Lady Eli has been scratched from the Keeneland November Breeding stock sale after emerging from yesterday’s Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf with lacerations to both hind legs.
The multiple Grade 1 winner was expected to be one of the marquee offerings in this year’s Keeneland November sale. She was scheduled to be offered on Wednesday.
She finished seventh on Saturday in her troubled Del Mar start, in which she also lost her left hind shoe. The mare was scheduled to undergo a veterinary exam last night to determine if she needed stitches.
Lady Eli, a 5-year-old Divine Park mare, was to be consigned by Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, as agent.
This the second straight year in which Lady Eli has been cataloged to the Keeneland November sale, but was ultimately scratched.
Here is what Hill ‘n’ Dale’s John G. Sikura had to say this afternoon...
”Obviously it’s terribly disappointing we’re not able to sell a mare of her quality, but it’s an honor to be around world-class horses and that’s what we’re continually in search of. When you get a call from the owner or trainer saying the mare’s not going to be in the proper condition to sell, you can’t have any other reaction but first, foremost, and always, the priority is the health of the horse.
“She’ll be heading to the farm [Hill ‘n’ Dale in Lexington, Ky.], she will recuperate, which for all indications will be a short period of time...It’s bad timing, but she’s healthy, she’s going to be 100 percent. None of the issues are going to be threatening.
”You always put the horse first, but particularly with what she’s overcome, why do something that’s not going to be 100 percent in the horse’s interest? I give them credit for that. They’re foregoing selling the mare for a lot of money for doing what’s right for the mare.”