Grade 2 winner Pick of the Litter sold to Janet Jeanes for $15,000 on Monday at the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale, and will enter stud in Louisiana.
The 7-year-old son of Kitten's Joy sold as a stallion prospect after an on-track career that included five wins in 19 starts for earnings of $419,110. He is best known for his win in the Grade 2 Fayette Stakes at Keeneland, making him a standout among the Kitten's Joy progeny for picking up a graded win on dirt. He also finished third in the Grade 3 Lexington Stakes at Keeneland when main surface was Polytrack.
"We were looking for something from the El Prado line, and he's a Grade 2 winner on dirt, even though he's by Kitten's Joy, and he's got a decent pedigree," said bloodstock agent Anne Peters, who signed the ticket. "I thought he'd go for a lot more than that. I thought he'd go up to $50,000."
Bred in Kentucky by Gabriel Duignan, Crosshaven Bloodstock, and Vision Thoroughbreds, Pick of the Litter is out of the winning Fusaichi Pegasus mare Eagle Sound, who is the dam of five winners from six foals to race. He is from the family of Grade 1 winners All Fired Up and Competitive Edge.
Grade 1 winner Bradester has been retired to enter stud this year at Valor Farm near Pilot Point, Texas, for a fee of $3,500.
Trained by Eddie Kenneally for Joseph Sutton, the 7-year-old son of Lion Heart—Grandestofall, by Grand Slam, won or placed in 19 of 26 career starts, earning $1,196,332.
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Grade 3 winner Metaboss (by Street Boss) to debut at stud at Harris Farms in California. Story to follow.
Grade 3 winner Metaboss will begin his stallion career at Harris Farms in Coalinga, Calif. for the 2017 breeding season, where he will stand for an advertised fee of $2,000.
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New California Stallion FINNEGANS WAKE. G1W w/ earnings over $1,594,655. Bred for two turns! Email email@example.com for inquiries.
Grade I turf winner Finnegans Wake has been retired to stud at Ballena Vista Farm near Ramona, Calif., where he will stand as the property of Rockingham Ranch for $3,500.
The 8-year-old son of Powerscourt—Boat's Ghost, by Silver Ghost, was campaigned by Donegal Racing and Rockingham Ranch. Bred in Kentucky by Donegal's president and managing partner Jerry Crawford, Finnegans Wake raced from 2 to 7 and scored victories in four graded stakes.
Heading this year’s roster again are Medaglia d’Oro (pictured) and Exceed And Excel, both standing at a fee of $110,000 (inc. GST). Both stallions enjoyed outstanding results at the recent Inglis Easter Yearling Sale with Medaglia d’Oro achieving a record price of $2.4 million, while Exceed And Excel had multiple million-dollar lots.
Among the six new stallions for 2017 are Medaglia d’Oro’s highest-rated son, G1 Golden Rose winner Astern, plus the best-ever son of Champion American stallion Tapit, triple G1 winner Frosted Astern will stand at Kelvinside alongside his sire, while Frosted will stand at Northwood Park.
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