Grade I winner Let Faith Arise became the first to crack the seven-figure barrier at Sunday night’s Fasig-Tipton November sale when she sold to owner/breeder Marie Jones for $2.1 million.
Consigned by Taylor Made Sales, Let Faith Arise was sold in foal to leading sire Tapit and is out of the El Corredor mare Babe Hall. Let Faith Arise captured the Grade I Santa Margarita Stakes and Grade III Adoration Stakes in 2014 and is by Kafwain.
“I loved her. I just loved her conformation and her pedigree is great,” said Marie Jones, who along with her late husband Aaron Jones bred such champions as Speightstown and Ashado. “You always want to keep up your stock and I like her and I wanted to add her to my broodmare band.”
Jones, who bid while seated alongside Frank Taylor of Taylor Made Sales, says she currently has about 12 broodmares in her boutique band.
“What you want is quality,” she said. “I’m very happy with her. You want the quality mares and quality runners. And if you want the quality you have to go out there and buy it. Plus what’s fun about this is my husband, Aaron, and I enjoyed this all so much.”
Jones said no decision has been made on who Let Faith Arise would be bred to in 2016 but that she does plan to sell the foal she is currently carrying.
“You buy the best, you breed the best and you hope to sell the best,” Jones smiled.