Five year-old mare Joyfully, offered in foal to Triple Crown hero American Pharoah, was the top priced offering during the second session of the Keeneland January Horse of All Ages Sale.
An unraced half-sister by Mineshaft to Grade III winners Divine Oath and Auntie Joy, Joyfully was bought for $575,000 by Oussama Aboughazale’s International Equities Holding.
“(Joyfully) is lovely and (her) foal sold very well just before her. I think it’s a good buy, I hope,” said Aboughazale.
“I just bought my farm here (in Bourbon County, Kentucky), and we have to stock it up with nice mares. We want to start well; that’s why we are buying nice mares. There will be a few more (mares to buy) today and that’s it. I think we are very satisfied and have bought very well. We want to breed to sell and breed to race.”
The horse preceding Joyfully in the ring was her first foal, a yearling colt by champion sire Uncle Mo, sold to Key Palm Stable for $370,000.
Joyfully and her yearling colt both were consigned by Paramount Sales, agent, the session’s leading consignor.
“It was on the upper side (of what I expected); it was a great price for both mare and foal,” said Pat Costello of Paramount Sales.
“They were two lovely horses. (The Uncle Mo colt is) a beautiful, big-walking horse and so he deserved to bring that money. He was a good colt and the mare was absolutely beautiful. When they produce that kind of foal, you know they are a good mare. I think that particular package was a beautiful package and it probably stood out in the sale.”