Champion Havre de Grace is going to have an equally beautiful barn mate.
Less than 24 hours after purchasing 2011 Horse of the Year Havre de Grace for $10 million at the Fasig-Tipton November sale, Mandy Pope landed another gorgeous addition to her Whisper Hill Farm broodmare band when she purchased 2011 Kentucky Oaks winner Plum Pretty for $4.2 million during Tuesday’s opening session of the Keeneland November Breeding Stock sale.
Like Havre de Grace, Plum Pretty was consigned by Taylor Made Sales and won Pope over with her demeanor and refined looks. The 4-year-old Medaglia d’Oro filly saw the bidding hit $1 million seconds after she entered the ring and the numbers climbed up in $100,000 increments after it reached the $3 million mark.
“We are trying obviously to upgrade our broodmare band and making some big adjustments in the quality we have,” Pope said. “She’s going to be right there with Havre de Grace. They’ll be graceful and pretty. Another fantastic race mare, another kind mare. She and Havre de Grace will go to Timber Town (Cathy and Wayne Sweezey)…and I just may move into the stall between the two of them.”
Out of the A.P. Indy mare Liszy, Plum Pretty was campaigned by John Fort’s Peachtree Stable. The bay filly won the Grade I Apple Blossom to begin her 2012 season and retires with five wins from 12 starts and $1,688,746 in earnings under the guidance of trainer Bob Baffert.
“We’ve got two grand race mares,” Pope said. “She (Plum Pretty) was very well balanced. She has a lot of size to her and I also liked her dam, who was also pretty and had good size. Hopefully that will transform into the next generation of babies there.”
Pope said plans are to breed Plum Pretty and Havre de Grace for commercial purposes.
“Hopefully we’ll get some nice colts on the ground, get them sold and then have a filly to keep,” said Pope.