Pompa’s Dispersale & Sam-Son Broodmares Spark Motion at Keeneland’s January Horses of All Ages Sale


(Danceforthecause sells to Gainesway Farm for $925,000 / Photograph Courtesy of Keeneland)

From the Keeneland Media Staff:

Two outstanding dispersals – 20 broodmares, yearlings and horses of racing age bought by Lane’s Finish, agent for the Full Dispersal of the Property of Paul P. Pompa Jr., and 21 in-foal broodmares owned by Sam-Son Farm, the acclaimed breed-to-race operation in Ontario – fueled brisk commerce on Tuesday’s second day of the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale.


A horse from every dispersal bought for $925,000 apiece to guide the session. Through telephone bidding with a Keeneland consultant, Peter Brant’s White Birch Farm paid the quantity for the third horse within the ring, Regal Glory, a a number of graded stakes winner for Pompa. Later within the day, Gainesway Farm bought Danceforthecause, in foal to Twirling Sweet, from Sam-Son to equal the worth.

On Tuesday, Keeneland bought 247 horses for $23,319,400, for a median of $94,411 and a median of $40,000.

A complete of 453 horses grossed $35,414,800 by way of two periods of the four-day sale, for a median of $78,178 and a median of $37,000.


“The facility of the dispersal was very apparent at this time with 9 of the highest 10 costs paid for horses from the dispersals,” Keeneland Director of Gross sales Operations Geoffrey Russell stated. “These dispersals are bittersweet, however we respect the belief they put in Keeneland to place the present on at this time.

“The chance, particularly with the Sam-Son Dispersal, to get into these mares has been restricted over time,” he added. “Persons are hungry to get into these sturdy feminine households. The identical is true for the mares owned by Mr. Pompa. Breeders are searching for blue skies forward and so they need to have the product to supply yearlings to promote.”

The Pompa Dispersal generated gross sales of $4,037,000 and included 4 horses bought for $400,000 or extra. Co-highest priced Regal Glory, a 5-year-old daughter of Animal Kingdom out of graded stakes winner Mary’s Follies, by Extra Than Prepared, gained the 2019 Lake Placid (G2) and Lake George (G3) and captured the 2020 Kentucky Downs Women Turf (G3) in her most up-to-date begin. She was cataloged as a racing or broodmare prospect.

White Birch acquired one other Pompa horse when it paid $260,000 for Correct Mad, whose 3-year-old Union Rags colt, Carillo, gained his profession debut on Jan. 8 at Aqueduct. From the household of Grade 1 winner Dunbar Street, Correct Mad is an 8-year-old daughter of Bernardini and the Unbridled mare Personal Reward who’s in foal to Join. Carillo is scheduled to promote right here Thursday when the Pompa Dispersal continues with 19 horses.

Pompa, a broadly revered horseman and businessman who died in October 2020, had a profitable affiliation with Keeneland. In 2007, he paid $190,000 for future Kentucky Derby (G1) and Preakness (G1) winner and champion Large Brown at Keeneland’s April Two-Yr-Olds in Coaching Sale. He additionally campaigned Night time Prowler to win the 2015 Transylvania (G3) right here and raced Fanny Freud in partnership with Stephen Yarbrough and Anthony Gray to win Keeneland’s 2010 Beaumont (G2).

The Sam-Son Dispersal was the session’s main consignor with gross sales of $6,733,000 that featured six horses bringing $400,000 and extra. The dispersal represented a closing chapter within the story of the a number of Eclipse Award- and Sovereign Award-winning operation based in 1972 by the late Ernie Samuel and nonetheless run by his household. Sam-Son bred and raced horses that earned 4 Eclipse Awards and 84 Sovereign Awards together with 44 graded stakes winners.

Through the years, various Sam-Son horses raced at Keeneland, and the farm obtained the distinguished Keeneland Tray in the course of the 2005 Spring Meet to acknowledge its graded stakes success – a milestone that solely 20 house owners have reached in monitor historical past.

The dispersal was particularly emotional for the Sam-Son group at Keeneland.

