Colts by leading first crop sire Violence commanded two of the top seven bids on Day 2 of the Keeneland September yearling sale.
Hip #489 sold for $850,000, the third-highest price of Day 2. The striking colt was purchased by Kerri Radcliffe Bloodstock & Three Chimneys Farm.
“He was such a beautiful individual, so we expected to pay a lot of money for him,” Radcliffe told Thoroughbred Daily News after the purchase. “He is probably my favorite colt in the sale. He is just gorgeous. He looks fast. He looks racy. He is everything you want in a horse. He is so athletic looking and looks like a racehorse.”
The colt is a full brother to one of Violence’s early stakes winners, Kentucky Juvenile conqueror Buy Sell Hold. He was bred by Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm, where Violence stands, and Stretch Run Ventures.
“The marketplace is not only judging today’s performance, but it is probably judging into the future that (Violence) is going to be substantial, serious horse,” commented Hill ‘n’ Dale Farm’s John Sikura “If you pay that kind of money for a yearling, you obviously think he is the kind of horse that can impart Grade I class to his offspring. We are thrilled with the way they have been accepted. We are thrilled that the people who have bred to him in the past have made money. We stood him for $15,000 and there is pressure to raise his stud fee, but we left it the same so everybody could prosper that had a nice horse. So far, so good. We have three individual stakes winners. We have winners on dirt and turf, winners at Del Mar and Saratoga. A little more than 20% of his crop has run, so we think the future is bright.”
There are certainly Grade 1 hopes for another pricey Violence colt, Hip #319, who sold for $725,000 to International Equities Holdings, Inc.. Warrendale Sales consigned the handsome bay.
“He’s a beautiful horse who sold his himself,” said Warrendale’s Kitty Taylor. “He’s a beautiful, lovely horse who hold himself on the hill. He had a lot of vetting, lot of interest–one of those kinds you enjoy selling.”
Two other Violence yearlings sold for over $200,000 and his Session 2 average of $523,750 ranked second among stallions with multiple hips sold.