Pope buys Songbird for near-record price at Fasig-Tipton sale

Before Songbird walked into the sales ring Monday, an official presiding over the Fasig-Tipton November Sale auction reminded the audience, “You know what it’s like when a mare sells for a lot of money and everyone wants to be part of the excitement.”

The 4-year-old daughter of Medaglia d’Oro — an Eclipse Award champion at ages 2 and 3 — hammered for $9.5 million at the sale in Lexington, Ky., officially marking the start of her next career as a broodmare.

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She went to Mandy Pope’s Whisper Hill Farm for what was close to a record for a North American broodmare prospect. Hill also purchased that one, Havre de Grace, for $10 million.

In the middle of the bidding, the auctioneer made sure to slow for a moment, saying, it’s a lot of money, “but that’s a lot of mare.”

Songbird won 13 of her 15 career starts and last raced Aug. 26. In Saratoga’s Personal Ensign won by Forever Unbridled, who went on to take the Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Del Mar.

Owner Rick Porter campaigned both Havre de Grace and Songbird but does not run a breeding operation.

Other highlights from Monday:

 A daughter of Scat Daddy, Nickname, who won a Grade 1 race at age 2, went for $3 million.

 Canadian champion Catch a Glimpse, at one point in her career a winner of eight straight races, also fetched $3 million.

 Miss Temple City, who won a trio of Grade 1 races in 2016, sold for $2.5 million.

 American Cleopatra, full sister to American Pharoah, hammered for $1.9 million, but the final bid didn't meet the reserve price. She's in foal to Uncle Mo.

 Land Over Sea, in foal to Nyquist, commanded $1.3 million.

 

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