The parade of seven-figure action continued during the opening session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock sale with Katsumi Yoshida’s Japan-based Northern Farm going to $2.1 million to secure multiple Grade I winner Zazu.
Owned and campaigned by Jerry and Ann Moss, Zazu won the Grade I Lady’s Secret and Las Virgenes Stakes in 2011. The 4-year-old daughter of Tapit is out of the Mr. Greeley mare Rhumb Line and is a half sister to Group II placed Art Princess.
“She’s a tough one to see go because she’s such a great broodmare prospect,” said Bill Farish of Lane’s End, which consigned Zazu on behalf of the Mosses. “When you’ve got (2010 Horse of the Year) Zenytta back at home, it’s a little easier to part with Zazu. Still it’s tough to see her go and they really hated to part with her.”
Northern Farm also purchased Art Princess for $400,000 at the 2012 Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale.
“Zazu was a very nice racehorse, and we looked at her the first time here and decided we wanted her,” said Shunsuke Yoshida, who bought for his father’s Northern Farm and added the filly would indeed be sent to Japan.