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Game of Silks: Regally bred colt sells for 2.6938 ETH, third-highest price in Silks history
A colt sired by the great Medaglia d’Oro and related to 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra sold for 2.6938 ETH, or $4,212, to top last week’s Game of Silks auction. It was the third-highest price ever paid for a thoroughbred in Game of Silks, which launches its inaugural racing season in April.
Seven of the 10 horses up for auction changed hands for a total of 5.0804 ETH, or $7,944. The average price was 0.726 ETH, or $1,134. The three horses that didn’t draw winning bids have been relisted for sale on OpenSea.
Silks auctions give owners a chance to build their stables for the game’s first racing season, which begins with the opening of Keeneland’s spring meet. In 2023, Silks owners will receive 1% of their horses’ real-world purse earnings, a figure that’s expected to rise steadily in subsequent years.
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The sale-topping colt sold for $500,000 as a yearling and is a son of Medaglia d’Oro, a Grade 1 winner who earned $5.75 million. As a 3-year-old in 2002, Medaglia d’Oro won three graded stakes, including the Grade 1 Travers, and ran second in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Belmont Stakes and Wood Memorial. He scored three more graded stakes wins at 4, including the Grade 1 Whitney, and again was second in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.
The 2-year-old colt is the first foal produced by Enaya Alrabb, a daughter of Uncle Mo who placed in a Grade 1 stakes race. Second dam Lotta Rhythm is a stakes winner who’s produced five winners. Third dam Kim’s Blues is related to racing royalty since her stakes-winning daughter Lotta Kim produced 2009 Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra. Kim’s Blues won four races and has produced nine winners, including stakes winner High Blues.
Here’s a look at the rest of last week’s group:
● 2021 TONI’S HOLLYDAY (0.8022 ETH) – Sired by Liam’s Map, this colt sold for $205,000. Liam’s Map won the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile in 2015 and retired with $1.36 million in earnings. He got $7.09 million in progeny earnings last year, ranking fifth among North American stallions who had only four crops of racing-age foals.
Toni’s Hollyday won three races and has produced four foals of racing age, with two winners, including stakes winner Chi Town Lady. Second dam May Day Vow is a stakes winner, and third dam May Day Bluff produced six winners, including Grade 3 winner May Day Rose.
● 2021 TOTALLY TUCKER (0.3554 ETH) – Named Backstretch, this son of Uncle Mo sold for $30,000. The champion juvenile male of 2010, Uncle Mo won the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and Grade 1 Champagne Stakes before illness derailed his career. He got $14.5 million in progeny earnings last year to rank sixth among North American stallions.
Totally Tucker, a daughter of Elusive Quality, won two races. She’s produced six foals of racing age, with three winners, including Grade 3 stakes winners Totally Boss and Super Steed. Second dam Champagne Royal produced Grade 1 winners Majestic Harbor and Danza.
● 2021 K.D.’S SHADY LADY (0.308 ETH) – Preakness Stakes-winning trainer Dale Romans bought this colt for $50,000 on behalf of a client. He was sired by Oscar Performance, a son of the record-breaking turf sire Kitten’s Joy. Oscar Performance won four Grade 1 turf stakes, including the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf. Last year, his 2-year-olds earned $1.54 million, placing him eighth among North America’s freshman stallions.
K. D.’s Shady Lady placed in stakes races and is the dam of eight winners from 11 foals of racing age, including Grade 1 winner Lady of Fifty and stakes winners Lady Fifty Two and Forestry Steel.
● 2021 TWO COLUMBUS (0.307 ETH) – A Maryland-bred colt named Rapid Punch, he’ll be eligible for purse bonuses and lucrative races exclusively for horses bred in that state. A $50,000 purchase, he was sired by Madefromlucky. That stallion got $701,307 in progeny earnings last year, ranking 32nd among North American second-crop sires. Madefromlucky won two Grade 2 stakes and banked $1.35 million.
Two Columbus, sired by Two Punch, won five races and earned $149,281. She’s produced five foals of racing age, with three winners, including stakes winner Double Crown. Second dam Indy Go Go has produced six winners, including stakes winner Raise the Bluff. Third dam Dixie Accent was a stakes winner who produced nine winners.
● 2021 OUTRAGEOUS MISS (0.307 ETH) – Named Outrageously, this daughter of Practical Joke sold for $57,000. Practical Joke got $7.63 million in progeny earnings last year to rank second among North American stallions who had two crops of racing age. He won the Grade 1 Hopeful and Grade 1 Champagne stakes as a juvenile in 2016 and eventually retired with $1.8 million in earnings.
Outrageously is the first foal from Outrageous Miss, an unraced daughter of Bernardini. The second and third dams each won three races, and they’ve produced six winners combined. Through fourth dam Our Seattle Star, this filly is related to Grade 1 winner Seattle Smooth.
● 2021 FAR ISLE (0.307 ETH) – Purchased for $17,000, this colt was sired by Speightster, an Ontario stallion who broke his leg last year and was put down. Speightster got $6.88 million in progeny earnings last year, third among North American stallions with three crops of racing age. He won the Grade 3 Dwyer Stakes in 2015 and earned $368,800.
Far Isle, a daughter of Indian Charlie, won two races. She’s produced five foals of racing age, with two winners, including Grade 3 winner Faraway Kitten. This juvenile colt’s third dam produced Unbridled’s Song, a celebrated racehorse and breed-shaping stallion.
● 2021 CH CH CHERRY BOMB (reserve not attained, relisted for sale) – Sired by Karakontie, this colt sold for $9,000. Karakontie won a Group 1 stakes race in France as a juvenile, then captured the 2014 Breeders’ Cup Mile at age 3. Last year, Karakontie got $2.97 million in progeny earnings to rank 16th among North American stallions who had four crops of racing age.
Ch Ch Cherry Bomb was winless in three starts and has produced four foals of racing age, with two winners. She’s a full sister to Grade 2 stakes winner Together Indy and stakes winner Can’t Explain. Third dam I Ain’t Bluffing was a Grade 1 winner and produced Grade 2 winner Acting Happy.
● 2021 MISS SPINKS (RNA, relisted) – A $9,000 Virginia-bred filly, she’ll be eligible for purse bonuses and races restricted to horses bred in that state. She’s from the first crop sired by World of Trouble, who won the Grade 1 Jaipur Invitational and Grade 1 Carter Handicap in 2019, retiring with $1.26 million in earnings.
Miss Spinks, an unraced daughter of Rock Hard Ten, has produced six foals of racing age, with three winners. Second dam Cinnamon Sugar is a Grade 2 winner and the dam of three winners. Third dam Sugar and Spice was a Grade 1 winner who produced five winners, including stakes winner Sure Turn.
● 2021 HIGHLAND LADY (RNA, relisted) – Named Garnet Jubilee, he’s a $19,000 son of Collected. The stallion got $871,549 in progeny earnings last year, ranking 15th among North America’s freshman sires. Collected won the Grade 1 Pacific Classic in 2017.
Garnet Jubilee is the first foal from Highland Lady, a daughter of First Samurai who was winless in four starts. Second dam Kristi With a K placed in a Grade 3 stakes and produced the stakes winners Highland Sky and Highland Glory. The third dam produced Grade 1 winner Bit of Whimsy, while the fourth dam produced Grade 1 winners Miss Josh and Royal Mountain Inn.
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. 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, Silks already is among the top 10 sports-themed NFT platforms on the Ethereum blockchain.