Almarmooq certainly wasn’t destined for this from the start, but the 8-year-old Dynaformer gelding became a stakes winner when he outlasted five others in the $35,000 Pennsylvania Hunt Cup timber stakes Nov. 1.
Runners campaigned by Coolmore and partners—Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor, and Derrick Smith—took three championships: Legatissimo; Minding, 2-year-old filly; and Air Force Blue, 2-year-old colt; the latter two are trained by Aidan O’Brien.
Although one of several US 2-year-old colts will win the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and likely be named champion of his division, there is no great uncertainty among the juvenile colts overseas. Air Force Blue (by War Front) is the top of the tree in England and Ireland after three
In other highlights during the early part of the session, agent Cecil Seaman bid $1.3m for ten-year-old Lacadena, by Fasliyev and out of a half-sister to American Broodmare of the Year Better Than Honour, dam of Belmont Stakes winners Rags To Riches and Jazil.
Lacadena, the dam of recent graded stakes winner America, sold for $1.3 million to the Heider Family Stable, becoming the second broodmare to fetch a seven-figure price tag in the opening hours of the Keeneland November breeding stock sale’s second session.