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Abel Tasman Commands $5 Million at January Sale

January 7, 2019

Champion Abel Tasman sold for $5 million to Coolmore’s M.V. Magnier to lead Monday’s opening session of the 2019 Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale. The amount for Abel Tasman, cataloged as a broodmare prospect, equals the $5 million spent at the 2000 January Sale for Mackie, in foal to Mr. Prospector, as the highest price in sale history.

Abel Tasman

Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, consigned Abel Tasman, a 5-year-old daughter of Quality Road cataloged as a broodmare prospect. With 2017 wins in the Kentucky Oaks (G1), Acorn (G1) and Coaching Club American Oaks (G1), she was the year’s champion 3-year-old filly. Abel Tasman won the 2018 Ogden Phipps (G1) and Personal Ensign (G1) and is a finalist for the Eclipse as the year’s champion older mare.

Summer Wind Equine paid $750,000 for A Star Is Born (IRE), a daughter of Galileo (IRE) in foal to War Front. Consigned by Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent, A Star Is Born is carrying a full brother to stakes winner and Group 1-placed Fleet Review. The 9-year-old mare is a full sister to Irish highweight and Group 1 winner Rip Van Winkle (IRE) and a half-sister to Italian Group 3 winner Le Vie Infinite.

Ardfield Bloodstock paid $375,000 for the session’s top-priced yearling, a colt by Into Mischief whose third dam is Personal Ensign. Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, consigned the yearling, whose dam is the winning, stakes-placed Distorted Humor mare Mary Rita.