September Sale Proven Source of Future Stallions

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It’s the perfect storm: A buyer antes up for a well-bred, well-conformed colt at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale and the individual not only goes on to perform at the highest levels of racing but also transitions to a second career at stud.

The list of September Sale graduates that made their mark on the racetrack and have recently moved into their next career as stallions include Accelerate, City of Light, Good Magic, Justify, Mastery, Mendelssohn, Practical Joke and West Coast.

Triple Crown Winner Popular

The addition of Triple Crown winner Justify to the elite stallion roster at Coolmore’s Ashford Stud further enhanced the return on the $500,000 that WinStar Farm’s Maverick Racing and China Horse Club paid for the son of late Ashford stallion Scat Daddy from the Glennwood Farm consignment to the 2016 September Sale. Now highly anticipated yearlings from the first crop of Justify, the 2018 Horse of the Year, will be offered at the 2021 September Sale. Members of this same group of foals averaged $381,250 when sold as weanlings, tops among all North American sires for 2020.

Keeneland September graduate & Triple Crown winner JUSTIFY

He fulfills the good looks and the masculine type of horse that you must have for a good stallion. It's so unusual to win a Triple Crown. You could be talking about (how) he could be a Northern Dancer or he could be a Sunday Silence; he could be the next big thing.
John Magnier, Coolmore Stud

Mendelssohn Lives Up to Expectations

A half-brother to Grade 1 winner and leading sire Into Mischief and four-time champion Beholder, Mendelssohn lived up to expectations from the time the son of Scat Daddy topped the 2016 September Sale when he sold to M.V. Magnier for $3 million on behalf of Coolmore interests. An international success on the track, the Grade 1 winner who stands at Ashford also will be represented by his first yearlings at this year’s September Sale. His weanlings were well received last year, averaging $95,737.

Grade 1 winner MENDELSSOHN sells at Keeneland September for $3 million

Being by our own Scat Daddy and a half-brother to Into Mischief and Beholder, you couldn't ask for a better pedigree … I have no doubt that he will prove extremely popular.
Dermot Ryan, Coolmore America

Off to a Good Start

Another September Sale graduate standing at Ashford Stud is Practical Joke, whose first foals are off and running this year while the son of Into Mischief ranks among the leading freshman sires in North America. A $240,000 purchase from Gainesway at the 2015 September Sale, Practical Joke was a precocious 2-year-old, winning the Hopeful and Champagne, both Grade 1 races, for Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence, and he also annexed the H. Allen Jerkens Stakes (G1).

Keeneland September Graduate and Multiple Grade 1 winner PRACTICAL JOKE

He's a very, very good-looking horse. He's by one of the hottest sires in the country, and he's amongst the very best racehorses of his generation.
Dermot Ryan, Coolmore America

A Sound, Tough Horse

Joining the freshman class of first yearlings selling at the September Sale is Accelerate, whose five Grade 1 stakes wins include the TVG Pacific Classic and Breeders’ Cup Classic. The son of Lookin At Lucky, who raced for Hronis Stable, was a $380,000 purchase through David Ingordo of Lane’s End Bloodstock from Bluewater Sales at the 2014 September Sale. After earning $6.9 million, Accelerate retired to William S. Farish’s Lane’s End after being honored with an Eclipse Award as champion older male.

Champion, multi-millionaire, and multiple grade 1 winner ACCELERATE

Accelerate is the kind of horse I like to find—ones that are good and get better, better, better. We use the word 'throwback' with him. He's what the industry is looking for—a sound, tough horse.
David Ingordo, Bloodstock Agent

City of Light, West Coast Yearlings on Offer

Two additional Lane’s End stallions that graduated from the September Sale and will have their first yearlings at this year’s venue are Eclipse Award-winning West Coast and four-time Grade 1 winner City of Light. Purchased by Ben Glass, agent for Gary and Mary West, for $425,000 from Hermitage Farm, West Coast won the Travers (G1) and was voted champion 3-year-old male before retiring with $5.8 million in earnings. The son of Flatter is out of champion Caressing.

A son of Lane’s End stallion Quality Road, City of Light won the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) and Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) for William Warren Jr. and his wife, Suzanne. He was purchased by Walnut Green for $710,000 from Lane’s End at the 2015 September Sale before going on to earn $5.6 million. City of Light’s weanlings dazzled in the sales ring last year, averaging $216,000.

Champion and multi-millionaire WEST COAST
Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (G1) and Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) winner CITY OF LIGHT
City of Light is a very fast, sound, consistent horse. His sire and brilliance, coupled with his looks, makes him a very exciting prospect.
Bill Farish, Lane’s End

West Coast is a champion out of a champion. Not only has he proven that he's an exceptional racehorse, but he descends from the A.P. Indy sire line, out of a champion mare, picked out by a highly respected judge. He's a very exciting addition to our roster.
William S. Farish, Lane’s End

A Magical Beginning

It is appropriate that champion 2-year-old male Good Magic would enter stud at Hill ‘n’ Dale because John Sikura’s operation had consigned the son of Curlin to the 2016 September Sale and sold him to agent Mike Ryan for $1 million on behalf of the Edwards family’s e Five Racing, with breeder Stonestreet retaining an interest. Trained by Chad Brown, Good Magic sewed up an Eclipse Award by winning the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) and went on to win the $1 million Toyota Blue Grass (G2) and finish second in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) at 3. After averaging $104,000 as weanlings, Good Magic’s first yearlings are cataloged in this year’s September Sale.

Champion GOOD MAGIC sold at Keeneland September for $1 million

Good Magic showed incredible talent and durability as I put him through the most demanding campaign of any horse I've ever trained. He's an extremely rare colt and should make a top stallion.
Chad Brown

A Master Stallion Prospect

A son of Candy Ride (ARG) purchased by Gatewood Bell’s Cromwell Bloodstock for $425,000 from Stone Farm at the 2015 September Sale, Mastery retired undefeated in four starts that included the Los Alamitos CashCall Futurity (G1) for Everett Dobson’s Cheyenne Stable. Mastery, who stands at the Hancock family’s Claiborne Farm, is represented by his first crop of foals, who are 2-year-olds this year. His second crop averaged $152,125 when offered as weanlings last year.

Undefeated grade 1 winner MASTERY

He's an impressive, powerful-looking colt … Clearly his pedigree and race record make him an exciting stallion prospect. We're honored to have him join our stallion roster.
Bernie Sams, Claiborne Farm