Justify Paddock

Justify Saves Best For Last at OBS with $800,000 Filly

The most expensive Justify of the OBS Spring Sale of Two-Year-Olds In Training was his last filly through the ring when Chad Schumer went to $800,000 to secure the daughter of Susie’s Baby.

Breezing in :21.1, the Wavertree Stables consignee has plenty to recommend her as a half-sister to Uncle Mo’s recent Grade III winner Family Way with their dam the dam of two winners from three to race. Susie’s Baby was a winner for her stakes winning dam Mekko Hokte, who is likely better known as the dam of Justify’s Grade I-winning studmate Caravaggio.

Mekko Hokte also produced the Grade II winner My Jen, who is the dam of Grade III placed Satono Gold and stakes-placed Purpur Ray.

“Obviously, it's the first crop of a Triple Crown winner,” Schumer told Thoroughbred Daily News. “Of course they are going to be in demand. He is the son of a sire of sires, unbeaten, there is so much excitement about his first crop. The filly was absolutely lovely. She had a great breeze, a great physical, and she vetted well.”

Bred by Diamond Creek Farm, the filly was bought back by her breeder at last year’s Fasig-Tipton October Sale with the move paying off this week. Schumer bought the $800,000 filly for an undisclosed client.

Susie’s Baby has a yearling full sister to Family Way to come as well.

Justify again had the highest average of any freshman at this sale at nearly $400,000.