Pope lands Indian Charlie filly for $2.2 million at Keeneland September

A bay daughter of Indian Charlie out of Grade I winner and producer Take Charge Lady lived up to all her pre-sale billing during the third session of the Keeneland September yearling sale, selling to Mandy Pope’s Whisper Hill Farm for $2.2 million midway through the afternoon Wednesday.

The filly becomes the highest priced horse to sell thus far during the September sale, bettering the prior top price of $1.75 million Torrealba Holdings paid for a half sister to champion Speightstown earlier in the session.

Consigned by Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales, the bay filly was the buzz baby of the grounds. In addition to being from the final crop of Indian Charlie, who died in December 2011, her multiple Grade I winning dam has already thrown two Grade I-winning offspring in Take Charge Indy and this year’s Travers Stakes hero, Will Take Charge.

With the bidding opening at $200,000, Pope outlasted the likes of Spendthrift Farm owner B. Wayne Hughes to secure her latest high-profile purchase. Pope made headlines last fall when she purchased 2011 Horse of the Year Havre de Grace for $10 million at the Fasig-Tipton November sale and Kentucky Oaks winner Plum Pretty for $4.2 million at last year’s Keeneland November breeding stock sale.

“She’ll be a delight to have and something to go along with Havre de Grace and Plum Pretty after she becomes a famous racehorse,” Pope said of the Indian Charlie filly. “She’ll fit right in with those two. She’s absolutely beautiful, a stellar pedigree. We’re going to run her in the footsteps of her daddy and her mother and her brothers. She was gorgeous.”

In addition to consigning the Indian Charlie filly, Hill ‘n’ Dale also sold a son of Medaglia d’Oro that is a half brother to 2010 Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver for $1.7 million to Spendthrift Farm and Stonestreet Farm Wednesday.

“It’s a strong market with strong horses and people want the very best,” John Sikura of Hill ‘n’ Dale said after selling the Medaglia d’Oro colt. “If you offer the very best, people are going to pay for it. These are really the best pedigreed, high dollar horses spread out over four days.”

Pope said the Indian Charlie filly would head to her farm in Ocala, Florida to be broke after which she would then likely be sent to Goldmark Farm’s training center.

“We were expecting to pay right around $2 million for her,” Pope said. “To me she is the standout in the sale as far as the fillies go. She was my pick of the sale. We’re a little nervous, but happy. She’ll have the best of everything.”