Grade I winner Ave became the
first horse to bring a seven-figure price at the Keeneland January
horses of all age auction when she sold for $1.4 million three-quarters
of the way through its first session. Teruya Yoshida’s Shadai Farm of
Japan purchased the 5-year-old daughter of Danehill Dancer, who was offered as a racing or broodmare prospect, Jan. 10 in Lexington.
“She is good-looking and has good conformation; she’s a well-balanced
mare,” said Dr. Yoshiro Nakaji, a spokesman for Shadai, through a
translator. “She will be a nice broodmare.”
Ave will be retired from racing and sent to Japan to be bred,
according to Nakaji, who is a veterinarian. Three Chimneys Sales, the
auction division of Robert Clay’s Three Chimneys Farm, consigned the
dark bay or brown mare to the sale.
“I think it was a strong price, but at the end of the day it makes
sense,” said Three Chimneys Farm president Case Clay. “She has a
fabulous European pedigree. She is a group stakes winner in Europe, a
grade I stakes winner in America, and she ran in Japan. She is a very