Grade I winner Harmonious brings $2.8 million at Keeneland

Picking up where the Fasig-Tipton November sale left off Monday evening, Grade I winner Harmonious became the first horse to break the seven-figure barrier during the opening session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock sale when she sold to Mandore International Agency on behalf of undisclosed client for $2.8 million on Tuesday.

A total of 15 horses reached or surpassed the seven-figure  mark at Fasig-Tipton, highlighted by the sale of 2011 Horse of the Year Havre de Grace for $10 million, as the overall gross was nearly double that of its 2011 figures. Showing they still had money left to spend, Mandore – which purchased Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf winner Zagora for $2.5 million at Fasig – outlasted the Wertheimer brothers to secure Harmonious.

“She’s by Dynaformer who is a top stallion and out of a Storm Cat mare,” said Benoit Jeffroy of Mandore.  “She’s a very attractive mare to have. The price is about where we thought. It was pretty expensive last night (at Fasig) so you can see the trade is good.”

Consigned by Lane’s End on behalf Pam, Martin and Emily Wygod, Harmonious won 2010 edition of the Grade I Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup as well as the Grade I American Oaks that same season. The 5-year-old daughter of Dynaformer is out of the Storm Cat mare Jade Tree and was offered as  broodmare prospect only.

Jeffroy added that no decision has been made as to whether Harmonious would remain in the states or head to Europe.