Abel Tasman $5 million sale headlines first day of Keeneland January sale

Abel Tasman $5 million sale headlines first day of Keeneland January sale
Abel Tasman won the 2017 Kentucky Oaks (Source: Kentucky Derby)

LEXINGTON, KY (WAVE) - Champion Abel Tasman’s $5 million price tag equaled the highest price in Keeneland January Sale history.

Trained by Bob Baffert, Abel Tasman went to Coolmore’s M.V. Magnier.

“(It’s a lot of money), but she’s a queen, isn’t she?” Dermot Ryan, manager of Coolmore’s Ashford Stud near Lexington, said. “They are very rare when they come across like that, animals like her. She had everything; she’d be anybody’s dream filly to own."

Abel Tasman notched six Grade 1 wins, and earned almost $2.8 million during her racing career, including a win in the 2017 Oaks.

Her $5 million price tag equaled that of Mackie in the 2000 January Sale.

“We had a very strong session today,” Keeneland Director of Sales Operations Geoffrey Russell said. “We were proud to offer Abel Tasman and to get the highest price for a broodmare prospect ever sold in January. We thank the Cleary brothers and China Horse Club for the opportunity to market her. It was great to see a large crowd here to watch her sell. She deserved the adoration she got and deserved the price, too."

Keeneland sold 223 horses on Monday, for a total of more than $21 million.

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