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Game of Silks: Into Mischief filly sells at auction for record $5,122
Prominent owner Charbo struck again last week, eclipsing his own record for the most-expensive horse in the young history of Game of Silks. He purchased a filly sired by four-time leading stallion Into Mischief for 3 ETH, or $5,122, to top last week’s Game of Silks auction.
The 3 ETH sale matched the amount Charbo paid for a Gun Runner colt on Feb. 6, but with ETH trading slightly lower at the time, the dollar value was $4,938, which now ranks as the second-highest price in Silks history.
Seven of the 10 horses up for auction last week drew winning bids, selling for a total of 7.62 ETH and an average of 1.09 ETH. In dollars, those figures were $13,020 and $1,860.
Game of Silks is auctioning off 10 horses every week on OpenSea, each with a $500 reserve price, as Silks owners look to build their stables for the game’s inaugural racing season. For the webpage of the Silks auctioneer, visit https://opensea.io/SilksAuctions. For the latest auction catalog, visit https://join.silks.io/AuctionCatalog.
The record-breaking filly sold for $1.15 million as yearling. Her sire, Into Mischief, got a record $28.1 million in progeny earnings last year to lead all North American stallions in that category for the fourth straight year. He stands in Kentucky for a $250,000 stud fee.
“I was particularly excited to see a million-dollar horse in the auction,” Charbo said. “Doubly so when I saw it was sired by Into Mischief, my favorite stud.”
The 2-year-old filly is the second foal produced by the unraced Irish broodmare Wildwood Rose, a daughter of the great Galileo. The second dam, or maternal grandmother, Wildwood Flower, is a stakes winner who placed in multiple graded stakes. She’s produced five winners, including Grade 1 winner Materiality and Grade 2 winner My Miss Sophia, who in turn produced Grade 2 winner Annapolis.
This female family also produced Grade 1 winners Afleet Express and Embellish the Lace, along with Grade 2 winner Eye of the Tiger.
Here’s a look at the other nine horses up for auction last week:
● 2021 Bourbonesque (1.4212 ETH) – This War Front colt sold for $250,000 and is named Roundtop. War Front is a Grade 2 stakes winner who earned $424,205 and sired the stallions The Factor, Summer Front, Air Force Blue, Mosler, War Dancer and Jack Milton. Last year, War Front got $6.74 million in progeny earnings to rank 44th among North American stallions.
Bourbonesque, a daughter of Dynaformer, won a race and has produced four foals of racing age, including Grade 1 winner Mongolian Groom. Second dam Rhineland has produced 10 winners, including Cologne, the dam of Grade 2 winner Dragon Bay. Third dam Versailles Treaty was a Grade 1 winner who earned $1.27 million and produced Grade 1 winner George Vancouver and Grade 2 winner Saarland.
● 2021 Dixie Chicken (0.9261 ETH) – This Ontario-bred colt, sired by two-time Horse of the Year Curlin, will be eligible for purse bonuses and rich races, including stakes, at Woodbine, near Toronto. Named Wyoming Bill, he sold for $390,000.
Curlin, who earned $10.5 million on the track, ranked third among North American stallions last year with $19.2 million in progeny earnings. He also made history last month as the only stallion to have three different horses win Eclipse Awards as champions of their divisions in the same year.
Dixie Chicken, a daughter of Rahy, won four races and earned $201,004. She’s produced five foals of racing age, with four winners, including stakes winners Dixie Moon and Guy Caballero. Second dam Minnie’s Meadow, a daughter of Triple Crown winner Affirmed, is the dam of four winners from six foals to race. Third dam Stormy Bend produced stakes winner Candybedandy.
● 2021 Jemmabelle (0.8127 ETH) – A son of 2017 Horse of the Year Gun Runner, he sold for $80,000. Gun Runner closed out his career with five consecutive Grade 1 victories, including the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Classic and 2018 Pegasus World Cup, retiring with almost $16 million in earnings. He was last year’s leading second-crop sire and ranked fifth among all North American sires with $14.7 million in progeny earnings.
This colt is the third foal produced by Jemmabelle, a daughter of Street Sense who won three races and earned $146,565. Second dam Charming Lauren has produced five winners from eight foals of racing age. Third dam Au Printemps is a stakes winner whose 10 winners include Grade 1 winners Success Express and Greenwood Lake, along with Grade 3 winner Charlie Barley, a champion racehorse in Canada.
● 2021 Internallyflawless (0.800 ETH) – An Ontario-bred filly named Flawless Quality, she didn’t change hands at public auction. She was sired by Quality Road, a four-time Grade 1 winner who earned $2.23 million. Last year, Quality Road got $20.8 million in progeny earnings, second in North America behind Into Mischief.
