For Monomoy Girl's breeders, time is right to sell dam
Drumette will be offered at the November Sale
Monomoy Girl has been nothing short of sensational this year, dominating the three-year-old filly division with four Grade 1 triumphs.
Trained by Brad Cox for Michael Dubb, Monomoy Stables, the Elkstone Group and Bethlehem Stables, Monomoy Girl has won eight of her nine starts, including this year's Kentucky Oaks, Coaching Club American Oaks, Acorn Stakes and Ashland Stakes.
Her bankroll of more than $1.6 million represents a hefty return on the $100,000 paid for the daughter of Tapizar when she was purchased by Liz Crow of BSW Bloodstock as a yearling.
Monomoy Girl's breeders hope to also capitalise on the filly's success by selling her dam at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale, with Gainesway as agent. The evening auction in Lexington takes place on November 4.
Drumette, Monomoy Girl's dam, is a ten-year-old winning daughter of Henny Hughes in foal to Mastery, a son of Candy Ride who entered stud this year at Claiborne Farm for an initial fee of $25,000. Drumette's 2018 colt by Shackleford is also being sold at the Fasig-Tipton sale.
Produced from the stakes-winning Williamstown mare Endless Parade, Drumette is a half-sister to Graded stakes winner Drum Major and is from the family of champion Heavenly Cause.
Drumette and the weanling colt are owned by FPF - an entity belonging to Brendan and Olive Gallagher, who operate Frankfort Park Stud in Central Kentucky - and the Highfield Ranch of Michael Hernon, Gainesway's sales director.
Monomoy Girl was bred by FPF and Highfield, who purchased Drumette for $75,000 from Pope McLean's consignment to the 2014 Keeneland November Breeding-Stock Sale while she was carrying Monomoy Girl in utero.
"It's every breeder's dream to produce horses like Monomoy Girl," said Brendan Gallagher. "She's a special filly."
Since he and his wife are commercial breeders, Gallagher said it was a joint decision between the couple and Hernon to sell Drumette at this time.
"We'd love to keep them all, but we are commercial breeders and therefore we have to take a profit when it's available," Gallagher said, adding that the decision is emotional for the breeders.
"We'd love to hang on to horses like that because we are passionate about what we do. It's difficult to sell her. I am nearly getting upset at the thought because she has been very good to us. But it's just one of those business decisions we have to make."
Gallagher said it's difficult to appraise Drumette's likely sale price.
"I don't know what she's going to bring, but I'm sure there are people out there who will appreciate her now that she's the dam of a multiple Grade 1 winner," Gallagher said. "Best of luck to the next person and hopefully she will be as good for them as she was for us."
Monomoy Girl is only one of several Graded stakes winners for the Gallaghers this year, who in the Frankfort Park or Extern Developments name also bred Yuvetsi, whose second stakes success came in the Grade 3 Rancho Bernardo Handicap at Del Mar, as well as Grade 3 Forward Gal Stakes winner Take Charge Paula and The Tabulator, winner of last year's Grade 3 Iroquois Stakes who recently won another stakes race at Prairie Meadows.
"We have been lucky this year," Gallagher said. "We don't have a lot of mares, so let's hope it keeps happening."
"We are appreciative of the opportunity to offer such an elite producer as Drumette at our November sale," said Fasig-Tipton president Boyd Browning. "Monomoy Girl has established herself as the top three-year-old filly of her generation, making Drumette one of most exciting broodmares to come to public auction this year."
In addition to the Shackleford weanling colt, another sibling to Monomoy Girl is being offered for sale this fall, with a yearling colt by Palace Malice produced from Drumette consigned by Gainesway to the Keeneland September Yearling Sale.
The April-born colt is entered in the sale's fifth session as Hip 1358. He was bred by FPF and Highfield and purchased by Fir Grove Farm for $60,000 as a weanling at the Keeneland November Breeding-Stock Sale.
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