The first horse past the $200,000 threshold during the opening session of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter mixed sale was Bling On the Music, a Grade 2-placed stakes-winning broodmare prospect who sold to Oussama Aboughazale's Sumaya U.S. Stable, under his International Equities Holding, for $260,000.
The 4-year-old filly won three of six starts for earnings of $153,167, highlighted by victories in the Gold Rush Futurity at Arapahoe Park and the Texas Thoroughbred Futurity at Lone Star Park. She also finished third in the Grade 2 Pocahontas Stakes at Churchill Downs.
Keene Thoroughbreds bought Bling On the Music for $95,000 at the 2016 Texas Thoroughbred Association 2-year-olds in training sale, and raced her with trainers J. R. Caldwell and Allen Milligan.
Bred in Texas by William S. Farish, Bling On the Music is out of winning Action This Day mare Soft Music, whose three foals to race are all winners. Her extended family includes Grade 1-placed stakes winner Inca Roca, and Grade 2-placed Laddie Boy.
Baccari Bloodstock consigned Bling On the Music, as agent. Consignor Chris Baccari had acquired the filly privately after her racing career.
Jody Alexander, who signed the ticket as agent for Aboughazale's interests had this to say after the fall of the hammer...
"I thought she was a very attractive mare. We're looking for mares that we think will fit with California Chrome in the Southern Hemisphere, or even for a few more mares to support him in the Northern Hemisphere. Plus, we're still trying to get mares for our stallion, Protonico."
On the price...
"Not quite that much.
"I think the better-looking mares with some page, everybody will be on them. Somebody else liked her too, or else, we wouldn't have paid as much."
Here is what Baccari had to say after the transaction...
"I know she's by the sire that she's by, but she's a very good physical and she's got a really good race record. I probably should have kept her myself to breed her, but I've got too many horses in training right now. She is a very good filly.
"It's like anything else. You have to show up with what they want. If you have what they want, they'll fight over them. You just have to have that product."