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Update: April 29, 2022 at 9:59 p.m
Offer as last hip at Keeneland Friday, April Horse Sale for Racing Age in Lexington, a share (2.5% fractional interest) in Airdrie Stud’s Start up (Flatter–Party Silks, by Touch Gold) was discounted $450,000 to Mike Freeny, who runs Dunquin Ranch in nearby Paris, Kentucky, with his wife.
A Rank II winner and placing no less than six times in a Class I company with a gap of eight to nine rewards, Start up has been represented by three graded level winners, with two representatives from his second crop set to make a prominent appearance at Churchill Downs next weekend. Jeff Drown’s Zandon presented the warhorse with his first Class I winner overtaking a hugely impressive Toyota Blue Grass S winner. April 9 and continued training towards GI Kentucky Derby next Saturday. 3-year-old daughter Kathleen O.
“I was expecting to pay that much for it, but that was my limit,” says Freeny. “He has some good horses on the Derby trail and the Oaks trail. He is a good producer and his horses are running and we are certainly happy to share. “
Airdrie’s Bret Jones said the decision was made to offer shares in an offensive attempt while the iron was hot.
“We think the stock has a very, very good selling opportunity,” he said. “In time. The stallion certainly seems right. When you have a public auction, people compete and I just met our partner, Mr. Freeny, for the first time and I couldn’t be happier about it. We are delighted to have him involved. We have a lot to start for next weekend and I love our chance with Start up Have another great weekend a week from now. “
The Start up The stock was the second most expensive offering at the sale. Taylor Made-sales consigned hip 23recent winner Carousel S. Acting Out (Reprimand), earning $600,000 from Will and Sarah Farish. A full report will appear on Sunday TDN.
–Additional reporting by Sue Finley