end we secured the final bid on two quality young in-foal mares, and are very excited to add Longstocking and Time For Harlan to our band.
Longstocking is by 2019's leading general sire Into Mischief and out of the Mazel Trick mare, Pot of Tricks. A half-sister to two winners, Longstocking earned $133,264 and is in foal to Competitive Edge, winner of the Hopeful Stakes-G1 and Pat Day Mile Stakes-G3.
Time for Harlan is by sire of champions and sires, Harlan's Holiday, and out of Time of Peace, by Slew City Slew. A winner herself, Time for Harlan is a half-sister to four winners, including stakes-placed Koby Jo. She is in foal to Tapit's multiple graded stakes-winning son, Race Day.
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