Stonestreet goes to $800,000 for graded stakes winner Potesta

Potesta, who remarkably recovered from a condylar fracture to her left front leg that occurred during a workout Sept. 14, will begin her next career as a broodmare with Barbara Banke’s Stonestreet Farm after being purchased for $800,000 midway through Monday’s opening session of the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages sale.

The $800,000 price is the second highest of the session so far behind Grade I winner Nereid who sold earlier for $1.3 million.

Agent John Moynihan signed the ticket on behalf of Stonestreet to secure the four-year-old daughter of Macho Uno. Potesta won the Grade II Hollywood Oaks in June and the Torrey Pines Stakes at Del Mar in September before suffering her life injury.

“If she had been in the Ladies’ Classic she would have been a force to be reckoned with,” Moynihan said of Potesta. “The numbers she ran, the way she ran she was rocket fast. And she could carry it two turns. (The price) was a lot but those kind don’t come around too often.”

Consigned by Three Chimneys Sales, Potesta is out of the Furiously mare Katzen. Moynihan said no decisions have been made as to who the dark bay mare would be bred to this year.

Right after Potesta left the ring, Jane Lyon of Summer Wind Farm went to $725,000 to snag Sunland Oaks winner Princess Arabella. Consigned by Taylor Made Sales, the 4-year-old daughter of Any Given Saturday is a half sister to stakes winner Dyna’s Lassie and sold in foal to leading sire Tapit.

“I was at my limit (with the price),” Lyon said. “She’s a beautiful stakes mare that had tons of talent. She’s young and she’s in foal to the right stallion. We might want to take a close look at this baby and then make our minds up (as to who she’ll be bred to). We’ll have to see who is available that fits our program.”