A son of Scat Daddy who is a half-brother to multiple champion Beholder and Grade 1 winner and sire Into Mischief sold to Coolmore’s M.V. Magnier for $3 million about 1½ hours after the start of Wednesday’s session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale.
The amount is the highest paid for a Thoroughbred at any public auction around the world in 2016. It is the highest paid for a yearling at the September Sale since 2010.
Breeder Clarkland Farm consigned the colt, who is out of the stakes-winning Tricky Creek mare Leslie’s Lady.
“I was very surprised by the price,” Fred Mitchell of Clarkland said. “I thought he might be the highest price of the sale, but we were (just) hoping to get a million and a half. Double that is unbelievable. I thought maybe (he would bring) a million and a half or, if there was a bidding war, $2 million. But not $3 million. He is an unbelievable individual with a great disposition and mind that you dream to have. He was an unbelievable individual from the time he was born. He had a special look in his eye from the time he was two months old.”
Mitchell said the colt had been “shown at Keeneland for 5½ days and never missed a beat in the way he moved. It was like he was on air, just striding out.”
Shadwell Estate Co. Ltd. paid $1.3 million for a War Front colt out of Grade 1 winner Love and Pride, by A.P. Indy. Four Star Sales, agent, consigned the colt, who is from the family of champion and successful sire Bernardini.
At $925,000, the session’s third high seller is the Pioneerof the Nile colt who is a full brother to 2016 multiple graded stakes winner Midnight Storm. Warrendale Sales, agent, consigned the son of the winning Bertrando mare My Tina.