Getting ‘Rich’ at KEESEP

Larry and Karen Doyle’s KatieRich Farms had a productive day at Keeneland September Saturday, selling four yearlings for a combined $1,545,000, including the $650,000 Ghostzapper colt (hip 1231) who went to Dickman Legacy Ranch.

“We’re very happy–they did a great job on the farm,” offered Larry Doyle while overseeing one of his other offerings in the back ring. “[Farm manager] Tammy [Ingebritson] did a terrific job raising the horse and bringing him up. I think they got a really nice horse.”

Doyle said he purchased hip 1231’s dam Formal Affair (Dynaformer), a half to GI Blue Grass S. hero The Cliff’s Edge (Gulch), privately several years ago. Her Harlan’s Holiday filly sold for $190,000 at Fasig-Tipton Saratoga two years ago.

“I was [expecting a nice price]–maybe not $650,000, but maybe in the $400,000 [range],” Doyle said of the price tag for the Ghostzapper colt. “Our reserve was $250,000, but I thought it would go a lot higher–there was a lot of action on the horse.”

Doyle’s operation has done well in previous years later in the sale. KatieRich sold a $700,000 Smart Strike filly to top Session 6 at this auction in 2014.

Among KatieRich’s other Saturday offerings was hip 1274, the last Tapit to go through the ring during this year’s sale. Agents Hanzly Albina and Nick Sallusto purchased the colt for $475,000 on behalf of an undisclosed client.

“He’s just a beautiful example of what his good sire can do,” said Albina. “His body was unbelievable, beautiful walk–the usual.”

Sallusto noted that the colt, whose third dam is Hall of Famer Personal Ensign (Private Account), was a candidate to be resold at a 2-year-old sale next year. His dam was sold by KatieRich for $530,000 in foal to Curlin at the 2015 Keeneland November Sale.

KatieRich’s third well-sold yearling was hip 1334, a More Than Ready half-sister to recent Kentucky Downs Juvenile S. runner-up Parlor (Lonhro {Aus}). The May 9 foal went to Justin Casse, Agent for Joe Minor’s JSM Eqine, for $390,000.

KatieRich also sold a Tapit filly out of GISW Her Smile (Include) at the Fasig-Tipton Saratoga sale in August. –@BDiDonatoTDN

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