The overall sales-topping price of $2.4 million was achieved late during Tuesday’s second session of the Keeneland September sale when a War Front colt out of Streaming (Smart Strike) whose third dam is the blue-hen Better Than Honour (Deputy Minister) was hammered down to Coolmore. Wednesday’s third session of Book 1 was off to a strong start, with a $725,000 Candy Ride (Arg) the first horse through the ring, and the session’s first seven-figure transaction came when China Horse Club and Maverick Racing teamed to purchase hip 509, another son of War Front and this out of a daughter of Better Than Honour, for $1.1 million. The April-foaled bay was consigned to the sale by Lane’s End on behalf of Don Adam’s Courtlandt Farm and is the first foal for his dam, a half-sister to champion Rags to Riches (A.P. Indy), Breeders’ Cup Marathon winner Man of Iron (Giant’s Causeway), fellow GI Belmont S. winner Jazil (Seeking the Gold) and GSW & G1SP Casino Drive (Mineshaft). Tiffany’s Honour was RNA’d for $2.3 million in foal to Tapit at the 2015 Fasig-Tipton November sale.
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