A half brother to Grade I winner Contested became the third horse to reach the seven-figure mark thus far during the opening session of the Keeneland September yearling sale, going for $1.05 million to Jane Dunn on Monday.
Dunn, who operates Holly Hill Training Center in South Carolina, purchased the dark bay son of War Front on behalf of partnership that includes Adele Dilschneider.
“He was a lovely colt,” Dunn said. “If you want a nice horse, you have to get a little brave. So we’re happy.”
The colt was consigned by Claiborne Farm, who have campaigned numerous horses in partnership with Dilschneider including 2010 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner and current Claiborne stallion, Blame.
“We’re thrilled with the way the horse handled himself up here, he did everything and he’s a grand looking horse,” said Dell Hancock of Claiborne. “He’s a half to a filly that has just been so good this year and the best part is he’s going to a great home. I never think a horse is going to bring a million dollars but he got up here and he showed so well that I just felt like he could bring that. I never expect it but I thought it wasn’t out of the realm of possibility. Hopefully he’ll go on and do great things (for Adele) and come back to Claiborne as a stallion.”