October 24, 2021

$2.2 million Hard Not to Like paces strong Keeneland opener

Last updated: 11/2/15 7:40 PM

Hard Not to Like was the priciest of seven horses to bring seven figures
(Keeneland Photo)

Millionaire and multiple Grade 1 winner HARD NOT TO LIKE (Hard Spun) sold to
DATTT Farm for $2.2 million to headline Monday’s strong opening session of
Keeneland’s premier November Breeding Stock Sale. Enhanced by the Breeders’ Cup
World Championships, held October 30-31 at Keeneland, the 12-day November Sale
kicked off with large crowds that included the world’s major buyers, the sale of
seven horses for $1.2 million or more, and increases in gross, average and
median prices.

On Monday, Keeneland sold 136 horses for $45,094,000, up 8.93 percent from
2014 when 135 horses brought gross receipts of $41,398,000. The average of
$331,574 rose 8.13 percent from last year’s $306,652, while the median surged
19.12 percent from $170,000 to $202,500. 

“The session was very good, very consistent with last year,” Keeneland
Director of Sales Geoffrey Russell said. “We had seven million-dollar horses
today and seven million-dollar horses last year. The range from about $400,000
up was very strong today for everything: broodmare prospects, mares in foal and
foals themselves. That next level of the market obviously helped dramatically
because the median and average were up considerably.”

The session benefited from Keeneland’s inaugural hosting of the Breeders’

“We saw the positive effect of the Breeders’ Cup yesterday in terms of the
large number of people looking at horses on the sales grounds,” Russell said.
“We were very busy both for day one and day two. Some agents told us they’ve
seen people they normally don’t see here in November. Hopefully, that will add
some extra competition this week.”

Hard Not to Like, a six-year-old out of the stakes-winning Tactical Cat mare
Like a Gem, has eight wins in 21 starts, including victories in the Gamely (G1)
and Diana (G1), in which she set a course record, for earnings of $1,261,671.
She was consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, as a racing or broodmare
prospect. A year ago at the November Sale, Hard Not to Like sold for $1.5
million to Speedway Stables, Peter Fluor and K.C. Weiner.

“She’s a beautiful mare with a lot of class,” Taylor Made President and CEO
Duncan Taylor said. “You rarely find a mare that is genuinely sound from (ages)
two to six. She’s beautiful, she can run and she’s got pedigree. She comes from
a great E.P. Taylor family.”

“Nice filly,” said Gary Bush, farm manager of Denali Stud, which manages
DATTT’s broodmares, about Hard Not to Like. “We’re looking for a nice filly to
add to our broodmare band. She may race one more time; we’ll just see how it

SHOOK UP, runner-up in this year’s Kentucky Oaks (G1) and Fair Grounds Oaks
(G2), sold for $1.65 million to Three Chimneys Farm. The three-year-old daughter
of leading sire Tapit out of Grade 1 winner Sugar Shake (Awesome Again), was
consigned as a broodmare prospect by Three Chimneys Farm, agent for the Complete
Dispersal of Regis Farms, agent.

Shook Up was injured when jostled around in the Acorn (G1) in June. Three
Chimneys Chairman Goncalo Torrealba said the filly’s successful recovery at
Three Chimneys while being prepared for the sale inspired him to bid on her.

“Since we got her at (Three Chimneys) for prep (for the November Sale), she’s
only gotten better,” he said. “She’s a lovely mare. We didn’t think we could
afford her so we’re happy (to get her).”

Also bringing $1.65 million was Canadian champion SPRING IN THE AIR, carrying
her first foal by War Front and purchased by Prince Faisal’s Nawara Stud. Taylor
Made Sales Agency, agent, consigned the five-year-old daughter of Spring At Last
out of the Unbridled mare Unbridled Run.

“She’s a lovely, scopey mare,” said bloodstock agent Hugo Merry, who signed
the ticket. “She walked like (Horse of the Year) Zenyatta out back, dancing
around, just a lovely-shaped mare. (Prince Faisal) was very keen to buy a good
race mare to add to his broodmare band. It’s a good Runnymede Farm family. It’s
very much the Prince’s pick and he’s a brilliant horseman.”

COLONIAL FLAG (Pleasant Tap), a six-year-old half-sister to 2010 Breeders’
Cup Filly & Mare Turf (G1) winner Shared Account, who is in foal to Tapit, sold
for $1.6 million to Reynolds Bell for John Clay’s Alpha Delta Stable. Lane’s
End, agent, consigned Colonial Flag, a Grade 3 winner out of Silk n’ Sapphire
(Smart Strike).

“She will go back to Lane’s End,” Bell said. “(Clay is) a commercial breeder
and he races some, too. She fit what he was looking for. She obviously had
ability on the race track and she’s a half-sister to a Breeders’ Cup winner.”

Following Colonial Flag in the ring was COMEDY, an 11-year-old graded
stakes-producing daughter of Theatrical also in foal to Tapit. Stonestreet
Thoroughbred Holdings paid $1.5 million for Comedy, dam of Grade 2 winner Taris
and stakes winners Theatre Star and Stoweshoe.

“She’s beautiful. We like her foals,” Stonestreet owner Barbara Banke said.
“We like the fact that she’s had stakes winners. She’s obviously a good addition
to our broodmare band. She seems to work on the A.P. Indy line.”

Select Sales, agent, consigned Comedy, a daughter of Grade 3 winner Don’t Be
Silly (Lord At War).

Grade 1 winner SUNSET GLOW (Exchange Rate) brought a final bid of $1.375
million from Bryant Prentice’s Pursuit of Success. A three-year-old filly out of
the stakes-placed Dynaformer mare Perfectforthepart, Sunset Glow won the 2014
Del Mar Debutante (G1) and Sorrento (G2) at Del Mar. She was consigned as a
racing or broodmare prospect by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent

“She will go to the breeding shed,” Prentice said. “She faced very
competitive horses. She certainly proved (herself). I like Dynaformer on the
bottom side.”

Selling for $1.2 million to Katsumi Yoshida of Japan was Grade 1 winner DON’T
TELL SOPHIA (Congaree), in foal to leading sire Medaglia d’Oro. Trainer and
co-owner Phil Sims’ Spring Trace Farm, agent, sold the seven-year-old out of
Lost Expectations (Valid Expectations).

“She’s a really good mare,” said Yoshida’s son, Shunsuke Yoshida. “She was
second in the Breeders’ Cup (Distaff [G1]) last year in a good race. I think the
price was really fair. I think (she’ll be bred to leading Japanese sire Deep
Impact), who is a very busy stallion.”

At $475,000, the session’s top-priced weanling is the colt by Medaglia d’Oro
out of Grade 1 winner Emma’s Encore (Congrats). Darley Stud Management purchased
the colt, consigned by Lane’s End, agent.

“Obviously, Medaglia d’Oro is a special horse to us,” said Dan Pride, COO of
Darley’s Jonabell Farm, where Medaglia d’Oro stands. “(The weanling is) the
first foal out of a very good race mare, a Grade 1 winner. (He) fits our
program. He’ll go to our farm and hopefully he’ll show up in big races in a few

“(The price) was about where we appraised him. He was a special horse in this
group. He sold about where we thought he would, and we’re happy to have him.”

The session’s leading consigner was Taylor Made Sales Agency, who sold 35
horses for $12,810,000, including three of the day’s seven-figure horses. With
the purchase of Hard Not to Like, DATTT Farm was the session’s leading buyer.

The November Sale continues through Friday, November 13. Tuesday’s session
begins at 11 a.m. (EST). Remaining sessions start at 10 a.m. The entire sale is
streamed live at keeneland.com.