Poised in her demeanor and elegant in her presence, a bay filly by Medaglia d’Oro became the first offering to hit the seven-figure mark during the opening session of the 12-day Keeneland September yearling sale Monday, selling to the Niarchos family for $1.5 million early on.
Consigned by Gainesway, the filly is out of the A.P. Indy mare Flying Passage, dam of graded stakes winners Hungry Island and Soaring Empire. Just before the Medaglia d’Oro filly sold, a dark bay colt out of Flying Dixie, who herself is also out of Flying Passage, sold to Nat Rea’s Regis Farms for $700,000.
“A lovely filly from a superb family,” said Alan Cooper, who purchased the filly on behalf of the Niarchos clan. “She’ll be a good addition to the broodmare band in due course hopefully. She was just beautiful, the way she showed herself.
“You never know (price wise) what they’re going to bring, but from a blue hen family, you have to pay for them.”
Cooper added that the filly would be bound for Europe.
Flying Passage comes from a top female line, out of Grade I winner Chic Shirine who is a full sister to champion Queena. Chic Shirine was also the dam of graded stakes winners Tara Roma and Waldoboro.
“The filly was very special and she carries great residual value,” said Michael Hernon of Gainesway. “She showed great poise and she’s very elegant, light on her feet. You know quality rises to the top and she’s a very good prospect coming out of that deep family.
“We anticipated a good number for her so we’re very pleased.”