Munnings paddock shot

Kimari Lookalike Brings $400,000 for Munnings

Munnings saw his daughter Vitamunn bring by far the highest price of any filly during Monday’s Keeneland September session when Ben McElroy went to $400,000 for the bay on behalf of Ten Broeck Farm’s David Mowat.

A half-sister to three winners from three to race, the Lane’s End consigned filly bred by Asiel Stable is a granddaughter of multiple stakes winner Bonita Meadow. Bonita Meadow is also the dam of multiple stakes winner Meadow Bride and Prairie King in addition to her daughters and granddaughters producing stakes performers.

For McElroy, it wasn’t just the page that caught his attention but her similarity to another Ten Broek Farm Munnings filly – Grade I winner Kimari.

"She is the spitting image of Kimari," McElroy told The Blood-Horse. "We loved her—had to really stretch for her. … When she walked in the back ring she swelled up—very like Kimari when she runs in the big races. This is the only one I wanted for Dave Mowat … When I saw this filly yesterday, I said 'We have got to have this one."

Munnings has been on fire at the Keeneland September sale with his yearlings selling for $550,000, $400,000, $350,000, etc with 34 sold. His gross sits at $5.4 million, among the top stallions on the leaderboard with less than 35 sold.