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on 18 December 2020
Leo Powell reports on a disappointing online sale held by Keeneland

FELICITA, a half-sister to recent Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies runner-up Dayoutoftheoffice, sold for $250,000 to Alpha Delta Stables to top Keeneland’s December Digital Sale, held on Tuesday as part of Keeneland’s Digital Sales Ring platform.

The turnover for the one-day sale was just over twice what the top lot made, grossing $508,000 for a hugely disappointing 15 lots sold at an average of $33,867 and a median of $11,000.

Consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, Felicita is a four-year-old daughter of More Than Ready out of the Indian Charlie mare Gottahaveadream.

She was offered in foal to a mid-June covering by Not This Time whose fee for 2021 rises to $40,000 on the back of his wonderful first season with runners, which has yielded three stakes winners including the Grade 1 winner Princess Noor.

Dayoutoftheoffice suffered her first defeat in four starts when runner-up at the Breeders’ Cup, but she previously won the Grade 1 Frizette Stakes at Belmont and the Grade 3 Schuylerville Stakes at Saratoga. Her dam is a winning half-sister to Grade 1 Forego Stakes winner Here Comes Ben, while Group/Grade 1 winners under the third dam include King Charlemagne, Albertus Maximus and Daredevil.

Four Bridges paid $55,000 for Warm Water, in foal to an early June covering by City Of Light whose fee this year was $40,000. The unraced five-year-old mare by English Channel is a half-sister to seven winners, out of the Grade 3 winner Welcome Surprise. Her eight winning siblings are headed by Horse of the Year and twice leading sire A.P. Indy, and Grade 1 Preakness winner Summer Squall. Four Bridges was consigned by Machmer Hall Sales.

Song Of Melody, a seven-time winning five-year-old mare by Flat Out, in foal to Not This Time who is sire of 26 winners in his first crop of juveniles in 2020, brought a final bid of $50,000 from Rose Hill Farm. This was $10,000 less than the price realised for the mare’s first foal this year, a son of Practical Joke.

Consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, Song Of Melody is out of a half-sister to the multiple Grade 2 stakes winner E Dubai, the Grade 1 winning dam of champion Rainbow View, and is from the family of Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Raven’s Pass.

The sale was, overall, a huge disappointment. None of the eight foals sold, while the only one of the 11 yearlings that sold realised $1,000. A share in the 11-year-old Paynter, sire of this year’s Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile winner Knicks Go, sold for $11,000, not much more than his 2021 stud fee of $7,500.

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