It’s no surprise that Hip 311 brings the hammer down at $1.8 million to top Book 1’s second session on September 13 at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale. Captured by Lynnhaven Racing’s Dana Bernhard, Taylor Made Sales-consigned Structure colt whose blood screams talent.
Bred by the China Horse Club of Kentucky, the foal did not reach 1st place Empire Maker mare Last full measurement who found themselves in the winner’s circle at Keeneland after Madison Stakes in 2013 (G1).
The pony shares his dam with a level 1 winner Validity who won the 2020 Juddmonte Spinster Stakes (G1) and was runner-up in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) later that year.
“It’s very special,” said Michael Smith, area manager of the China Horse Club. “It’s very difficult to breed a horse like a stallion like that, with such looks and temperament. I hope he’s a champion for his relationships.”
(LR): Elliott Walden, Teo Ah Khing and David Hanley
The pony’s second batsman, Lazy Slusan, is also an impressive runner earning over $1,000,000 during his five-year career, including wins at the Santa Margarita Handicap (G1) and Milady Breeders’ Cup Handicap (G1), both in 2001.
“(The price) was amazing; it was amazing… He had so much quality and presence,” Smith said. “He’s closely related to Valiance. WinStar booked him. We thought he was an achievable horse (a big price tag) but he exceeded our expectations. .”
Lynnhaven’s agent Matt Weinmann said that in addition to the foal’s pedigree, horse analysis was an integral part of his selection process.
“Basically, what draws us to any horse is its physiology. We measure physiology using data and statistics. That’s what attracts us. Go to any horse. These horses have the best chance of success and that’s what we’re aiming for.”
Weinmann said he believes the individuals that make up his team will give him a stronger chance to buy a car that is most loved.
“All you can do is surround yourself with the best team and the best people possible, my team at horse analysis, Dr Lambert and I have put together what we think is a group of the best. We have the best information we can get and you get the best shot. It gives you the confidence to do a big swing like this.”
Mark Taylor, chief executive officer of Taylor Made, said the carriage was special from the start.
“We saw this pony at WinStar Farm a few times before selling it,” Taylor said.
“The blood is there and this one looks like a Derby. Walks a lot, walks big, has a lot of substance and is very strong. We are so lucky to have him, and congratulations to the China Horse Club. bred a beautiful horse. I think the Constitution is a stallion on the rise, he’s on his way to the top. the horse is beautiful.”
Bernhard’s only other purchase on Tuesday was the Hip 320, a $450,000 Constitution puppy consigned by Stone Farm to breeder Bobby Flay.