facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
X
Breaking News: ISIS allegedly beheads second American journalist
 

Sheik pays Keeneland record $9.7 mil

Sept. 14, 2005 at 1:58 PM   |   Comments

LEXINGTON, Ky., Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum of Dubai paid $9.7 million for a "very special" Kentucky colt sired by Storm Cat and stakes-winning mare Tranquility Lake.

The sheik and Ireland's Coolmore conglomerate engaged in a record-setting bidding war Tuesday that drew gasps from the crowd at Keeneland's September yearling sale in Lexington, Ky.

The $9.7 million for the chocolate colt is the highest price ever paid at Keeneland -- and the third-highest in U.S. public-auction history. Seattle Dancer sold for $13.1 million in 1985 and Snaafi Dancer went for $10.2 million in 1983.

"Sheik Mohammed, from the first moment he laid eyes on this horse, he felt that this was very, very important that this horse race for" Godolphin, his family's racing stable, bloodstock adviser John Ferguson told the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader.

Everything is special about the horse, said Alice Chandler, whose Mill Ridge Farm sold the yearling for owners Marty and Pam Wygod: "Pedigree, the way he moves, the attitude. Everything."

The Wygods plan to donate some of the proceeds from the sale to help Hurricane Katrina victims.

© 2005 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Most Popular
1
Jon Bon Jovi cut from group bidding for the Buffalo Bills
2
Rams rookie got a face tattoo to intentionally keep himself from working anywhere but the NFL
3
Report: Watt, Texans agree to terms on 6-year, $100M deal
4
Reds make rare trip to Baltimore
5
Niners' Boone ends holdout
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback