A filly by Sadler's Wells out of Brigid x Irish River went for 2.5m guineas (about $5.25m) at Goffs yearling today. She's a full sister to top 2yo filly, Listen and also former Moyglare G1 winner, Seqouyah, who has gone on to be the dam of a couple of group winners.
Still, that's a chunk of change for a year old filly!
That's a terrible thing to do to a horse, putting a price tag over its head like that. Good luck ever getting to be a horse, little girl. What are the chances he'll even make that back from a filly?
Better than most.
She's a full sister to two G1 winners, one of whom has gone on to foal group winners, including Coolmore's top prospect for next year's classics.
The dam's full sister, Or Vision, besides being a useful runner, was the dam of multiple G1 winners.
Then there's her Dad, who besides being the world's greatest living sire, is also the leading broodmare sire.
Worth $5.5m? Maybe not, but one could make a case.
Not sure what claimers have to with it all, as this filly will never see a claiming race in her life. Even if she never steps foot on a racecourse, she has a life of luxury on a nice stud farm in England or Ireland to look forward to.
[QUOTE=Barnfairy;2736881]That's a terrible thing to do to a horse, putting a price tag over its head like that. Good luck ever getting to be a horse, little girl. What are the chances he'll even make that back from a filly?
Actually... she's from a wonderful family and has a tremendous amount of residual broodmare value. So, even if she never starts, she has a lot of value - which likely would not be the case if she were a colt. Plus, once she's done racing she's going to be turned out to be a horse with the rest of the broodmares, so that's not too bad.
While a tad jealous and sort of stunned that someone paid that much for a yearling (I have one in the front paddock that I would sell for a teeny tiny fraction of this price and he does neat tricks with a Jolly Ball), I am pleased for her connections - they must be thrilled.
I think she looks GORGEOUS in her pic in the first link, the second one is bad, and def not the same photo. And what is with the "terrible thing to do to a horse". Most racehorses do not live like "horses" whether they were $2500 or $5+million. As others have said, she will be pampered, and become a broodie in the end if all goes as planned. Could definitely be worse.
Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved. - William Jennings Bryan
In the video she looks lovely.
She also looks a good bit slimmer than the fatties we seem to see at U.S. sales. Does anyone know if this is just her, or is she typical of how they usually look over there?
Drumbiggle, my comment about claimers was in reference to the industry as a whole, not directed at this filly obviously.
Perhaps this filly will lead a charmed life, but please don't try to tell me that there haven't been horses who fell through the cracks and ended up at the knackers despite having been purchased in their relative infancy for nosebleed prices.
Anyone who knows me knows that I actually like the sport of horseracing, I understand why they are kept like hot house flowers (here) even though I think it stinks, and that I continue to do my part to ensure that *some* of the low-enders get to see normal lives. I wish I could do more. If more people understood that retirement IS part of horseracing maybe the state of things would be better. But I'm getting off track here.
Basically I'm just saying that I think this entire industry is whacked, particularly the breeding (for the purpose of sales) aspect of it. I do see that her *potential* offspring could *potentially* bring in more millions based on their *potential*. Putting that kind of a value on a living thing that could, forgive my bluntness, break its leg at turnout and die tomorrow is absolutely whacked. If I'm the only one who feels this way, so be it. *shrug*
Last edited by Barnfairy; Oct. 13, 2007 at 08:39 PM.