Lane’s End Sales will consign the Eclipse Champion and six-time Grade I winner Stellar Wind (Curlin) to the 2017 Keeneland November Sale, it was announced Monday afternoon. Owned by Hronis Racing and trained by John Sadler, the chestnut is unbeaten in three starts in 2017, all in Grade I company. To date, Stellar Wind has compiled a record of 10-2-1 from 15 starts with earnings of $2,233,200.
“Stellar Wind is without a doubt one of the classiest horses I’ve ever been around, and is everything you could want in a racehorse and a broodmare prospect,” said Sadler. “She has a high cruising speed, is sound, and has an incredible will to win. That was on display last year when she beat [four-time champion] Beholder (Henny Hughes) on the square not once but twice, in the GI Clement L. Hirsch S. and the GI Zenyatta S.”
Kosta Hronis added, “It’s been an absolute privilege to campaign a mare of Stellar Wind’s caliber. Stellar Wind has brought me and my family many thrills, and with the GI Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Del Mar this year, we’re hoping there might be a few more.”
The 5-year-old is the leading money-winning female by Curlin. A daughter of the Malibu Moon mare Evening Star, she hails from the immediate family of this year’s GI Met Mile winner Mor Spirit and Grade I-winning juvenile Great Hunter.
“We are honored to have the opportunity to sell a true superstar of the sport,” said Keeneland Vice-President of Racing and Sales Bob Elliston. “Our thanks to the Hronis Family and Lane’s End who recognize Keeneland November as the most important breeding stock sale in world. It’s where a world-class mare belongs.”
Stellar Wind has won three times at the Grade I level in 2017, tallying in Oaklawn’s Apr. 14 Apple Blossom H. before returning to Southern California to annex the June 3 Beholder Mile S. and July 30 Clement Hirsch S.
“We have the opportunity to bring some terrific mares to Keeneland November, and Stellar Wind is certainly at the top,” said Lane’s End’s Will Farish. “She’s been a Grade I winner at three, four and five, winning six Grade I races in total against some of the best filly and mare competition of recent times. With her pedigree, she’ll hold tremendous appeal to both domestic and international buyers. Steller Wind is one the finest broodmare prospects to come to market in recent times”