Adding to their total of high-priced purchases, France-based Mandore International Agency went to $1.25 million to land Grade I winner Negligee during the opening session of the Keeneland November sale on Tuesday.
Having purchased fellow Grade I winner Harmonious for $2.8 million earlier in the session, Mandore continued to shop hard on behalf of its undisclosed client. Consigned by Hunter Valley Farm, Negligee won the Grade I Darley Alcibiades at Keeneland in 2009 and is out of the Relaunch mare Naughty Notions.
By Northern Afleet, Negligee was sold in foal to leading sire Distorted Humor.
“Physically she’s a very good looking mare,” said Benoit Jeffroy of Mandore. “We’re looking for a bit of everything. We’re looking for good looking mares with a bit of a page by a good sire or if they have good performances.”
Mandore also purchased newly-minted Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf winner Zagora for $2.5 million at Monday’s Fasig-Tipton November sale as well as Grade I winner Eden’s Moon for $1.525 million.
“I mean it’s a strong market, they’re making good money,” Jeffroy said. “It’s really hard to buy. The good quality mares make plenty of money. This was a good price.”