$450,000 Yes Yes Yes Colt Tops Classic Second Session
The highest priced yearling sold during the second session of Inglis Classic came with the second last horse into the ring and the dashing greyYes Yes Yes colt was well worth the wait selling for $450,000.
Consigned by Coolmore and purchased by Yes Bloodstock / Group 1 Bloodstock, the colt is a half-brother to six winners headed by Group III MRC Blue Diamond Preview winner Limestone and is now the highest priced first crop yearling so far for Everest hero Yes Yes Yes.
Brae Sokolski of Yes Bloodstock was the underbidder on the dam, Limerock, who he was also seeking to purchase with a view to sending to Yes Yes Yes, who he raced with Chris Waller.
“So given all the synergy, there was only one trainer who could possibly be given this horse and that’s Chris [Waller],’’ Sokolski confirmed.
“He’s just a beautiful, graceful animal. We thought he was the best colt in the sale and obviously I make all my business and racing decisions very pragmatically but yes, of course, there’s that emotional connection to the stallion too.
“Matt [Scown, Bloodstock Manager for Sokolski] loved the colt, we’ve looked at every Yes Yes Yes yearling that’s been offered this year and we thought he was a clear standout of all those we’d seen thus far.’’
The colt was bred by Woppitt Bloodstock and is the seventh foal from top producing Charge Forward mare Limerock, a half-sister to stakes-winner Warpath, the dam of Group II winner Positive Peace.
Woppitt Bloodstock purchased Limerock for $160,000 at the 2020 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale and after missing to Yes Yes Yes in 2021 was covered last spring by Home Affairs.
“Fairytales don’t happen but it’s been a bit of a fairytale to get such a lovely colt, and to have it all fall into place and to have a farm like Coolmore look after him and get him here in the condition they did, we couldn’t be happier,’’ said Debbie Kepitis, who runs Woppitt Bloodstock with her family.
“We had him as a $150,000 colt and he was on the market then and we let the market decide. And look what they decided – it’s a fairytale story. He was so hard to part with but we did what we said we would do and to see our little brand on the side of him, it just feels such an achievement.’’