Kimari Leads Munnings Charge at Fasig-Tipton November
In what has been a year of banner days for Munnings, Kimari led the latest when selling for $2.7 million at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale to lead his offerings.
A Grade I winner on dirt and multiple stakes winner on turf, who also has multiple Royal Ascot placings, Kimari was signed for on behalf of Coolmore by Jamie McCalmont from the Eaton Sales consignment.
Out of the Grade III winner Cozze Up Lady, Kimari’s racing career is not yet over with McCalmont saying the plan is to keep her in training in 2022 with Wesley Ward. Ward told Blood-Horse that he’s already talked to her new owners about embarking on an international campaign next year.
"Moving forward I talked to Michael Tabor about possibly going to Dubai and some of the bigger races, because she's ready to go,” Ward told the publication. “Being by Munnings and a grade 1 winner, she'll always have stamped value there, but whatever she can add to that on the racetrack is good. There are some big sprints coming up here in the next few months. Hopefully she is as good as she is now when we go over there."
Munnings’ multiple graded stakes winner and Grade I-placed Finite caught the eye of OXO Equine’s Larry Best on Tuesday night with the mare purchased from the Gainesway consignment for $2.2 million.
A half-sister to multiple stakes winner Reride and out of a stakes winning full sister to multiple Grade II winner Tapiture and Grade III winner Rotation, Finite won six of her races with five other top three finishes for nearly $850,000 in earnings.
“This filly was very, very impressive on the track—one of the best specimens of a Munnings that I've seen—and I'm excited about breeding her for many years to come,” Best told Blood-Horse.
A mare in foal to Munnings and by his studmate Tale of the Cat was purchased for $600,000 by Classic for David Campbell. Consigned by Ballysax Bloodstock for HNR Nothhaft Horseracing, Grand Prix is bred to Munnings on a March 18 cover.
A top three finisher in 13 of her 18 starts for $225,996 in earnings, Grand Prix was a two-time stakes winner and is a half-sister to champion and Grade I Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint winner Finest City. This will be the second foal for Grand Prix, who also has a Mendelssohn filly named Wings of a Song retained by her breeder.
Munnings seven offerings to sell at Fasig-Tipton November averaged $813,143. The two mares offered in foal to Munnings brought $600,000 and $535,000 for an average and median of $567,500.