A handsome dark bay colt by Pioneerof the Nile out of Grade I producer Golden Artemis (Malibu Moon) was hammered down to Larry Best’s OXO Equine LLC for $1.2 million, becoming the second horse to breach the seven-figure barrier on the first of two days of trade at the OBS March Sale in Central Florida.
The Apr. 30 foal, bred in Kentucky by Dattt Farm and cataloged as hip 194, was offered at last year’s Keeneland September sale and was originally led out unsold on a bid of $190,000, but was sold post-RNA for $175,000 to Sonny Stokes. He was consigned to the Tuesday’s session by Hoby and Layna Kight.
Hip 194 is a son of Golden Artemis, twice stakes-placed at the races and the dam of My Conquestadory (Artie Schiller), winner of the grassy GII Summer S. against the boys before defeating her peers in the GI Darley Alcibiades S. The latter is also a stakes producer, as her son Bourbon War (Tapit) ran on strongly to complete the exacta in the GII Xpressbet Fountain of Youth S. at Gulfstream Park Mar. 2.