LIFE HAPPENED TOPS FIRST SESSION AT KEENELAND

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(Keeneland – edited) Life Happened, dam of Grade 2 winner Vyjack and Grade 3 winner Tepin, brought $750,000 on Monday to top the opening session of Keeneland’s 56th annual January Horses of All Ages Sale.

Jason Litt of Solis/Litt Bloodstock purchased Life Happened, a 13-year-old daughter of Stravinsky in foal to Harlan’s Holiday. She was consigned by Select Sales, agent.

Litt said he purchased Life Happened for LNJ Foxwoods, “a client that’s building up a broodmare band. She seemed like a logical choice with pretty good runners. (She’s a) beautiful mare in foal to the last crop of Harlan’s Holiday so it’s pretty exciting. … Everyone is pretty pumped, and this kind of mare can hopefully give you a classic-style horse. (LNJ Foxwoods is) looking to build something long term and we thought this was definitely the type of mare you (begin with).”

During the Monday session, Keeneland sold 232 horses for $13,714,900, for an average price of $59,116 and a median price of $35,000. At the first session of last year’s January Sale, 201 horses brought $15,331,400 for an average of $76,276 and a median of $30,000. In addition, there was a 30 percent decrease in the RNA rate, as 73 horses failed to meet their reserve compared with 104 horses in 2013.

Glen Hill Farm paid $425,000, the day’s second-highest price, for the 6-year-old Maria’s Mon mare Louvakhova, a half-sister to French highweight Flotilla (FR), winner of the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) and 2013 Poule d’Essai des Pouliches-French One Thousand Guineas (G1). Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent, consigned Louvakhova, sold in foal to Arch.

Grade 1 winner and millionaire Unbridled Belle, in foal to Bernardini, brought $400,000 from Haruya Yoshida of Japan’s Oiwake Farm. Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent, consigned the 11-year-old Broken Vow mare out of Grade 3 winner Little Bold Belle, by Silver Buck.

With the purchase of Life Happened, Solis/Litt Bloodstock was the session’s leading buyer.

Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent, was the session’s leading consignor, selling 49 horses for $2,585,000.

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