Thursday, October 27, 2022

A filly by Gun Runner became the sales-topper on final day of the Oct. 24-27 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky Yearlings sale when hip No. 1364 brought a winning bid of $700,000 from trainer Wesley Ward.

The chestnut filly was consigned by Claiborne Farm, agent and was bred by Rich Santulli’s Colts Neck Stables in Kentucky.

“She’s a great physical by a sire who is off to a sensational start from a really nice family,” Ben McElroy, who did the bidding on behalf of Ward, said. “I loved the bottom side of the family, too. Mr. P with Roberto on the bottom side and the dam is a full to a good horse.”

The filly is the second foal out of No More Parties, who is a full sister to the brilliant Grade 1-winning millionaire Force the Pass. Their dam Social Queen was also a multiple graded stakes winner, and her sister Passe is the dam of Grade 1-placed Wonder Gal, who in turn is the dam of this year’s Debutante S. winner Wonder Wheel.

Gun Runner wrapped up the sale with seven lots sold for an average of $345,714.

Gun Runner’s offspring will be center stage in next week’s Breeders’ Cup at Keeneland, with a total of seven horses pre-entered, second-most for any sire, one behind Into Mischief and Curlin. Breeders’ Cup post positions will be drawn on Halloween.