$750,000 Colt Leads Way for Justify at Keeneland

Continuing a strong year for Justify on the track and in the sales ring, the stallion had impressive results during the first book of the Keeneland September Yearling Sale this week, led by a $750,000 colt.


Consigned by breeder Candy Meadows Sales, the half-brother to Grade II winner Hoosier Philly is out of the two-time winning Tapit mare Tapella. The mare is a daughter of the undefeated stakes winner Princess Arabella, who also produced multiple graded stakes placed Ulele from her foals.

Princess Arabella is a half-sister to stakes winner Dyna’s Lassie and two other stakes performers out of Tortuga Lady, who is a full sister to Grade I Kentucky Derby runner-up Invisible Ink.

Four Star Sales was responsible for consigning a $700,000 Justify filly purchased by Douglas Scharbauer out of two-time winner Gaels Win. Bred by Coves Springs, the filly is the first for her dam, who is a half-sister to Grade II winner T.D. Vance and the graded stakes placed duo of Bergerac and Philippe.

The filly’s third dam is the Grade I-winning Fantastic Find, who produced multiple Grade I winner Finder’s Fee among others.

Donato Lanni signed the ticket for a $625,000 Justify colt on behalf of SF Bloodstock, Starlight, and Madaket during the second day of selling when the colt was offered by co-breeder Betz Thoroughbreds.

The colt is the third out of the three-time winning Uncle Mo daughter Mo Knows – whose son City of Knowledge is undefeated in two starts. Mo Knows is a half-sister to the Grade II winner and Grade I-placed Payton d’Oro, stakes placed Maracuya – who produced stakes-placed Top Runner- and the dam of multiple Grade II-placed Tiz Mischief.

China Horse Club, Maverick Racing, and Siena Farm teamed up to purchase a $600,000 Justify colt out of Secede, offered by co-breeder Claiborne Farm who bred him with Adele Dilschneider.

The colt is out of a winning full sister to the multiple Grade II winner Departing, with that gelding just the tip of the iceberg of the blacktype on the page. Also included are Grade I winners Bolt d’Oro, Global Campaign, and Zensational from those under his third dam. In all, 14 stakes winners are included on the colt’s page.

In all, Justify had 14 horses sell in Book One with an average of $397,857 and a median of $342,500. His runners are on fire on the track as well this year with 10 stakes winners and 19 stakes performers led by two Grade I winners and four Grade I performers.