Gainesway-Offered Prank Tops Keeneland January

Gainesway was the consignor of the Keeneland January Horses of All Age Sale topper this week when Tom Wachman went to $1.6 million to acquire Prank on behalf of Coolmore.

One of 19 sold by the Gainesway consignment, the Into Mischief daughter was impressive in her Saratoga debut with a victory in her only start. She comes from a royal family as a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Mo Donegal out of a winning daughter of Grade 1 winner Island Sound. Island Sound is also the dam of multiple Grade 1-placed Maya Malibu and stakes-placed Midnite Poppa.

“On the day she broke her maiden, you would have said she was the best 2-year-old in America, colts or fillies. Her figures were among the fastest in six years in Saratoga. And those horses were Grade 1 winners, so the ability was there,” said Gainesway’s Brian Graves.

A strong family from top to bottom, Prank’s fourth dam is the dam of Canadian classic winner Niigon.

“She was a real talent,” Graves said. “She broke her maiden by 10 at Saratoga when she won by the length of the stretch basically. She got injured and wasn’t able to make it back. But she had that brilliance that people want, the type that if you pass that along to your foals, they can be Grade I winners. We certainly thought she had the ability to be a Grade I winner.”

Gainesway led all consignors with more than five sold with a $130,105 average with its gross third overall, behind two consignors with more than double the amount of horses sold.

It was also a good sale for Gainesway’s champion sire TAPIT, who saw Steve Young go to $750,000 for Bridlewood Cat. Sold by Denali Stud on behalf of Bridlewood Farm, the stakes-placed Street Sense mare is a half-sister to TAPIT’s Grade 1 winner Sweet Loretta.  TAPIT’s daughter Sebago Lake was also a popular offering when purchased for $700,000 by Whisper Hill Farm from the Eaton Sales consignment in-foal to Justify. The pair of mares were the fourth and fifth most expensive of the sale.