Internallyflawless is a Grade 1-winning daughter of Giant’s Causeway who earned $267,545. She’s produced six foals of racing age, getting four winners, including stakes winner Internal Bourbon. Second dam Tapatina has produced five winners, including stakes winner Billy’s Star. Third dam Korveya was a Group 3 winner in France and produced Group 1 winner Bosra Sham.
● 2021 Mme Belle Brezing (0.333 ETH) – A New York-bred colt named Hennythingpossible, he sold for only $1,000. He’ll be eligible for purse bonuses and races, including lucrative stakes, exclusively for horses bred in New York.
Hennythingpossible was sired by Union Jackson, a son of Curlin who stood stud in New York for four years and is now a riding horse. Union Jackson won a pair of stakes races and earned $273,874. Last year, he got $1.13 million in progeny earnings, ranking ninth among New York stallions.
Mme Belle Brezing, sired by Mr. Greeley, was winless in two starts and has produced five foals of racing age, with one winner. Second dam La Barberina has four winners from nine foals of racing age. Third dam Fantastic Girl was a stakes winner who produced four stakes winners, including Grade 1 winner Fantastic Look.
● 2021 Silencer (0.333 ETH) – Named Frosted Cloud, this colt by Frosted sold for $27,000. His sire won three Grade 1 races and banked $3.97 million. Last year, Frosted got $6.78 million in progeny earnings to rank fourth among North American stallions who had only three crops of racing-age foals. Frosted is a son of record-breaking stallion Tapit.
Frosted Cloud is the second foal from Silencer, a daughter of Quality Road who won a race. Second dam Out for Revenge was winless in three starts and has produced two winners. Through third dam Castanea, Frosted Cloud is related to Grade 3 winner Untrapped.
● 2021 Quiero Ganar (reserve not attained, relisted for sale) – This Lookin At Lucky filly sold for $40,000. Her sire was the champion 2-year-old male of 2009 and the champion 3-year-old male of 2010, retiring with five Grade 1 stakes wins and $3.31 million in earnings. Lookin At Lucky got $4.63 million in progeny earnings last year to rank 71st among North American stallions.
Quiero Ganar, a daughter of Lasting Approval, won three races and has produced seven foals of racing age, including four winners. Second dam Cuando Quiere is the dam of nine winners, including Grade 1 winner Honey Ryder, a full sister of Quiero Ganar who earned $2.28 million. Cuando Quiere also produced Grade 3 winner Cuando Puede and stakes winner Cuando.
● 2021 Seven Deadly Sins (RNA, relisted) – This New York-bred colt sold for $20,000. He was sired by the Australian stallion Astern, who also sired Chase the Chaos, the winner of the $101,350 El Camino Real Derby this month. A son of Medaglia d’Oro, Astern was standing in Kentucky but recently moved back to Australia, where he was a Group 1 stakes winner. He got $2.28 million in progeny earnings last year.
Seven Deadly Sins, sired by Action This Day, is a nine-time winner who earned $160,043. She’s produced three foals of racing age, including one winner. Second dam Bluff’s Dividend is a stakes winner who has six winners from 10 foals.
● 2021 Stonefactor (RNA, relisted) – Another New York-bred colt, this son of Air Force Blue sold for $6,000. Air Force Blue, a three-time Group 1 stakes winner in Europe, earned $844,919. He stood stud in Kentucky before being relocated to South Korea. Air Force Blue got $3.86 million in progeny earnings last year to rank 10th among third-crop sires.
This is the first foal from Stonefactor, a daughter of The Factor who won two races and earned $143,140. Second dam Miss Blarney Stone, a winner in Ireland, is the dam of six winners. Third dam Bedside Manner is a stakes winner who’s produced nine winners, including Grade 2 winner Skyway and stakes winner Ava K.
About Game of Silks: It’s a next-generation fantasy sports game that tokenizes each racehorse into a digital collectible that can be bought and sold. In 2023, Silks owners will receive 1% of their horses’ real-world purse earnings, a figure that’s expected to rise steadily in subsequent seasons.
As a dynasty fantasy contest, Game of Silks allows players to retain ownership of their horses for the duration of their racing and breeding careers, potentially earning rewards for a decade or more. Owners also are free to sell at any time.
Launched last April, Game of Silks already is among the top 10 sports-themed NFT platforms on the Ethereum blockchain. The game’s first racing season begins in April, when this year’s crop of 2-year-old thoroughbreds begins competing.