House Rules
Source: Keeneland Photo

Brisk trade produced healthy results during Tuesday’s second session of the January Horses of All Ages Sale, topped by the sale of the multiple Grade 3-winning Distorted Humor mare House Rules, in foal to Quality Road, to WinStar Farm for $750,000.

Keeneland sold 242 horses for $17,805,100, for an average of $73,575 and a median of $35,000. During the second session in 2018, 229 horses grossed $15,036,900, for an average of $65,663 and a median of $25,000.

Through two sessions of the four-day January Sale, 465 horses have grossed $38,857,300, for an average of $83,564 and a median of $37,000. During the corresponding period in 2018, 415 horses brought a total of $28,302,000 for an average of $68,198 and a median of $37,000.

The session-topping House Rules is an 8-year-old daughter of Distorted Humor out of the Mutakddim mare Teamgeist (ARG), a multiple group winner in Argentina. She was consigned by Blackwood Stables, agent for Phase 1 Dispersal of JV Shields Jr. Shields, a longtime Thoroughbred owner and breeder who was involved with numerous racing organizations, died in October.

Lane’s End, agent, was the leading consignor Tuesday with sales of $2,429,000 for 22 horses.

Gabriel Duignan’s Springhouse Farm paid $450,000 for Media Mischief, a 5-year-old daughter of Into Mischief in foal to Pioneerof the Nile. Eaton Sales, agent, consigned Media Mischief, a half-sister to multiple French Group 1 winner Nebraska Tornado, French Group 2 winner Burning Sun and Grade 3 winner Mirabilis. Their dam is Grade 2 winner Media Nox (GB), by Lycius.

Sweet Dreams, a 7-year-old stakes-placed daughter of Candy Ride (ARG) in foal to leading sire Tapit, sold to Eaton Sales Bloodstock for $420,000. Consigned by Hidden Brook, agent, she is a half-sister to multiple graded stakes winner Strike Charmer and from the family of champion Gold Beauty. Her dam is the stakes-winning Storm Cat mare Cat Charmer.

Montia Holdings purchased Lavender Chrissie, a 7-year-old stakes-winning daughter of Scat Daddy in foal to Union Rags, for $400,000. Lane’s End, agent, consigned the mare, a half-sister to Grade 3 winner Baby J and stakes winner Laureate Conductor.

Albert Racing spent $390,000 to acquire Tuesday’s top-priced yearling, a colt by Union Rags consigned by Indian Creek, agent. He is the first foal out of the Bernardini mare Zondaq, a half-sister to Grade 2 winners Discreet Dancer and Travelin Man and stakes winner Sweet N Discreet.

Two yearlings brought $250,000 each.

McMahon & Hill Bloodstock, agent, went to that amount to acquire a colt from the first crop of champion Runhappy who is a half-brother to Grade 3 winner Sandbar. Consigned by Clarkland Farm, he is out of the stakes-winning Vicar mare Summer Cruise.

A colt by Kitten’s Joy out of the winning Officer mare Illegal Search brought a final bid of $250,000 from Dudley Racing. Consigned by Indian Creek, agent, the colt is from the family of multiple graded stakes winner Lemhi Go.

A yearling colt by Cairo Prince out of the Elusive Quality mare Lady Lapuma, consigned by Stuart Morris, agent, brought $230,000 from B B N Bloodstock.