Early in the opening session of the Keeneland November 2009 Breeding Stock Sale, bidding moved along at a sedate pace before Hip 101 strode into the ring. For the first time, things got off to a spirited start, and when all was said and done, the hammer fell to the tune of USD $735,000. Acting on behalf of an undisclosed interest, Australia’s Vin Cox signed for the five year old mare, who was consigned by Select Sales.

Smiling from ear to ear following the sale was Pete Bradley, who, with Tom Ryan, was among the partners in the stakes-winning bay. “We thought we were pretty safe to the USD $500,000 range,” said Bradley. “There are so few in this sale with that kind of pedigree. She was such a beautiful mare, had a good race record, depth of pedigree, so we thought she would sell well. I wouldn’t have bet the over-under on it, but I thought we were pretty safe at a half-million dollars.”

We bought her privately in January of her two-year-old year,” added Bradley. “Actually Tom Ryan of Select Sales found her. We couldn’t quite get her ready for a two-year-old sale, so we decided to race her.”

By the ill-fated Chester House, Tears I Cry is out of Mount Helena (Danzig), who is a daughter of Helen Street (GB) (Troy). Helen Street, a Group 1 winner in Ireland, is already responsible for top runner and sire Street Cry (IRE) (Machiavellian); and Helsinki (GB) (Machiavellian), herself the dam of champion European juvenile colt, Shamardal (Giant’s Causeway).

Her pedigree has worked very well in Australia,” said Cox. “Street Cry is very influential on this side of the world, and he also had the recent winner of the G1 Melbourne Cup, and Shamardal is a prominent and up-and-coming stallion. She was a good looking filly and a good racemare, so it works very well for us.”

The mare, in foal to Horse of the Year Curlin, will foal down in Kentucky and then be flown home to join the broodmare band at Highgrove Stud, Darling Downs where she will be mated with one of the leading Australian stallions.

Tears I Cry is the latest mare to join Highgrove
Our latest mare, Tears I Cry purchased from the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sales.

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