Astute Bloodstock active in Kentucky

 

After two years of Covid isolation in Australia, it was wonderful to be able to travel again and to attend the Fasig -Tipton and Keeneland mare sales in Lexington. 

It was a long time since I worked in Kentucky as an intern for Keeneland while riding trackwork for the leading trainer Todd Pletcher and coming back to Lexington brought some fond memories. 

Fasig Tipton had assembled an exceptional catalog of elite race mares and a staggering 26 of them sold above US$1M in one evening.  

The following day was the Keeneland mare sale which is the largest of its kind and it brings some of the world's best breeders, bloodstock agents, and horsemen together in one location. 

It was wonderful to reconnect with plenty of friends from around the world who participated in the auction. 

I was able to purchase 3 mares for various clients, two of them will head to Australia and the 3rd one is on her way to Normandy.  

 

STEALTHEDIAMONDS (USA) by Unusual Heat  

  • A stunning mare who won 6 races

  • Listed winner over 1100m 

  • By a proven group one sire who is also an accomplished broodmare sire 

  • Strong black type family as the first 3 dams have all produced stakes winners. 

  • Granddaughter of the great Nureyev

 

AMANZI YIMPILO (IRE) No Nay Never

 

  • A magnificent filly

  • A 2yo stakes winner over 1100m

  • A lightly raced filly who will race on

  • Out of a Galileo mare and from a deep European family.  

  • By the speed influence No Nay Never, who is now standing in Ireland for EU 125000 in Ireland 

Amanzi Yimpilo
Amanzi Yimpilo

 

 Eareckson (GB) Oasis Dream 

 

  • A beautiful mare 

  • By a top-class stallion Oasis Dream

  • Half-sister to a Gr3 winner  

  • In foal to the rising star stallion Caravaggio 

  • From a consistent French family 

Caravaggio

After the sales, I was able to embark on a stud tour of all the leading farms around Lexington to inspect most of the best stallions in America. 

Overall it was a fascinating trip and I look forward to returning next year for the breeder's cup. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A star is born in WA

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