Lammerskraal Stud’s successful resident stallion Visionaire had a pair of relatives make headlines on the first day of the 2019 Keeneland September Yearling Sale on Monday.
Visionaire’s G1 Santa Margarita Stakes winning half-sister Tara’s Tango was responsible for a Medaglia D’Oro colt (Lot 138) who made $2.15 million on Monday –making the regally bred colt the second top lot sold on Monday, while Visionaire’s outstanding dam Scarlet Tango had a Curlin colt (Lot 68) sell for $800 000.
Both colts were consigned by Denali Stud on behalf of Stonestreet, with the Medagalia D’Oro colt knocked down to Godolphin, and the Curlin colt sold to Mike Ryan, as agent.
The son of Medaglia d’Oro, Hip 138 is the first foal from Tara’s Tango. “It is always nice to get this kind of start,” Denali Vice President Conrad Bandoroff said. “We knew that (Hip) 138 was popular with all the right people, but you never let your expectations get that high. He is an incredible physical. Stonestreet raises as good a horse as anybody in the business. He is a testament to the evolution of their program: a homebred from a Grade 1 winner (also bred and raced by Stonestreet).
We are fortunate that we get to represent them. We appreciate the whole Stonestreet team. We give them all the credit; they did a fantastic job raising the horse.”
Visionaire’s stakes placed dam Scarlet Tango (by French Deputy) is an excellent producer, having produced nine winners, including the graded stakes winners Visionaire (G1 King’s Bishop Stakes), the aforementioned Tara’s Tango, Madison’s Luna (G3 Hutcheson Stakes), and Scarlet Strike (G3 Providencia Stakes).
South Africa’s Leading First Crop Sire in 2014-2015 and Leading Second Crop Sire the following year, Visionaire enjoyed success at Hollywoodbets Greyville last Sunday when his son Bestday Of Mylife scored over 1400 metres.