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Fresh off the heels of collecting her second consecutive win in the GI Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint, Mizdirection (MIZZEN MAST) (hip 104) drew plenty of admirers at Fasig-Tipton Monday, including Mandore International principal Nicholas de Watrigant, going to $2.7-million on behalf of Qatari Sheikh Joann Al Thani Al Shaqab Racing. Offering the mare on behalf of Jim Rome's Jungle Racing and partners, Hip 104 mare was consigned by Three Chimneys Sales.
"It was in the ballpark of what we were expecting, but she brought a bit more than I thought," said Three Chimney's Case Clay. "She beat the boys twice, and both times, she gunned down males late to win. She is a very special mare. We are very pleased with the price."
A winner of 11 of 17 career starts, including consecutive installments of the Gr.2/Gr.3 Monrovia S. and the Gr.3 Las Cinegas S. (ungraded in 2012, Gr.3 this year), the half-sister to Hurricane Bertie (Sea of Secrets) retired with over $1.7 million in earnings.
"There was so much attention on her from the moment she got off the van," said Clay. "She showed herself really well and just has this attitude about her. She has this regal attitude about her, so there was a lot of attention on her. She got off the van at 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon and hadn't turned a hair since. We started showing her right away and she handled it beautifully. I think people were very impressed with that.
All the right people were on her and they were coming late to see her. At 2p.m. today, all the right people came back to see her." The mare was the sole purchase by Al Shaqab Racing at Monday's Fasig sale.
"There had been plenty of buzz earlier today that it would be a strong sale. The right product sold well. The market was better than it was last year, so the market is going up."
"It was great to see buyers from all over the world. They were buying in Europe and their spending was strong here. Also, domestic buyers were stepping up, so there was a good mix here.”
In other sales ring news, Strike the Bell, also by MIZZEN MAST, went past the million dollar mark at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale when purchased by Summer Wind Farm for $1.1 million. A member of the immediate family of Gr.1 winners Data Link and Hymn Book, back in foal to War Front, and a Graded stakes winner herself, she was a commodity in high demand. The two mares by MIZZEN MAST offered in the Fasig sale brought an average of $1.9 million.