Jaywalk's half-sister commands $2 million at Keeneland sale

September 11, 2019 03:11pm
Jaywalk's half-sister commands $2 million at Keeneland sale
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With an Empire Maker-sired half-sister of champion Jaywalk a May 26 foal, Brian Graves, Gainesway Farm’s director of public sales, says he’s seeing the filly getting better “every single day.”

“There were many agents we showed her to early in the year,” Graves said Wednesday at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. “They couldn’t hardly recognize her here.”

And that’s why a bidding war began for the latest foal out of the Orientate mare Lady Pewitt.

Agend Shawn Dugan signed on behalf of Al Shira’aa Stables for $2 million, which as of 3 p.m. ET topped the session.

“We’re speechless. We’re so happy,” Dugan said. “We really, really wanted her. She’s a top physical. She’s a half-sister to a champion. We’re delighted.”

Principals for Al Shira’aa weren’t present, but Dugan said she had them on the phone as the price ramped up, multiple parties remaining in late in the process.

“I think everybody should hesitate when a horse costs more than $100,000,” Dugan quipped. “I haven’t slept for four days.”

Dugan, the wife of trainer Neil Drysdale, said it’s undetermined both to whom this filly could go for training and in what part of the country. But she said it’s likely Jaywalk’s little sister remains in the U.S.

Jaywalk, who won multiple Grade 1 races at age 2, including the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, returned this year to take the Delaware Oaks (G3) and has Parx Racing’s Sept. 21 Cotillion (G1) next on her schedule.

 

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