A 2-year-old daughter of Tapit and Grade 1 winner My Conquestadory who is a full sister to 2019 Xpressbet Fountain of Youth runner-up Bourbon War sold to Chad Schumer, agent, for $1.3 million to top Keeneland’s April Two-Year-Olds in Training and Horses of Racing Age Sale.
The April Sale returned after a five-year hiatus and featured for the first time an offering of horses of racing age.
During the single-session sale, Keeneland sold 67 horses for $6,083,500. The average was $90,799, and the median was $40,000.
Keeneland held the April Sale from 1993-2014, and graduates include six classic winners: Belmont winner Palace Malice; Preakness winner and champion Lookin At Lucky; Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner and champion Big Brown; Kentucky Derby and Belmont winner and champion Thunder Gulch; and Kentucky Oaks winners Keeper Hill and Gal in a Ruckus. Champion Beautiful Pleasure also is an April Sale graduate.
The 2014 auction produced champions Lady Eli and Roy H.
During Monday’s Preview Show, which featured catalogued juveniles working over the dirt track and turf course, the sale-topping Tapit filly breezed an eighth of a mile in the co-fastest time of :10 over the main track.
At $500,000, the top-priced horse of racing age is this year’s Twinspires.com Fair Grounds Oaks third-place finisher, Sweet Diane. Ina Bond’s River Bend Farm acquired the 3-year-old daughter of Will Take Charge, who has been in the money in each of her five career starts.
ELiTE, agent, consigned Sweet Diane, who is from the family of Glinda the Good, dam of champion Good Magic, and Grade 1 winner Magical Maiden. She was a late supplement to the sale. d