Practical Joke Continues Strong Run at Keeneland
It was another good day for Practical Joke at the Keeneland September Sale on Saturday when he had eight yearlings sell, led by a $270,000 colt.
Purchased from his breeder Woodford Thoroughbreds, the colt was bought by L.E.B. as the seventh highest price of the session at $270,000 There is stakes form throughout his page with his stakes-placed dam Hot Roots a half-sister to stakes winner and Grade-I placed Mother Mother and Grade I Kentucky Derby second Commanding Curve. His third dam produced a stakes placed runner while his stakes winning fourth dam is a half-sister to multiple Grade I winner Proper Reality.
Bringing only $10,000 less than that colt was a $260,000 colt sold to St. Elias Stables for the eighth highest price. Consigned by Betz Thoroughbreds, the May-born yearling is a half-brother to stakes winner King Henny from a winning half-sister to Grade II winner Deeliteful Irving and Grade III winner Irving’s Baby. Co-bred by Betz and Peter V. Lamantia, the colt out of Queens Carousel is a half-brother to seven winners overall.
Paramount Sales’ Hip 2002 closed out the session for his sire by hammering for $225,000 to Superfine Farm. A half-brother to Scat Daddy’s stakes winner Jo Jo Air, his Grand Slam dam Tessie Flip is a half-sister to multiple Grade I winner Switch and stakes winner Keystone Gulch. Keystone Gulch is also the dam of two graded stakes placed horses, including No Nay Never’s multiple Grade III placed Celtic Beaty.
Out of a three-quarter sister to champion and multiple Group I winner Falbrav, a filly consigned by Sequel New York brought $200,000 from Rosedown Racing as his most expensive filly of the session. Out of the Sadler’s Wells daughter Queen of the Night, the New York-bred filly co-bred by Sequel Stallions and NYP Bloodstock is a half-sister to three winners.
The well-bred Hip 1892 from Four Star Sales and bred by Charles Fipke rounded out the five Practical Joke yearlings to bring $150,000 or more during Saturday’s session. Bought by Graham Wolfram for Barry Schwartz, the filly is out of Oh Mrs. G, a half-sister to Grade I winner and multiple Grade I producer Zoftig.
The dam of one winner from one to race, Oh Mrs. G is also a half-sister to the dam of Grade III winner Marbre Rose, whose American Pharoah daughter won Friday afternoon at Belmont. Marbre Rose is also a half-sister to stakes winners Gidu and Aviatress with Grade III winner Verve’s Tale and Grade I-placed Tale of Verve both on the filly’s page as well.
Overall, Practical Joke's eight sold led all stallions by gross in the session with the stallion having the fifth best average of all stallions with two or more sold on Saturday at $160,000.
A triple Grade I winner at two and three, Practical Joke has been having an exceptional Keeneland September Yearling Sale. Through the first six sessions Practical Joke’s 29 sold have averaged $162,552 with a top price of $575,000 and 19 yearlings selling for $100,000 or more.