Closing Argument filly tops Day 10 at Keeneland

A half-sister to recent G1 Ballerina Stakes winner Rightly So topped Day 10 at Wednesday’s Keeneland September yearling sale.  W.D. North Thoroughbreds paid $155,000 for the Closing Argument filly (Lot 2936) who was bred in New York and sold on account of Burleson Farms as agent.

Rightly So (Read the Footnotes) captured the Ballerina on August 28 at Saratoga by four lengths, stamping herself as a major contender for the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (G1) on November 5.  Earlier, Rightly So had captured the G3 Bed o’ Roses Hcp, LR Iroquois Stakes and LR Love is Eternal Stakes.  Her current record stands at 11-7-3-1 with earnings of $480,050.

Their dam Fit Right In (Out of Place) is a half-sister to stakes performers Under Serviced (Hook and Ladder) and Don’t Mind Me (Freud).

Kim Valerio’s Walnut Green Bloodstock went to $150,000 to secure a filly from the first crop of G1 winner Latent Heat.  Consigned by Brandywine Farm, the Kentucky-bred filly is from G3 winner Grand Charmer (Lord Avie) who is also the second dam of 2006 Champion 3YO filly Wait a While (Maria’s Mon).

Grand Charmer herself is a half-sister to Private Feeling (Belong to Me), the dam of G1 Preakness Stakes winner Lookin at Lucky (Smart Strike) and G2 winner Kensei (Mr. Greeley).   Lookin at Lucky is currently favoured to land champion three-year-old colt honours with victories in the Haskell Invitational (G1) and Rebel Stakes (G2) in addition to the Preakness.

On Wednesday, 275 yearlings sold for $6.92 million and the average increased 30.4% to $25,171.  The sale runs through to Sunday.