$1.2M Adena Springs Bred Filly Tops Saratoga Sale Opening Session

08.07.2018 -

Hip 26, a filly from the first crop by American Pharoah, brought $1.2 million on opening night of the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale. Bred in Ontario by Adena Springs, she was consigned by Gainesway on behalf of the pinhooking partnership Blue Sky Stables, which purchased her for $500,000 at the 2017 Keeneland November sale

Larry Best, standing alongside advisor John Dowd, was the winning bidder adding to his increasingly power-packed racing stable. The appeal of the seven-figure yearling was simple for Best.

"I didn't have one," he said in reference to the fillys' Triple Crown-winning sire. "I don't think you can go wrong with an American Pharoah filly crossed with a Malibu Moon mare. The residual value, just on the dam's side, is huge. I thought the price would actually go higher, but I wasn't going to go any higher. So I was surprised I got her."

The chestnut yearling, out of multiple Grade 1 winner Life at Ten, is a half-sister to Stronach Stables graded stakes placed Singing Bullet and her half-sister Bohemian Queen was an impressive debut winner at Woodbine Sunday, also in the Stronach red, black and gold.

Watch Bohemain Queen's Maiden victory

Life at Ten, winner of the 2010 Beldame S. (G1) and Ogden Phipps S. (G1), was purchased by Adena Springs for $1.95 million at the 2011 Keeneland November sale. 

- edited from www.thoroughbreddailynews.com

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