It was another impressive book for Gainesway at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale to follow up Book 1 when the consignment consigned a $1 million yearling among its 27 sold during the third session.
That yearling was a big hit for both the sales and stallion side of the consignment when a TAPIT filly out of Lady’s Island sold to D.J. Stable for $1.1 million.
She is the first foal out of that multiple graded stakes winning mare, who is one of seven winners out of Broadway Martha. Two of the three dams on the page with racing age foals have produced a stakes winner with many of her fourth dam’s daughters doing the same. Among those produced by the mares are Group 1 winner Nicole Pharly and Grade 1-placed Star of the Sea.
“Our short listers had her on the list about two days ago, we went out in the rain and actually looked at her and it was just one of those fillies that when they come out of the barn, you hope that it is the one that you asked for. She had all the right parts in all the right places, I don’t get enamored with too many horses where I sit back and say ‘oh my god’ or I forget who it is or who the hip number is, but certainly this filly took my breath away,” said Jon Green.
An $800,000 Gun Runner colt out of Sky My Sky was the highest priced colt and second highest priced overall of the book for Gainesway after Hartley/DeRenzo purchased him for Mor Play Racing with Keri Radcliffe as agent.
The filly is the fourth out of the Grade 3 placed Sky My Sky, who has a placed runner in Italy from her only foal to race. Sky My Sky is out of a full sister to the Grade 1 winning Nebraska Tornado.
A first generation-bred from John Oxley’s breeding program, the colt descends from a strong Juddmonte produced family under the third dam with those seen under there including the Group 1 winning Westover and Group 2 winners Burning Son and Othertwistafate among others.
In all, Gainesway sold 10 yearlings for $500,000 or more during the first Book 2 session with the 27 sold averaging $409,444 with a median of $425,000. Included in that was the $1.1 million Book 2 topping filly with Gainesway having the highest average of any consignor with 10 or more sold.