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Roan Inish Brings $500,000 to Lead Day 2 of Keeneland January Sale

January 12, 2016

LEXINGTON, KY (Jan. 12, 2016) – Multiple stakes winner Roan Inish, a daughter of Elusive Quality in foal to Arch, sold for $500,000 to Evelyn Benoit's Star Guitar Inc. to lead Tuesday’s second session of the Keeneland Horses of All Ages Sale.

Mill Ridge Sales, agent, consigned Roan Inish, a 9-year-old daughter of Canadian champion Inish Glora, by Regal Classic. Roan Inish was a homebred racing for Robert Costigan and trained by his daughter, Carolyn.

The day's second-high seller is the Distorted Humor mare Veracity, who brought $460,000 from Mike Ryan, agent for Fifth Avenue Bloodstock. By Distorted Humor, the 5-year-old is out of Grade 2 winner Yell, by A.P. Indy, and is a full sister to stakes winner Cheery. She was consigned as a broodmare prospect by Buck Pond Farm (Douglas S. Arnold), agent for Preston Madden.

“(The buyer) is domestic, bought some yearling fillies this year and wants to develop a quality program," Ryan said. "He’s in it for the long haul.”

“The pedigree is exceptional," Ryan continued. "(She's) a really, really good-looking Distorted Humor. That’s as good a (catalog) page as you can get. These kind of families don’t come on the market very often. Claiborne (Farm) all the way through: Glowing Tribute, Wild Applause. It’s one of the probably top four or five families in the country.”

“She deserves a top stallion. She could be a foundation mare, and that’s what (the buyer) is looking for. We knew we’d have to reach for her. These kind don’t fall through the cracks -- everybody sees them -- but she was pretty special.”

Canadian champion Conquest Harlanate sold for $450,000 to Polo Green Stable, agent for Shimokobe Farm of Japan, within an hour of the start of the session.

“This mare is going to stay here in the United States and will be bred to American Pharoah," Nobu Araki, who signed the ticket, said. "We’re all set up. This is exciting. (The buyer) really wanted this filly. We’re very excited.”

Lane’s End, agent, consigned Conquest Harlanate, a 4-year-old, graded stakes-winning daughter of Harlan’s Holiday who was Canada’s champion juvenile filly in 2014. Sold as a broodmare prospect, she is out of the Dixieland Band mare Allison’s Pride and from the family of Grade 1 winner Clear Choice.

“Physically, she’s got a great head, beautiful face, great shoulder," Araki said. "She’s got the class. We’re very happy.”

Dominic Brennan, agent for Highland Yard LLC, paid $420,000 for the session’s fourth-high seller, the stakes-winning Speightstown mare Mother Ruth. In foal to Will Take Charge, the 10-year-old mare was consigned by Lane’s End, agent. Mother Ruth is out of the stakes-winning Colonial Affair mare Seven Four Seven and from the family of Grade 2 winner Debutant’s Halo and Grade 3 winner Michael’s Star.

“We race some and we sell some,” Lindsay LaRoche of Highland Yard said. “We tend to keep the fillies and sell the colts. We’re building up a bit of a broodmare band and are going to get about seven or eight quality broodmares and we think we did that here.

“She was all class. Perfect conformation. Perfect walk. Hopefully, that traces through to her babies and we’ll have a good broodmare here. This one we love, and we’ll see how we do.”

At $250,000, the session's top-priced yearling is the Uncle Mo colt purchased by Steven W. Young, agent. Consigned by Warrendale Sales, agent, he is out of the Silver Ghost mare It's Spooky and is a half-brother to Grade 3 winner Rerun.

“Couldn’t be a bigger fan of Uncle Mo right now," Young said. "The (yearling) is a super individual and I hope he’s brave and lucky. He’s a very nice horse. He was bought for a man that races and I imagine that’s what we’ll do.”