“With the enterprise of the sport and making an attempt to get all the pieces prepared – we’ve got labored so onerous to do that – we haven’t actually given ourselves time to soak up all of it,” Sam-Son Supervisor Dave Whitford stated. “I believe after the sale is when it’s actually going to sink in.


“There’s stress to do issues proper for the (Samuel) household,” he continued. “They’ve been doing this for 50 years, and we don’t wish to mess that up. There’s a nice legacy, and we’ve got felt that stress. It’s (all) bittersweet, for certain.”

Danceforthecause, who bought to Gainesway Farm for $925,000, is a 10-year-old daughter of Large’s Causeway who has produced Grade 1 winner Say the Phrase and Grade 2 winner Rideforthecause. She is out of the Thunder Gulch mare Dancethruthestorm, a daughter of Sam-Son’s Racing Corridor of Famer Dance Well.

“She is a very stunning mare and has been such an excellent producer already,” stated Gainesway Director of Bloodstock and Racing Alex Solis II, who signed the ticket. “I really feel that is the perfect Sam-Son household there’s with Dance Well because the second dam and Good Strike proper there on the web page.”

Hill ‘n’ Dale at Xalapa paid $900,000 for one more Sam-Son mare, Misleading Imaginative and prescient, and went to $530,000 to accumulate her half-sister Enjoyable within the Desert. Each are out of Canadian champion Eye of the Sphynx, by Good Strike.

Misleading Imaginative and prescient is an 11-year-old daughter of A.P. Indy in foal to Warfare Entrance. She is a full sister to Canadian champion Eye of the Leopard and stakes winners Hotep and Desert Isle.

Enjoyable within the Desert, a 10-year-old mare by Distorted Humor, is the dam of Canadian champion Desert Trip. In foal to Sweet Trip (ARG), she is carrying a full sibling to Desert Trip.

The session’s main purchaser was Phil Schoenthal, agent for Decided Stud of Maryland, who bought 5 horses for a complete of $2.12 million. Topping the acquisitions at $875,000 was the Sam-Son mare Southern Ring, a Grade 3-winning daughter of Speightstown in foal to Into Mischief. She is out of stakes winner Searching for the Ring, by Searching for the Gold, and from the household of Canadian champion Catch the Ring.


For Decided, Schoenthal bought two horses from the Pompa Dispersal. They went to $570,000 for Off Matter, a 5-year-old Grade 1-placed daughter of Road Sense consigned as a racing or broodmare prospect. Out of Off Limits, by Embody, she is from the household of Grade 1 winners Miner’s Mark, Historically and My Flag.

They paid $320,000 for Sustained, an 11-year-old, graded stakes-placed daughter of Warfare Entrance in foal to Join. Out of Sweetstorm Amy, by Lemon Drop Child, Sustained is the dam of Grade 3 winner Turned Apart, who gained the Aqueduct Turf Dash Championship (L) in November and is scheduled to promote right here Thursday.

One other top-priced horse from the Pompa Dispersal on Tuesday was stakes winner Stunning Lover, a 5-year-old daughter of Arch bought to Moyglare Stud Farm for $650,000. Consigned as a racing or broodmare prospect, she is out of American Skipper, by Quiet American, and a half-sister to Grade 2 winner Zivo.


Moyglare’s Fiona Craig stated Stunning Lover would resume her racing profession with coach Christophe Clement.


“Hopefully the pandemic will stop so (Moyglare proprietor) Eva (Maria Bucher-Haefner) will be capable of come over and see her race,” Craig stated. “Long run we’ll add (Stunning Lover) to the broodmare band.”

At $400,000, the session’s highest-priced yearling was a filly from the primary crop of Metropolis of Gentle bought to Larry Finest’s OXO Equine. Lane’s Finish, agent, consigned the daughter of the Bernardini mare I’ll Present Me, a half-sister to champion Proud Spell and from the household of stakes winners Indian Spell and Dak Assault.



The January Sale continues Wednesday and runs by way of Thursday. All periods start at 10 a.m. ET.

Your complete public sale is being streamed stay on Keeneland.com and the Watch TVG App.


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