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Corniche Sees First In-Foal Mares Offered at November Sales

A $1.5 million sale topper himself, Champion 2-Year-Old Colt Corniche is set for another sales ring milestone when 18 mares carrying foals from his first crop go through the ring at next week’s Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale.

A half-sister to dual Grade I winner Creator is the first through the ring for the stallion when Balandra Bay sells as Hip 572 with Crestwood Farm.

The Tiznow mare is out of the dual champion mare Morena, who has six winners from six to race including Justify’s winning daughter Triple Loop. Morena is one of two stakes winners out of Charytin, who is also the dam of Grade III winner La Querella, that mare producing graded stakes winner La Consulta. Another one of Charytin’s daughters produced Group I-placed Fandino with her daughters producing five stakes performers between them.

Balandra Bay’s first foal is the 2-year-old filly Hockey, who broke her maiden at Woodbine on September 9 by two lengths going 1 1/16 miles with the filly having two top two finishes in her three career starts.

Fab Flowers has produced two stakes winners from her six runners and sells as Hip 1073 with Four Star Sales.

The 13-year-old’s second foal is the stakes winner and Grade III-placed Flower Point with her third to race the stakes winning Catman. In all, Fab Flowers has produced five winners from those six runners with her only non-winner being her placed 2-year-old Keep The Bloom. The mare also has a Munnings yearling to come.

A multiple stakes-placed mare, Fab Flowers is also a half-sister to Grade I winner Exotic Wood and stakes winner J. D. And Water with those two also being stakes producers like their sister. Another non-stakes half-sister is the dam of stakes winner Expression and granddam of Grade II-placed Montego Bay. In all, Fab Flower’s two stakes winners are two of 10 stakes winners and 17 stakes performers under the mare’s first dam.

Stakes winning Exchange Rate mare Coup de Cœur is offered as Hip 1444 through Ballysax Bloodstock’s consignment.

Coup de Coeur is the dam of Grade II-placed Animosity and four other winners from six to run. That group includes her current juvenile, a colt who broke his maiden at Churchill Downs by 1 ¾ lengths on November 1. The winner of the Soviet Problems Stakes, Coup de Coeur is a half-sister to the dam of Group III winner Valdermoro. They are out of Grade I winner Lovlier Linda, whose four stakes winners include Grade II winner Old Trieste and Group III winner Perigee Moon.

The foal Coup de Coeur is carrying is bred on the same cross as three winners from three to race, including Grade I winner Bleecker Street.

A daughter of dual Grade I winner Tout Charmant named Zarmant sells with Bluegrass Thoroughbred Services as Hip 1777.

Tout Charmant is also the dam of Grade II winner and Grade I-placed Dancing House and stakes winner Too Charming among her eight winners from nine to race. Three of Tout Charmant’s daughters have produced stakes performers with their six stakes horses including Grade II winner New and Improved and stakes winner I’m Mom’s Favorite.

Zarmant’s first foal is the unraced juvenile Starship Obsession with the mare having a yearling by Street Sense and weanling by McKinzie.

The 2023 Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale starts on Wednesday, November 8 and ends on November 16 with Corniche’s first offering coming during the first day of Book 2 on the opening Thursday and his final offering coming in the eighth session.