Striving to be the best has proudly earned WinStar numerous milestones as owner and breeder. But what is perhaps less publicized is our success in the commercial arena, and the number of top racehorses we’ve sold at public auction.
We understand that to acquire new and diverse bloodstock at public auction, we must trade our pedigrees and sell our best to help ensure long-term health for both WinStar Farm and the breeding industry as a whole. To that end, we take pride in selling top prospects every year at the sales.
In 2014, WinStar continued to offer our best. Our numbers in the past few years are a testimonial to our goal. In 2013, we were the nation's leading breeder of yearlings ($11.3M in sales) and second-leading breeder of 2-year-olds. In 2012, we were the leading breeder of yearlings ($7M) and third-leading breeder of 2-year-olds.
Sale horses bred by WinStar consistently bring top dollar, led by the Saratoga Sale Topper in 2011 ($1.2M) and Session-Topping colt Day 3 at Keeneland 2013 ($1.7M).
Top auction prices are not the only reflection of our successful breeding program, as we breed to sell in all areas of the market. In fact, we have sold Grade 1 winners – including Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide, Travers winner Golden Ticket, and Champion filly Spring in the Air – at attainable levels for nearly every buyer in the marketplace. Notable private sales include acclaimed Grade 1 winners Any Given Saturday, Girolamo, and Court Vision.