Practical Joke paddock

$400,000 Colt Leads Way for Practical Joke

Practical Joke’s three-quarter brother to stakes winner Sister Nation was among the most expensive yearlings in the fourth session of Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale on Thursday when bringing $400,000 from Klaravich Stable.

Going through the ring as Hip 971, the Ballysax Bloodstock-consigned colt’s sister is also Grade II-placed with his dam Evita’s Sister producing two winners. That mare is a full sister to Grade I winner Evita Argentina with the family also including Grade I winner and sire Trippi.

Bred by Jeff Little, Teresa Little, Marilyn Little and William Lynn, this colt is the second most expensive of Practical Joke’s offerings so far at Keeneland after a $575,000 colt yesterday.

Practical Joke saw five of his yearlings sell on Thursday with his second most expensive a $200,000 colt purchased by Mossarossa from Paramount Sales.

The American Equistock Inc. and Drumkenny Farm-bred colt is out of a half-sister to stakes winner and Grade III-placed Brave Tin Soldier and the dam of Holy Roman Emperor’s stakes-placed Inshiraah. Their dam Bless is a full-sister to Grade I Kentucky Derby winner and Ashford resident Fusaichi Pegasus with their half-sister the granddam of Grade I winner Street Fancy.

The third most expensive of the day by the exciting young stallion was a $180,000 colt consigned by Dromoland Farm. Purchased by Interlaken Partners, the colt is out of stakes placed Mallory Street, who is a half-sister to two stakes placed runners.

His extended family includes rising broodmare Justwhistledixie, who has produced two Kentucky Derby runners in the last three years and is also the dam of future Ashford resident Maximum Security’s Grade I Breeders’ Cup-winning sire New Year’s Day.

A three-time Grade I winner, Practical Joke’s first yearlings have averaged $186,000, led by the aforementioned $575,000 colt and a $320,000 filly sold at last week’s Fasig-Tipton Selected Yearlings Showcase.