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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.