She 'checked the boxes'; Point of Honor's sis goes to $1 million

September 10, 2019 12:38pm

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and his entourage were patrolling the Keeneland walking ring before the second session of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale kicked off, so it was little surprise to see Godolphin go to seven figures early Tuesday for a well-bred filly.

Hip 199, a half-sister of Grade 2 winner Point of Honor, who won Pimlico’s Black-Eyed Susan (G2) back in May, hammered for $1 million on the dot to continue the above-average trade that started Monday in Lexington, Ky. 

“I’d just like to say thank you to Sheikh Mohammed. He’s meant so much not only to Keeneland but to our family,” said Duncan Taylor, president and CEO of Taylor Made Sales, which consigned the filly for Siena Farm.

“He just buys horse after horse. I hope that filly could be a Grade 1 winner for him, because she sure looks the part. Couldn’t look any better.”

Union Rags is the sire and Zayanna the dam, making Hip 199 a sibling of a 2-year-old with a bright future, too. Wicked Whisper, by Liam’s Map, broke her maiden Aug. 25 at Saratoga by a widening 6 1/4 lengths and is back on the work tab, likely toward a stakes assignment.

Acting as a bloodstock agent, trainer Anthony Stroud signed the ticket after doing the same for Monday’s sales-topping $2.5 million colt, a half-sibling of 2016 Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist also purchased by Godolphin.

Taylor said a seven-figure sale was possible, “but we didn’t expect it.”

“Very pleased,” Stroud said, adding that Wicked Whisper’s late update to the catalog page helped. “I think, too, a nice filly, a nice easy mover and good pedigree coming from a good farm. She checked the boxes.”


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