Millions of dollars were bid on dozens of blue-blooded broodmares and racing prospects at The November Sale at Fasig-Tipton’s Newtown Paddocks in Lexington on November 7.
Two Grade 1 winning racing or broodmare prospects, NEST and GOODNIGHT OLIVE, each sold for $6 million as the prestigious sale realized gross sales of $100 million for the third straight year.
For Canadians, all eyes were on Horse of the Year MOIRA, who arrived in Lexington for the sale following her superb third-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Santa Anita on November 4. X-Men Racing, under Donato Lanni, Madaket Stables and SF Bloodstock entered the four-year-old daughter of Ghostzapper who was sold as a racing or broodmare prospect.
The bidding on the leggy bay filly was steady and strong and went up by increments of $100,000 after it went past the $2 million mark.
The final bid was $3 million and the listed buyer on the sale sheets was DM Racing Ventures. However, according to one of X-Men Racing’s partners, David Anderson, Moira will continue racing with her original owners.
“We want to continue to race her and try and win a Grade 1,” said Anderson.
Indeed, it seems as if Moira has some great racing performances still to come with just 13 career races. She won the Grade 2 Canadian Stakes earlier this season at Woodbine and has a record of 5-4-2 with earnings of $1.4 million, was third in the Grade 1 E.P. Taylor prior to her Breeders’ Cup run.
Moira, who is trained by Kevin Attard, was just one length behind Inspiral and Warm Heart at Santa Anita and earned a career best 103 Beyer Speed Figure.
Anderson sold an Ontario-bred weanling early in the Fasig Tipton Sale for $500,000 to Shadwell. Bred in partnership with Narola, the chestnut filly by Munnings is the first foal from the graded stakes-winning mare Summer in Saratoga, by Hard Spun. The weanling is a descendant of Anderson’s father Bob’s Broodmare of the Year, Rare Opportunity. The weanling was sold through St. George Sales, agent.
Also at The November Sale, Ontario-bred MUNNYFOR RO, who won the Woodbine Oaks in 2021 for Raroma Stable and was trained by Kevin Attard, sold for $900,000 in foal to Curlin to Alpha Delta Stables.