Two lots make a million dollar on Thursday

Colts by Into Mischief and Street Sense make US$1 million a piece.

Lot 874 Into Mischief - Secret Someone colt
Lot 874 Into Mischief - Secret Someone colt Picture: Keeneland

Two further lots made seven figures at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale when colts by Into Mischief (Harlan's Holiday) and Street Sense (Street Cry) sold for US$1 million during Thursday's Session 4. Those sales took the total number of million dollar lots to 15. 

The first of these came when Mike Ryan, agent bought Lot 874, a son of Spendthrift Farm's Into Mischief from Mt Brilliant Farm. 

The colt is out of stakes winning A P Indy (Seattle Slew) mare Secret Someone who is a half-sister to Grade ONe winner Dunbar Road (Quality Road). 

Ryan, who said he bought the colt for a partnership, is familiar with the family. Ryan purchased Dunbar Road's dam, Gift List (Bernardini), at Keeneland's 2016 January Horses of All Ages Sale when she was carrying Dunbar Road.

"He reminded me an awful lot of Practical Joke," Ryan said about the purchase, comparing the colt to the Grade 1-winning son of Into Mischief, 

"If he runs to his pedigree – top and bottom, sire and female line – he's got terrific stallion potential. He looks like a horse that hopefully would run at Saratoga next summer and strike out from there. I thought he was a special colt. He's got a lot of upside, and hopefully, he'll turn out lucky."

Mt Brilliant owner Greg Goodman was pleased with the result. 

"We loved his family," Goodman said. "(Second dam) Private Gift is the first really expensive horse I ever bought. I have sold a lot of the family and kept a lot of the daughters. He could not be in better hands, and I am so happy about it."

Later on during the session, BSW / Crow Colts Group bought Lot 1022, a son of Darley's Street Sense out of Critikal Reason (Aptitude), becoming the second million dollar lot of the day. Critikal Reason has produced six winners including stakes winner Bajan (Speightstown) and the stakes placed Virtual Machine (Drosselmeyer). Further back this is the family of Grade One winners Forever Unbridled (Unbridled's Song) and Unbridled Forever (Unbridled's Song). 

BSW/Crow Colts Group purchased four yearlings on Thursday. In addition to the Street Sense colt, the others were Justice, a US$450,000 son of Justify (Scat Daddy) consigned by Bridie Harrison, agent for Peter E Blum Thoroughbreds; a US$325,000 son of Good Magic (Curlin) consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, and a US$250,000 son of Maclean's Music (Distorted Humor) consigned by Paramount Sales, agent.

Over the four days, BSW/Crow Colts Group has purchased 17 colts for US$5.98 million.

"It's a stallion-making group," Brad Weisbord, speaking for the partnership, said. "We want to have fun along the way, but Brad Cox's goal is to make a stallion to make this whole thing make sense. We want to return some capital to the partners."

Farfellow Farms consigned the Street Sense colt.

"He just kept getting better and better," Kip Knelman of Farfellow said about the consignor's lone offering in the first week and the first of seven yearlings Farfellow has consigned to the September Sale.

"Our farm manager and staff at the farm did a marvelous job," Knelman added. 

"We handle our horses all the time from the time they are babies. He was a real gentleman the whole time. Our reserve was considerably lower, but we had a pretty good understanding of who was interested. It was all the right people. We felt comfortable our reserve would be met.

"We are very pleased and very blessed. This horse business can be tough so sometimes when you get a little luck like this, it brings it back so we can do it again."



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