A colt from the first crop of 2015 Triple Crown winner and Horse of the Year American Pharoah sold to Godolphin for $2.2 million within the first three hours of Monday’s opening session of the 2018 Keeneland September Yearling Sale. The price is the highest for a Thoroughbred sold at public auction in North America this year.
Out of the stakes-winning Indian Charlie mare Kindle, the colt was consigned by Woods Edge Farm (Peter O’Callaghan), agent.
“He was a really special horse,” O’Callaghan said. “He’s probably the best yearling we’ve ever had, so I hope (his success) proves to be the case on the race track. Just very grateful for Sheikh Mohammed (of Godolphin) to come here and buy him. When (Sheikh Mohammed) saw (this colt) today, his eyes lit up. I just had a feeling he was going to try hard to buy him.”
In the name of Cavalier Bloodstock, O’Callaghan purchased the colt for $400,000 at the 2017 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.
“It was the most I’d ever paid for a foal,” O’Callaghan said. “He was exceptional the day we bought him, and he did just continue to get better and better. He was a tenacious physical specimen, but his temperament and his demeanor (were) almost as big.”
A Curlin colt who is the first foal out of Grade 1 winner Molly Morgan sold to OXO Equine for $1.8 million.
Sold to Don Alberto Corporation for $1.4 million, the top-priced filly is a daughter of Tapit who is a half-sister to Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) winner Liam’s Map and Grade 3 winner Not This Time. She was consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.
Lane’s End, agent, consigned a Medaglia d’Oro colt sold for $1.3 million. He is out of the Grade 2-winning Curlin Mare Moulin de Mougin.
The half-brother to Horse of the Year and Kentucky Derby (G1) winner California Chrome sold for $1.1 million to Coolmore’s M.V. Magnier. Bedouin Bloodstock, agent, consigned the son of the Not For Love mare Love the Chase.