The new clubhouse leader at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky winter mixed sale is Tricky One, a winning Unbridled's Song broodmare prospect who sold to Oussama Aboughazale's International Equities Holding for $275,000, leading an active sale by the buyer in support of his stallion interests.
Tricky One, a 4-year-old filly, won two of nine starts for $73,683. She raced as a homebred for Winchell Thoroughbreds, and was trained by Steve Asmussen.
The filly is out of the Grade 3-placed stakes-winning Pulpit mare Simplify, whose two winners from four runners is highlighted by stakes winner Simple Surprise. The page features Grade 1 winner Lilac Hill and Italian Group 1 winner Rouge Sang.
The Winchell operation also bred Simplify, and it bought second dam Classic Olympio as a weanling for $27,000 at the 1997 Keeneland November breeding stock sale.
Tricky One is the first six-figure auction graduate of any age by Simplify.
Gainesway consigned Tricky One, as agent.
Jody Alexander, manager of Aboughazale's Sumaya Farm in Kentucky, had this to say after signing the ticket...
"I've had two or three people come up to me and say she was one of the prettiest mares in the sale. She had a nice walk to her. Mr. Aboughazale was here Saturday and saw this mare prior to leaving, and liked her. There's four or five we bought that he liked.
"We moved Protonico to Darby Dan, and we're accentuating now on the Protonico mares. We don't mind spending a little money to get some nice mares to Protonico. He thinks very highly of the stallion. He's very courageous, had a lot of heart. He's buying more mares to get him out there so people will be able to see the runners that he produces."
Michael Hernon of Gainesway added these thoughts...
"She was really a top filly. People liked her. We sold her for Ron Winchell, and [Simplify is] back in foal to the Triple Crown winner American Pharoah. She had the ability, she won her debut impressively. She just looked the part.
"That far exceeded our expectations. She came here to sell. We put a low reserve on her, $40,000 just to get her off the mark. She had a strong following, and my feeling was she'd probably bring $150,000, so this was a very strong premium, but it was indicative of this market for the quality young broodmare."