Jan 8, 2014 6:43 AM
Ponche de Leona sold for $775,000 to Brushwood Stable to top Tuesday's session of the 56th Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale.
The price is the highest amount paid during the first two days of the four-day sale.
Ponche de Leona is the dam of 2013 Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) winner Mucho Macho Man,
On Tuesday, 276 horses grossed $16,794,200, for an average price of $60,849. During the second session of last year's sale, 248 horses sold for $20,013,700, resulting in an average of $80,700.
"I thought the session was very good," Keeneland Director of Sales Geoffrey Russell said. "The prices paid for horses were comparable to Monday's session, especially at the top end. The median price was the same for both days. This indicates a consistent market through and through."
Cumulatively, Keeneland has sold 508 horses for $30,509,100. The average is $60,057. During the first two days of the 2013 sale, 449 horses sold for $35,345,100, an average of $78,720.
Reiley McDonald purchased Ponche de Leona, on behalf of Elizabeth Moran's Brushwood Stable, located near Malvern, Pa.
"The mare gets great foals," McDonald said. "She's the dam of a Breeders' Cup winner and there are not many like her in the sale. We stretched a little to get her but who knows what the foal's worth."
Mucho Macho Man is a son of Macho Uno who has won eight races in 23 starts and has earned $5,340,410. A contender for a 2013 Eclipse Award, Mucho Macho Man is in training at Gulfstream Park for a 2014 campaign. McDonald said the amount needed to acquire his dam was "about what we thought we'd have to spend."
Blake-Albina Thoroughbred Services LLC, agent, consigned Ponche de Leona, who also produced stakes-placed Mucho Mans Gold.
"I'm very thrilled that she sold and thankful to Reiley McDonald for his purchase, and to (owner) Black Rock (Stables) for letting us sell the mare," partner Ron Blake said. "She's a lovely mare and they (Brushwood) will do well with her. We were excited; we thought it was a fair price."
Grade 3 winner Sweeter Still (IRE), the lone mare in the sale in foal to leading English and Irish sire Galileo (IRE), sold for $750,000 to Damian and Braxton Lynch's Royal Oak Farm, agent. Eaton Sales, agent, consigned the 9-year-old daughter of Rock of Gibralter (IRE).
Royal Oak purchased Sweeter Still for Phyllis Wyeth, who plans to breed the mare to her Belmont (G1) winner, Union Rags.
"She could run and she's got a great pedigree," Braxton Lynch said about Sweeter Still. "(She's) in foal to the right stallion, and hopefully she'll produce some runners. Hopefully one of them will be a Union Rags."
Selling for $325,000 to Ina Bond's River Bend Farm of Goshen, Ky., was Patti's Regal Song, a stakes-placed daughter of Unbridled's Song in foal to Malibu Moon. Paramount Sales, agent, consigned the 8-year-old mare, who is out of the stakes-winning Banner Bob mare Regal Pennant. She is a half-sister to Grade 2 winner Regally Appealing and stakes winner Regal Miss Copelan, dam of Grade 2 winner Rockport Harbor.
"(We'll) keep her as a broodmare and hope for the best," said Bond's son, Austin Musselman. "I think we got her for a good price. (We're) excited about (her being in foal) to Malibu Moon. She's a big, beautiful mare."
Glen Hill Farm paid $300,000 for the 12-year-old Dynaformer mare Rietondale, in foal to Candy Ride (ARG). Mill Ridge Sales, agent, consigned Rietondale, a half-sister to Grade 1 winners Cetewayo and Dynaforce, Grade 2 winner Bowman Mill and stakes winner Ntombi. Rietondale is the dam of stakes-placed runners Profiteroles, Stormy Len and Shadow Banking.
The session's highest-priced yearling was the Malibu Moon colt sold to Maverick Racing for $225,000. Out of Grade 2 winner Kettleoneup, by Victory Gallop, the colt was consigned by Gainesway, agent.
"We'll just get him back, get him in the fold with the rest of the yearlings and go from there," said Elliott Walden of Maverick Racing. "He's a nice big, stretchy colt and (we need to) let him mature a little bit. (The) mare could run, so we'll just see what happens."
The session's leading consignor was Mill Ridge Sales, who sold 19 horses for $1,639,000. Overall, the sale's leading consignor is Taylor Made Sales Agency, which has sold 49 horses for $2,585,000.
Ben Glass, agent, was the session's leading buyer, spending $1,025,000 on 17 horses. Glass is the leading buyer so far through the sale, acquiring 30 horses for $1,682,000.
The January Sale continues through Thursday, Jan. 9. Sessions begin daily at 10 a.m. EST. The entire sale is streamed live at Keeneland.com.