Tuesday, November 4, 2003 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . November 4, 2003 . . . Cash Run, who in 1999 trounced the field in her only race at Turfway Park, is the fitting name behind a new world record price for a broodmare sold at public auction. The mare, in foal to Storm Cat, yesterday brought $7.1 million at Keeneland’s November sale of breeding stock. She was purchased by John Magnier of Coolmore Stud near Versailles, Kentucky. Coolmore also runs operations in Ireland and Australia.
Cash Run broke her maiden at Belmont Park, finished fourth in an allowance race at Saratoga, and then came to Turfway, where she led an allowance field from start to finish to win by seven lengths. She went on to win the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies and in her career won more than $900,000. She was raced by Padua Stables and trained by D. Wayne Lukas. She is a daughter of multiple-Grade 1 winner Seeking the Gold, who earned $2.3 million in his own racing career.
Also in foal to Storm Cat and high on the auction top-dollar list is Spain, winner of the 2000 Turfway Park Breeders’ Cup (G3) and the 2000 Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G3). The leading female runner of all time by earnings, Spain won nine races in her career and earned $3.54 million. She was purchased at the November Breeding Stock Sale by Dromoland Farm for $5.3 million. Located in Central Kentucky and owned by Gerry Dilger, Dromoland also purchased Spain’s bay weanling colt for $2.4 million, a Keeneland record. Spain is a daughter of 1995 Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes winner Thunder Gulch. She also was a Lukas trainee and was bred and raced by The Thoroughbred Corporation.
Storm Cat, owned by Overbrook Farm, Lexington, Kentucky, commands the highest stud fee of any stallion currently standing: $500,000. A son of Storm Bird, Storm Cat was foaled by Terlingua, a daughter of Secretariat. His progeny have earned more than $76 million and include 27 Group/Grade 1 winners, 72 group/graded stakes winners, and 115 stakes winners. He leads all sires in North America in 2003 with four Group/Grade 1 winners so far. In his lifetime 10 of his yearlings have sold at auction for $3 million or more.
The previous record for a broodmare had been $7 million, paid in 1998 for Korveya.