Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services

Summer Wind Pays $1.8 Million For Frankel's Grade II Winner Skims at Keeneland November

Andrew Rosen's Skims (GB) (Frankel {GB}) became the first to achieve a seven-figure pricetag as Book 1 of the Keeneland November hit its midpoint Wednesday afternoon in Lexington, hammering to Summer Wind Equine's Jane Lyon for $1.8 million. Consigned to the sale as hip 125 by Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services, agent, the 4-year-old raced as a homebred for Rosen and was conditioned by Shug McGaughey to four wins from her 14 career starts, highlighted by a victory in the GII Sands Point S. as a 3-year-old in 2022. A Belmont allowance...

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Forte's Dam Fetches $3M from John Stewart

Only moments after going to $3 million for GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf winner Pizza Bianca (Fastnet Rock) at Tuesday's Fasig-Tipton November sale, John Stewart was back in action, picking up Queen Caroline (Blame--Queens Plaza, by Forestry) for another $3 million. The 10-year-old Queen Caroline is the dam of champion, GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner, 'TDN Rising Star', and recent Spendthrift retiree Forte (Violence). After not producing a live foal the past two years, Queen Caroline was bred to Horse of the Year Flightline Feb. 24 and is believed...

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No Mistaking this Man's 'Forte'

Two Grade I winners inside an hour last Saturday: both sold as November weanlings at Keeneland, both through the same consignment. But while their shared provenance at least guarantees that you'll want to drop by the Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services draft this time round, as well, it is not as though Forte (Violence) and War Like Goddess (English Channel) can otherwise elucidate the vagaries of our business. Because while one made respectable money, the other was more or less given away. War Like Goddess, swept up in the kind of cull...

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