FIRST FRANKEL IN-FOAL MARES SOLD AT AUCTION

Juddmonte Spinster Stakes Gr.1 winner In Lingerie (pictured) yesterday became the first mare in foal to FRANKEL to be sold at public auction, when offered as Hip 73 at Fasig Tipton's November Sale.

Offered by owners Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners, the four-year-old mare was sold to Dr. Mitsuru Ikeeda, who was bidding on behalf of Shadai Farm, for $2.4 million.

Aron Wellman of Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners said of the reasons behind the sale: "Once we got the green light [to breed to FRANKEL], it was sort of a no-brainer. We knew we just had to do it. It was such a unique, novel opportunity to breed to FRANKEL and bring her back to the States.

"We thought she could be the very first mare in foal to FRANKEL sold at public auction here and that turned out to be true. It turned out to be a piece of history."

He continued, "It wasn't easy. In my opinion, FRANKEL was the greatest horse in my life and, some may argue, of all time... It was an intricate process, from getting the season, putting her in quarantine and sending her over there. It's been a very unique, somewhat eccentric, experience. We are very happy with the result and we are grateful to her for what she has done for us."

Later in the sale, Mi Sueno (Hip 195) became the second in-foal FRANKEL mare to sell. The Del Mar Debutante Stakes Gr.1 winning mare is also heading for Japan, after being sold to Katsumi Yoshida for $1.9 million.

In Lingerie and Mi Sueno are just two of over 60 Gr.1 winning/producing mares that visited FRANKEL in his first season at stud. FRANKEL covered a book of 133 mares, 88% of which were blacktype mares or producers of blacktype progeny.

Image © Fasig Tipton

Date: 5 November 2013