Sale topper

Mrs. Louisa Lenehan who owns Stollen with us had the sale topper at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Fall yearling sale yesterday.  Congratulations to her.  This is from today’s Thoroughbred Times written by Joe Neville.

The second session was topped by a $260,000 Arch filly, purchased by Steve Young, agent. The drop of the hammer set the new overall high-price benchmark through the sale’s first two days.

Out of winning Royal Academy mare Royal Sanction, the filly is a half sister to German stakes winner Ronja, her dam’s only foal to race. The session topper’s second dam, Northern Sanction, by Affirmed, produced six winners, including Grade 2 winner Regal Sanction and Grade 3 winner Nonies Dancer Ali.

“I’m fairly partial to Arch broodmares and fillies,” Young said. “They’re good on the racetrack and they’re good after they go home. I just thought she was the nicest filly in the sale. “

The Kentucky-bred filly was consigned by James Herbener Jr. for Virginia-based breeder Lochlow Farm. Herbener also was the leading consignor by average price on day two, with two yearlings sold for an average price of $145,000.

“She was very well received,” Herbener said. “She had about nine scopes, so that always makes you feel good.”

Louisa Lenehan, owner of Lochlow Farm, said the filly originally was scheduled for the Keeneland September yearling sale, but a loading incident forced her to be withdrawn at the last minute.

“When she was loading to leave the farm in Virginia, she slipped and hit the back of her ankle, so she went back the stall for four weeks with stitches,” she said. “That’s how she ended up here. It worked out for the best.”{jcomments on}

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