WinStar-bred colt is Saratoga Sale Topper
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
A half-brother to 2010 Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Super Saver, already named Superfection, was the highest-priced yearling of the Saratoga Selected Sale, selling to Sheikh Mohammed for $1.2 million on Monday evening, August 8th.

Superfection was the only seven-figure yearling to sell on Monday, and matched the sale's overall high-price when another colt sold to Sheikh Mohammed on Tuesday evening.

Monday's million-dollar yearling is a chestnut son of Medaglia d’Oro bred in Kentucky by Kenny Troutt’s WinStar Farm. He is out A.P. Indy's daughter Supercharger, also the dam of 2011 Grade 3 winner Brethren. Supercharger is a full sister to Sheikh Mohammed's Grade 1 winner Girolamo, and to the dam of Grade 1 winner and highly regarded young WinStar stallion Bluegrass Cat.

Speaking to the media about Superfection after Monday's sale, Sheikh Mohammed’s bloodstock advisor John Ferguson said, “Sheikh Mohammed loved the horse the moment he saw him. WinStar sent the mare to Medaglia d’Oro and he’s had an outstanding start, so it’s the combination of a great stallion and a breeder being brave enough to send a fantastic mare to Medaglia d’Oro at a time no one was sure (how good a sire he would be). All credit and well done to them. I think they got a very good price for a lovely horse.”

WinStar President Elliott Walden told TDN that selling the session topper was a hard decision. “Obviously, with this colt, there are a little bit of mixed emotions about selling him. But John [Ferguson] and Sheikh Mohammed have been very supportive of our program over the years, and I think they’ve bought a good one here. We loved this colt from day one. It’s a beautiful thing when a plan comes together.” Comparing the yearling with his Kentucky Derby-winning half-brother, Walden said, “He is a little bigger at this stage, a little bit stronger than Super Saver, but he has Super Saver’s balance and athleticism. He’s a great mover. We’re excited to see what happens…We want to be reputable sellers--we love to get our horses sold.” 

Selling as Hip 56 of 80 cataloged for Monday evening, Superfection was widely touted as the potential sale topper. “He’s just an  outstanding athlete, who showed himself off time and again,” Ferguson said. “He marched up and down the shed row without a care in the world...I’ve said it before, but it’s incredibly difficult to breed a horse that looks like that. Obviously, the mare has produced a Kentucky Derby winner. But not only that…it’s a fantastic family.” 

Superfection was consigned by Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent. His dam has produced two Graded stakes winners from her first three runners, and the second dam has produced four stakes winners plus the dams of millionaire Grade 1 winner and current WinStar stallion Bluegrass Cat and millionaire Molto Grande.

WinStar Stablemates members can watch exclusive video from the sale.  Click Here

Distorted Humor filly rallies to take Prix Allez France Longines (G3) title=
Distorted Humor

Distorted Humor filly rallies to take Prix Allez France Longines (G3)

Distorted Humor's 4-year-old filly Ebaiyra is now a three-time Group stakes winner after taking the Prix Allez France Longines (G3) on May 2...

[read more]

Speightstown's Astute wins Angels Flight S. in 2021 debut title=

Speightstown's Astute wins Angels Flight S. in 2021 debut

Top-three sire Speightstown had a pair of stakes winners on Saturday, with Astute winning Santa Anita Park's Angels Flight S. a few hours after Flagstaff took the Churchill Downs S. (G1)

[read more]

Speightster filly rallies to first stakes win title=
Speightster

Speightster filly rallies to first stakes win

Door Buster made her stakes debut a winning one Saturday night at Charles Town Races with a 1 1/4-length victory in the $75,000 Its Binn Too Long S...

[read more]

Flagstaff leads 1-2 finish for Speightstown in Churchill Downs S. (G1) title=
Speightstown

Flagstaff leads 1-2 finish for Speightstown in Churchill Downs S. (G1)

Flagstaff bested Lexitonian by a head in a wild finish in Saturday's $500,000 Churchill Downs S. (G1) , giving Speightstown's offspring a 1-2 finish in the prestigious race...

[read more]

Constitution

Constitution's Hidden Stash to break from post 13 in Kentucky Derby (G1)

Hidden Stash will take his shot at history in Saturday's $3 million Kentucky Derby (G1) when he breaks from post 13 in a field of 20 3-year-olds...

[read more]

Laoban's first Kentucky Derby (G1) starter draws post 4 title=
Laoban

Laoban's first Kentucky Derby (G1) starter draws post 4

Keepmeinmind will try to give his sire Laoban his first Kentucky Derby (G1) winner in Saturday’s...

[read more]

WinStar's Sainthood snags post 5 for Kentucky Derby 147 title=

WinStar's Sainthood snags post 5 for Kentucky Derby 147

CHC Inc's and WinStar Farm's Sainthood drew post five during Tuesday's Kentucky Derby (G1) post position draw at Churchill Downs...

[read more]

Paynter's Miss Leslie earns trip to Black-Eyed Susan S. (G2) with Weber City S. win title=
Paynter

Paynter's Miss Leslie earns trip to Black-Eyed Susan S. (G2) with Weber City S. win

Miss Leslie came from last to first in the stretch of Saturday's $125,000 Weber City Miss S. to give the 3-year-old Paynter filly her second stakes victory...

[read more]

WinStar looks to the future with Commonwealth title=

WinStar looks to the future with Commonwealth

Strategic partnership will let anyone buy shares in horses owned, acquired and managed by WinStar

[read more]

Say the Word takes Elkhorn S. (G2) to build on More Than Ready's hot streak title=
More Than Ready

Say the Word takes Elkhorn S. (G2) to build on More Than Ready's hot streak

Despite carrying five more pounds than all his foes in Saturday's $200,000 Elkhorn S. (G2) at Keeneland, Say the Word fought off a stiff challenge from Channel Cat...

[read more]