Impressive Maiden Winner Flashy Gray Brings $775,000 on Tuesday at Keeneland
LEXINGTON, KY (Nov. 13, 2012) – Flashy Gray, a two-year-old filly by Flashy Bull who broke her maiden by 10¼ lengths at Churchill Downs on November 8, sold for $775,000 to West Point Thoroughbreds and Tom Keithley, contributing to double-digit gains across the board during Tuesday’s session of the November Breeding Stock Sale.
Flashy Gray has recorded two starts, finishing second by a head in her career debut at Keeneland on October 5, followed by her impressive maiden score at Churchill Downs.
“It definitely caught our eye when she won by a pole last week,” said Erin Finley, director of communications for West Point Thoroughbreds and daughter of the partnership’s founder and president, Terry Finley. “We thought about it over the weekend, and came out to see her. Physically, she’s very correct. She’s a big, beautiful filly. She’s got good bone on her. She ran so well here at Keeneland, and then won at Churchill, so it kind of showed she’s versatile on both surfaces.”
Flashy Gray is from the second crop of Flashy Bull, the first Grade 1 stakes winner campaigned by West Point Thoroughbreds. Finley said Flashy Gray will be trained by Bill Mott and possibly pointed for the Golden Rod (G2) on November 24 at Churchill Downs.
Out of the Cat’s Career mare Pleasure Cat, Flashy Gray is from the family of graded stakes winners Sabatini, Silver Wizard and Ammy Hils. She was consigned as a racing or broodmare prospect by Gainesway, as agent for the Dolphus C. Morrison Dispersal. Morrison purchased Flashy Gray as a yearling for $45,000 at the 2011 Keeneland September Yearling Sale.
“She’s the best racehorse I’ve owned,” said Morrison, breeder of 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra, who he sold privately to Stonestreet Farm following her win in the 2009 Kentucky Oaks (G1). “She exceeded Rachel Alexandra’s training times. She’s extremely fast; she’s sound; and she’s got a tremendous, strong rear end. That was a great buy by Terry Finley. She went to a good home.”
Flashy Gray was the top-priced horse sold by Morrison, whose dispersal of 20 horses grossed $2,208,500.
“I’ve had 35 years of great success and fun, and made a lot of money in the horse business,” Morrison said. “This filly, I would have liked to have gone on and raced her. But it was time for me to sell my horses.”
Keeneland sold 279 horses on Tuesday for $7,017,200, an increase of 36.62 percent from last year when 276 horses brought $5,136,400. Average price rose 35.15 percent from $18,610 to $25,151, while the median price of $17,000 was up 13.33 percent over $15,000 in 2011.
Through eight sessions, 1,752 horses have been sold for $137,188,800, for an average of $78,304 and a median of $35,000. For the comparable period in 2011, 1,904 horses were sold for $201,192,900, for an average of $105,669 and a median of $36,500.
Cumulative totals through session eight from 2011 include two premier dispersals – the record dispersal of the estate of Edward P. Evans’ Spring Hill Farm, which sold 162 horses for $55,393,000, and the dispersal of Saud bin Khaled’s Palides Investments N.V., Inc., which sold 20 horses sold for $16,813,000.
When dispersals are excluded from the 2011 cumulative numbers, 1,752 horses have been sold for $137,188,800, an increase of 6.36 percent from 2011 when 1,722 horses brought $128,986,900. Average price of $78,304 rose 4.54 percent from $74,905 last year, while the median of $35,000 was up 9.38 percent from $32,000.
Two three-year-old colts consigned by WinStar Racing, agent, Dramedy and Pinball, finished 1-2, separated by only a head in a maiden special weight at Aqueduct on November 10. When they met in the sales ring, they dead-heated at $185,000 each, the day’s second-highest price.
Moore Racing LLC and CTR Stables LLC signed the ticket for Dramedy, a colt by Distorted Humor out of the A.P. Indy mare She’s a Winner. Consigned as a racing or stallion prospect, Dramedy is a half-brother to Grade 1 winner and sire Bluegrass Cat and graded stakes winner Lord of the Game.
Michael Dubb/Jane Buchanon, agent, purchased Pinball, a son of Unbridled’s Song out of the stakes-winning mare Pinata, by Vision and Verse. He too was consigned as a racing or stallion prospect.