It was another successful Book 1 for Gainesway this week at Keeneland September when the consignment sold two seven figure fillies during Book 1.
Their highest seller, a $1.2 million Quality Road filly out of Princesa Silvia got the sale started well when Claiborne bought her as only the eighth horse in the ring. The filly is the third foal out of a half-sister to champion Saint Liam, Grade 1 winner Funtastic, and Gun Runner’s Grade 2 winning dam Quiet Giant among others.
“It is not surprising. She is a nice filly with that pedigree. When Mr. Leon had that dispersal with some of that family, it all was expensive. We had planned on it being pricey,” Claiborne’s Bernie Sams told Thoroughbred Daily News.
The following day, another filly was in the seven figure club when the full sister to multiple Grade 2 winner Wicked Halo sold for $1.1 million to RIchard Knight Bloodstock. She received an update a little under two weeks before the sale when Wicked Halo won the Prioress Stakes (G2), her second stakes victory.
“She is by Gun Runner, who is a stallion we very much earmarked coming over here,” Knight told Thoroughbred Daily News. “The filly is a sister to a good horse, the dam was a good horse herself. And this horse was a lovely physical. She is very racy and with a great temperament. She’ll be a lovely broodmare at the end of the day to breed from as well. We are very happy to have her.”
Gainesway’s own Brian Graves saw his $300,000 Keeneland January pinhook sell well on Monday when the Justify filly out of San Saria brought $925,000 through the Gainesway consignment. She was purchased by MyRacehorse, Wesley Ward, and RT Racing. The first foal out of her own dam, the filly is a granddaughter of stakes winner and multiple group place San Sicharia with eight stakes performers listed on her page.
“The truth of the matter is, she walked out and she stood up so pretty. She had all the perfect angles, she had an ass that was this wide. She looked like a 2-year-old and I just thought she was stunning. The Justify part came later. I probably would have been in trouble if he hadn’t jumped up because I gave a lot for her. We are thrilled with that result. The sale has started off crazy good and it figures to be strong,” Graves told Thoroughbred Daily News
In all, Gainesway’s average of $484,565 was fifth best of all consignors with 10 or more sold and their gross was second best among all consignors at $11,145,000.
Gainesway continues to be represented in each of the coming five books with their final offering selling next Friday as the last one through the ring in the second-to-last session.