A colt from the first crop of foals by Grade 1 winner Paynter sold for $520,000 early Friday afternoon to top the fourth session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. Friday marks the first day of the two-day Book 2 catalog.
Mike Ryan, agent for E5 Racing and Magic Cap Stable, bought the colt, a half-brother to Grade 1 winner Starship Truffles.
“I thought he was one of the top horses of the day,” Ryan said. “(E5 Racing and Magic Cap, which races in New York and Florida) really enjoy racing and they understand this is a five-year program. Last year we bought all fillies, but this year they wanted to mix it up and get some good colts. I think this horse is exceptional.
“I love Paynter,” Ryan said. “I have a share in him. I was so impressed with him on the race track — his courage, his tenacity, his desire to win. And then to overcome an incredible illness (colitis) and perform so well afterwards, he had to have the heart of a lion. This is the best one I have seen by him and obviously I was not alone because we stretched. We stretched big time.”
Dromoland Farm, agent, consigned the colt, whose dam is the stakes-winning Not For Love mare Bobbie Use.
About two hours after the start of the sale, a More Than Ready sold to China Horse Club/Maverick Racing for $500,000. Elm Tree Farm, agent, consigned the colt, a half-brother to stakes-placed Poseidon’s Way. He is out of the winning Smart Strike mare Winsome Ways and is from the family of stakes winners Don Dulce and Sweet Relish. His third dam is Grade 1 winner Ms. Eloise.
Asked what he liked about the colt, Elliott Walden, representing Maverick Racing, said, “His balance and obviously More Than Ready is a great sire. He is very athletic and looked like he’d be the kind to be able to be able to go on both surfaces, which is what we are looking for.”
“We bring them here to try to sell them,” Jody Huckabay of Elm Tree said. “He’s a very nice horse. Everybody was on him. We’re very pleased. Book 2 has been very good to us (in the past).”