Hemel ‘n Aarde’s resident sire Alado hails from one of the best families in the stud book, and this great female line was once again in the news on the first day of the 2015 Keeneland September Yearling Sale.
Day one’s top priced lot, who was consigned by Timber Town Farm, on behalf of Mandy Pope, and bought by Shadwell for $1.45 million, traces back to the tap root mare Alruccaba-herself the third dam of Alado.
Top lot on day of the 11 day marathon sale was 116, a daughter of popular sire War Front and the winning Galileo mare Betterbetterbetter, who was second in the G3 Kerry Group Noblesse Stakes. Mandy Pope purchased Betterbetterbetter for $5.2 million at Fasig Tipton in 2013.
Betterbetterbetter is a three parts sister to G1 Irish 1000 Guineas winner Yesterday and G1 Moyglare Stud Stakes winner Quarter Moon, with the latter also dam of this year’s G1 Pretty Polly Stakes winner Diamondsandrubies.
Alado’s dam is none other than the late, great Alborada, a dual winner of the G1 Champion Stakes and an own sister to German Horse Of The Year Albanova.
This outstanding family has produced numerous champions over the years, including recent standouts Igugu and Zarkava, and Alado and his clan trace back to none other than the “Flying Filly” Mumtaz Mahal, whose descendants include the breed shaping stallions Nasrullah and Royal Charger.
War Front and Alado are both by the late, great Claiborne legend Danzig, so this filly is indeed closely related to Alado.
Sire of Sunday’s impressive G1 Goffs Vincent O’Brien National Stakes winner Air Force Blue, War Front was responsible for the top three lots sold on day one of the Keeneland Sale, which continues through until September 26th.