Cupid In Front At Keeneland September
Cupid’s Shawhan Place-consigned son was the star of Session 10 on Wednesday when he brought $200,000 to top the session by $85,000 over the second most expensive of the day.
Consigned on behalf of Ascot Thoroughbreds, Hip 3391 was purchased by Larry Zap as agent for Mike Mellen. The Jory Sherman and Don Blowe-bred colt is a half-brother to Grade III-placed Quick Release and a grandson of stakes winner and Grade III-second Contrast.
His third dam is the great racemare Safely Kept, who was named Champion Sprinter and won the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Sprint among her victories as a racehorse. As a broodmare the mare is the dam of two stakes winners with her descendants also including Munnings’ graded stakes winning filly Venetian Harbor.
“He is a good walking colt," Shawhan’s Matt Koch told Thoroughbred Daily News. "We foaled and raised him at the farm. We know everything about it. That is kind of our niche, to bring up horses we are very familiar with, and the market rewarded us today”
Cupid also had the fifth most expensive of the session when Royal Flush Racing signed for an $87,000 colt consigned by Brookdale. That colt out of a half-sister to Grade II winner Fantastic Style was bred by C. Kidder, N. Cole, B. Kidder and E. Voute.
Cupid’s 27 yearlings sold at the Keeneland September Sale have been led by the $200,000 colt and a $190,000 filly with the group also including a $90,000 filly, a $87,000 colt, and a $75,000 filly among others.