Half sister to leading sire Speightstown sells for $1.75 million at Keeneland September

A bay Tiznow filly out of the top producing broodmare Silken Cat became the new sale topper early on in the third session of the Keeneland September yearling sale Wednesday when she sold to Torrealba Holdings for $1.75 million.

The final bid bettered the previous high of $1.5 million the Niarchos family paid for a Medaglia d’Oro filly during Monday’s session.

Consigned by Taylor Made Sales on behalf of Aaron and Marie Jones, the Tiznow filly is a half sister to champion sprinter Speightstown, who stands at WinStar Farm and currently sits atop the general sire list. The Borges Torrealba family joined forces with Robert Clay’s Three Chimneys Farm last November and Goncalo Torrealba, who signed the ticket for the filly, said he expects the two operations to race her in partnership.

“She comes from a stallion pedigree family and that’s what we’re trying to build at Three Chimneys and Borges Torrealba,” Goncalo Torrealba said. “We’re looking forward to having her at Three Chimneys after her racing career.”

Torrealba won a protracted battle that included the likes of bloodstock agent Jason Litt to secure the filly, saying that the strength of the market prompted him to pay above what was expected.

“You always wish to buy them for less,” he said. “We overpaid based on our valuation but we really liked her. I think it’s very strong at the top, it certainly looks strong. There is very little at the low end still.”

Duncan Taylor of Taylor Made Sales said the Tiznow filly indeed exceeded their expectations, but that the premium for well pedigreed fillies with physicals to match is lending itself to spirited bidding.

“We knew she was a great filly but we didn’t realize she would bring that much money,” Taylor said. “Getting to $1.5 million looked like it was life and death so¬† for one to bring $1.75 million…but she’s so gorgeous and with such a good family, foals out of her will bring a ton. And if she runs like she looks, it could be one of those blue hens.

“I think that’s the market for that kind of horse,” Taylor continued. “One of those that looks the part and has the breeding to go with it. If you have a good horse they’re willing to pay.”