LEXINGTON, Ky.--Spendthrift Farm had a huge weekend as the farm bought both Monomoy Girl for $9.5 million and Bast for $4.2 million among the four seven-figure mares it purchased, as well as announcing that Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Authentic has retired to stand at stud at Spendthrift.
The weekend also proved a boon to racing fans as both Monomoy Girl and Got Stormy, bought at the Fasig-Tipton Sale, and Tiz the Law, the Belmont and Travers Stakes winner, will return to racing in 2021.
Tiz the Law finished sixth in the Breeder's Cup Classic after being trapped inside on the rail until the stretch and is trained by former steeplechase jockey Barclay Tagg.
The Fasig-Tipton sale on Nov. 8 at Newtown Paddocks in Lexington featured a selection of leading racing and/or broodmare prospects, broodmares and weanlings.
The sale posted its second highest gross of all time, led by five fillies and mares sold for $4,000,000 or more, and set a world record for a racing/broodmare prospect sold at public auction.
Two-time G1 Breeders' Cup Distaff winner Monomoy Girl topped the sale when sold for $9,500,000 to Spendthrift Farm from the consignment of ELiTE, agent.
The price set a world record for racing/broodmare prospect sold at public auction and tied for the third highest price ever realized at The November Sale, set in 2017 by Songbird.
MONOMOY GIRL, a 5-year-old daughter of Tapizar, is a seven-time G1 winner whose top scores include two wins in the Breeders' Cup Distaff and a victory in the G1 Kentucky Oaks.
Monomoy Girl has won 13 of 15 starts to date, and her $4,426,818 in earnings rank her sixth on the list of North American dirt-based female earners of all time.
Monomoy Girl was campaigned by owners Michael Dubb, Monomoy Stables, The Elkstone Group (Stuart Grant), and Bethlehem Stables and trainer Brad Cox.
Monomoy Girl by Tapizar will stay in training and return to trainer Brad Cox as a 6-year-old in 2021, Spendthrift general manager Ned Toffey said.
Toffey also said that the same would be true for Got Stormy by Get Stormy, who the farm bought for $2.75 million earlier in the evening and will return to conditioner Mark Casse to race as a 6-year-old.
Rushing Fall, winner of the 2017 G1 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf was the night's top selling broodmare prospect, earning a final bid of $5,500,000 from Jamie McCalmont, agent for M.V. Magnier.
Offered as Hip 205 by Indian Creek, agent, Rushing Fall was a G1 winner every year from ages 2 through 5, a feat matched only by future Hall of Famers Lady Eli and Beholder.
The daughter of More Than Ready won 11 of 15 career starts and earned $2,893,000 while being campaigned by owner Five Racing Thoroughbreds and trainer Chad Brown.
Last year's Eclipse Champion Older Dirt Female Midnight Bisou rounded out the top three sellers when sold as a broodmare prospect to Chuck Allen for $5,000,000.
Offered as Hip 185 by ELiTE, agent, Midnight Bisou won or placed in all of her 22 career starts, with 13 wins – all graded stakes – and earnings of $7,471,000.
She retired this year after 13 wins, all in graded stakes, from 22 outings, never finishing out of the money, and she is the highest-earning U.S. dirt mare in history with $7,516,520 in the bank after being campaigned by owners Bloom Racing, Madaket Stables, and Allen Racing and trainer Steve Asmussen.
Chuck Allen, partner on the mare during her racing career, bought out the other partners.
The sale's top broodmare was multiple G1 winner Bast, purchased for $4,200,000 by Spendthrift Farm from the consignment of Hill 'n' Dale Sales Agency, agent.
Offered as Hip 245, Bast is carrying her first foal by 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify.
On the track, Bast held the distinction of being the only 2-year-old of either sex to win three G1 stakes in 2019 while being campaigned by owner Baoma Corporation and trainer Bob Baffert.
Bast started her 3-year-old campaign with a win in the GII Santa Ynez Stakes before heading to the sidelines.
Her dam sold for $1.9 million at the same auction a year ago.
KENTUCKY DERBY and Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Authentic, by Into MIschief out of Flawless, by Mr. Greeley, has been retired to Spendthrift Farm, where he will stand for a fee of $75,000 S&N, the farm announced Monday morning, two days after his Classic win.
He arrived at Spendthrift at around 10 a.m. Monday, led off the van by his trainer Bob Baffert, who said, “There he is. The best horse in America.”
“Authentic is a once-in-a-lifetime kind of horse, and Mr. Hughes is very proud that we are able to share him with 5,300-plus MyRacehorse owners through what has been an incredible run,” said Ned Toffey, General Manager of Spendthrift. “That alone made this decision different and very difficult. Ultimately, we just felt there wasn’t a lot more to accomplish for a Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup Classic winner, so we have made the decision to retire Authentic to stand alongside his champion sire Into Mischief. We believe in the sire line and feel Authentic is a big part of its future. It is very rare that you come across a 3-year-old as well-bred, talented and accomplished as Authentic. We cannot wait to see his contributions to the breed, and we’re thrilled to continue his journey with all of the 5,300 MyRacehorse owners from the racetrack to the breeding shed.”
In other sales news, White Birch Farm went to $4,100,000 to buy last year's Eclipse Champion Turf Female Uni (GB), consigned as a racing and/or broodmare prospect by ELiTE, agent.
A three-time G1 winner, Uni's most notable wins came in last year's G1 Breeders' Cup Mile, where she defeated males, and in a course record-setting performance in the 2019 G1 First Lady S.
Among the selected weanlings showcased, a colt from the first crop of G1 Breeders' Cup Mile winner City of Light lwas sold for $600,000 to OXO Equine.
Offered as Hip 129 by Hunter Valley, agent, the colt is out of the winning Into Mischief mare Breaking Beauty, from the family of European champion Bakharoff and was bred in Kentucky by Camas Park Stud.
A pair of weanlings sold for $400,000 on either end of the session.
The first through the ring was Hip 30, a filly from the first crop of Justify purchased by Breeze Easy LLC from the consignment of Four Star Sales, agent.
The filly was bred in Kentucky by Magnolia Bloodstock & Lynches Bages LTD.
The third-to-last through the ring was Hip 286, a colt by soon-to-be two-time Leading Sire Into Mischief, purchased by Jess Amorella, agent from the consignment of Bluewater Sales, agent.
The colt was bred in Kentucky by Southern Equine Stables.
Overall, 142 horses changed hands for a total of $80,237,000, an 18 percent increase in gross from 2019 and the second highest gross all-time for The November Sale.
The average rose 6 percent to $565,049, with a median of $200,000 while 22 fillies and mares sold for $1 million or more.