Hours after her half sister Keertana sold for an even $1 million, graded stakes winner Snow Top Mountain acquitted herself nearly as well when she was purchased by Virginia-based Audley Farm for $950,000 during the second session of the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages sale.
Snow Top Mountain is the third highest price of the day, behind Keertana and a Street Sense yearling filly that went for $1.45 million, and is the fourth highest price of the sale thus far. Grade I winner Nereid sold for $1.3 million during Monday’s opening session.
Consigned by Four Star Sales, Snow Top Mountain was bred and campaigned by the late Barbara Hunter, who passed away in November. The six-year-old daughter of Najran is out of the Storm Cat mare Motokiks and is in foal to champion Blame.
“She is a very nice mare, great racing performance, that is really what you want,” said Dr. Jens von Lepel of Audley Farm, breeders of Grade I winner Bodemeister. “We bid on some others, we had no chance. So this was our last chance today. It’s very hard to find really good quality mares and you have a lot of competition. Everyone is looking for quality.”